Stonehaven & District Community Council are citing a local example in their campaign to make independent hydrology assessments mandatory.
Currently, a developer needs to have a sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) plan in place, but there is no compulsion to get an independent hydrology report.
Stonehaven & District Community Council (SDCC) are citing the example of Kirktown of Fetteresso and the GS Brown Development to support their campaign. Following the installation of GS Brown’s SUDS, local residents experienced overspill from overloaded drains.
Following intervention by SEPA, and recalculations for the SUDS, local resident Dr Keith Stewart reported that ground water coming through off the GS Brown site at Fetteresso was finally running clear into the Cheyne Burn drainage channel.
Phil Mills-Bishop, vice-chair of SDCC, said IHAs were “a win-win”, and expressed determination to get Aberdeenshire Council on board to make them compulsory.
He said: “Before plans get to approval we’re trying to give assurance to developers and communities that someone can come in with no vested interest to assess the situation.”
Stating their position, a spokesperson for Aberdeenshire Council said: “The onus on providing accurate and correct information to accompany any planning application sits firmly with the applicant, who will be expected to engage appropriately qualified persons to produce the required technical information in support their application.”