Part of Hough End is included within Flood Zone 2 (in the Environment Agency’s flood risk assessment for the area). Although not included within the red line boundary of this site, this area is adjacent and the impact of the proposals ie extensive hardstanding for car parking, as well as artificial surface areas for pitches, adjacent to this area will put additional pressure the area and on Chorlton Brook which runs along the north of the site, as a result of rain water run-off. The last year has seen significant flooding within the local area and year on year as a result of climate change this is expected to intensify.

The proposal will increase the likelihood of this and on this basis is unacceptable and should be refused.