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ASHRA's Response - Global Warming

Global Warming

The current situation with climate change means that some winters will result in far less rainfall than normal, and in others the rainfall will be far in excess of levels we have seen in the past. Over the last two winters, 2010/2011 & 2011/2012 we have had dramatically less rainfall than average according to the Metrological Office. A drought being declared in the south east of England.

However, when it does rain, the volumes are extreme and flooding occurs in many areas. It only takes one day of heavy rainfall to flood the fields to the rear of Ash Lodge Drive, and this persists and worsens as more run-off water is received from the north and from the south of the area, as detailed in our separate flood report.

The NPPF clearly states in one of its core principles of planning that “they should support the transition to a low carbon future in a changing climate, taking full account of flood risk.

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