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Mikhail Liebenstein

Swallowfield - Between Ewhurst And Cranleigh Surrey

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Just heard this from a friend who live in Cranleigh, which is a large village near Guildford in Surrey.

A new estate development (Swallowhurst) has been built midway between the village and a smaller village called Ewhurst and consists of some very expensive houses - the 4 beds go up to £1.6m. http://www.lindenhom...hurst-cranleigh Whilst the site is reasonably elevated there is a stream nearby and also it looks like part of the site used to consist of a pond formed by run off that used to gather in a dip on the site.

Anyway, my friend said they have just had to close the show home as the garden was flooded - apparently the more expensive properties were built lower down in a natural dip (to hide them from the road), and the run off built up with the recent bad weather.

This is certainly fixable with improved drainage, as they are at a fairly high elevation so plenty of space for the water to go to, but the natural lie of the land at the site does seem to present a water trap in the estate - the site is showing as having previously had a pond from the aerial images and he is not sure they haven't built on the pond.

The rest of the immediate surrounding area is free from the risk of run off as it basically it runs down hill to a water course about 15-20 meter lower down - so sounds like a case of poor drainage design as there hasn't been any other flooding even at the water course which is at the bottom of the hill about a mile way.

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Just heard this from a friend who live in Cranleigh, which is a large village near Guildford in Surrey.

A new estate development (Swallowhurst) has been built midway between the village and a smaller called Ewhurst and consists of some very expensive houses - the 4 beds go up to £1.6m. http://www.lindenhomes.co.uk/developments/surrey/swallowhurst-cranleigh Whilst the site is reasonably elevated there is a stream nearby and also it looks like part of the site used to consist of a pond formed by run off that used to gather in a dip on the site.

Anyway, my friend said they have just had to close the show home as the garden was flooded - apparently the more expensive properties were built lower down in a natural dip (to hide them from the road), and the run off built up with the recent bad weather.

This is certainly fixable with improved drainage, as they are at a fairly high elevation so plenty of space for the water to go to, but the natural lie of the land at the site does seem to present a water trap in the estate - the site is showing as having previously had a pond from the aerial images and he is not sure they haven't built on the pond.

The rest of the immediate surrounding area is free from the risk of run off as it basically it runs down hill to a water course about 15-20 meter lower down - so sounds like a case of poor drainage design as there hasn't been any other flooding even at the water course which is at the bottom of the hill about a mile way.

:lol::lol: You realise that Ewhurst is an anagram of Wet Rush

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Quite apart from any flooding aspect, what I find so depressing is that in an already expensive area, planners are allowing just a few homes that are going to be unaffordable for the vast majority. Three bed houses at £870K!

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