The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the Environment Agency (Little Hadham Flood Alleviation Scheme) Compulsory Purchase Order 2017. The CPO was made under the Water Resources Act 1991 for a £9 million flood alleviation scheme to be constructed in conjunction with a new bypass on the A120 in Hertfordshire. The scheme involved creating flood storage areas to reduce the risk of flooding to the 72 properties at risk in Little Hadham and Hadham Ford.
The CPO provided for the acquisition of land and rights to construct, operate and maintain the flood alleviation structures. It also provided rights to prevent any works on or uses of land which would have the effect of reducing the flood storage capacity of the land, and rights at any time to cause or permit floodwater to enter onto and be retained on the land from time to time without limit as to depth or frequency of occurrence.
There were a number of objections to the scheme but they were all negotiated away prior to the inquiry, allowing the inquiry into the CPO to be cancelled.
Richard Honey advised the Environment Agency on the CPO (including the statement of case, proof of evidence and negotiations) instructed by Mark Brumwell of the Environment Agency.