Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Why would you buy at Tripcock Point?

Over the past year we've posted more than once about proposals to expand London City Airport, and the inevitable impact that will have on the Council flagship housing developments in Thamesmead. One of the more obvious points we've never mentioned about this development (and the one on the Peninsula as well) is the potential flooding risk.

The Peninsula development does at least have the advantage of being the right side of the Thames barrier, however the Thamesmead development is in the naturally floodplain of the Thames (as is the whole of the Gateway development). This factor is rarely mentioned when the Council proudly boasted about the wonderful homes that will be built there.

We just thought therefore we would put the development into perspective by posting an image from today's Daily Telegraph about what is very likely to happen in the next fifty years. It's doubtful anyone living there will be able to get insurance. From what we can tell the flood mitigation is not high on the development agenda. It's all about "vision" you see.

If you click the image you will get the large version (courtesy of the Telegraph website. The lesson to learn from the academic report is simple. Building thousands of homes in Thamesmead is probably a little bit silly.

4 Comments:

Blogger Indigo said...

Not looking good for the 2012 Olympic Park - not only has unexploded ordnance been found there, and chemical leaked into the ground, but being in the risk-of-flood area it may prove extremely expensive to insure.

8:57 am  
Blogger The Last Boy Scout said...

All people really need to do is look an old AtoZ that was printed before Thamesmead was built to see the that area was called "Plumstead marshes".

A bit of clue in the name.

11:55 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, are telegraph busy rehashing any old bollocks this week?

And what's the maps look like if you improve the flood defense?

If's and but innit!

3:29 pm  
Blogger Indigo said...

anonymong, 3:29, omitted to say that

(a) the Environment Agency's Thames 2100 project (so-called because it aims to protect London for the rest of this century) aims to upgrade London's defences by 2030 - too late for the 2012 Olympics.

(b) global warming could make the large ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica melt sooner than expected, in which case we may experience twice the sea level rise expected so far.

It could look twice as bad, long before London's defences have been upgraded, and long before the national Labour Party has lost all its members.

7:42 pm  

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