RESIDENTS in Dinas Powys have raised fears over flooding from a nearby building site.

A pond storing rain water in particularly wet periods is intended to stop flooding from water running off from the development off Cross Common Road.

However this seems to have failed, with adjacent land being flooded in recent wet weather.

The site is being developed by Edenstone Homes, which is building 50 new homes on the 5.7 acre site, with the first new homes to be sold later this year.

Plaid Cymru community councillor Chris Franks said, “We have sent pictures to the Vale council of the flooding which extends beyond the site.

“Prior to planning being granted the Vale County Council was warned of the flooding risk.

“Residents want to know what the Vale County Council intends to do about the current situation and how the council will prevent a repeat of this situation.”

A Vale council spokesman said: “The council’s drainage engineers were aware of the potential surface water flood risk on this site when they reviewed the drainage strategy via the planning process.

“Condition six of the outline consent required further drainage details which were approved in December 2018 and must be implemented prior to first beneficial occupation of any of the dwellings on the site.

“I am advised that this area was designed to flood and the houses elevated to ensure they wouldn’t flood internally – although the works aren’t completed and the development is still under construction.

“We will keep the matter under review and our drainage engineers intend to inspect the site to investigate further, following which we will liaise with the developer to pursue any necessary action.”

A spokesperson for Edenstone Homes said: “We understand residents’ concerns about flooding and as a responsible homebuilder we take our commitment to the environment seriously.

“In line with current SUDs (sustainable drainage system) guidance, we have constructed a storm water storage pond at our development on Cross Common Road, with drainage designed to accommodate a once in 100 years storm event, plus an allowance for climate change.

“This system connects to a storm drain under Cardiff Road, as approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

“During the heavy rainfall recently, we were notified of the raised water level within the pond area.

“We met with the Vale of Glamorgan who are, as we understand it, investigating a potential blockage in the drain under Cardiff Road. We will continue to monitor the water levels and work with the council to ensure the system is working effectively as designed. If any further works are required, we will work closely with the council to resolve the matter.”