Builders' boost for flood defence scheme

Builders' boost for flood defence scheme


Cameron Homes, which is expanding into the region, with three new developments planned, has made a £500 donation to the Shipston Area Flood Action Group.

The money will be used to help kick start a natural flood defence project in the village of Tredington, near Shipston on Stour, where Cameron is building 29 properties, including affordable homes.

Andy Gough, sales and marketing director of Cameron Homes, said that the firm was pleased to be able to help with the project and receive a certificate for its contribution.

“As a company we are always keen to get involved in local initiatives and to support communities where we can so we responded positively when approached about this very worthwhile scheme.”

Len Grey of the action group said that they were working in a catchment area covering around 180sq kms but Cameron’s contribution would be put towards a natural flood defence scheme in Tredington, as this is where the new homes would be provided.

“The design of this intervention is planned to provide a natural habitat for birds and other wildlife, whilst holding the water back from entering the River Stour for several hours during periods of heavy rainfall. In this way we hope to keep the river below flood levels.  

“It will cost around £10,000, for which we have so far raised £2,000 in total, enough to kick start the work this spring when we can get heavy plant onto the site.

“We are clearly delighted that Cameron Homes have chosen to donate and support us - and as a result the local community - in its fight against the devastation and disruption that extreme flood events can cause in the area."

Cameron Homes, established over 20 years ago in Staffordshire, is aiming to develop sites in an area from Oxford to Stratford upon Avon and is looking to open a new office in the region in the future.

The current developments, at Tredington, Badsey and Lower Quinton, will provide 90 homes in total, including a range of family homes and affordable properties for local people looking to get a foothold on the housing ladder.

The firm will also be making financial contributions to local communities through Section 106 agreements – part of the planning process – which means that a percentage of the development costs are passed on for use on initiatives such as local projects and improvements.