A new flood map has been released for an Oxfordshire village after concerns were expressed over its locality to The Moors.

It was concluded that the flood risk from main rivers in Ducklington for the area south of the A40 and to the wet of Queen Emma's Dyke was 'underrepresented' and so the existing Flood Map for Planning has been updated as a result.

West Oxfordshire District Council had raised the concerns and new updates to the maps will be used to inform planning decisions so that future applications need to take updated flood risks into account.

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Councillor Lidia Arciszewska, Executive Member for the Environment, said: "We are all more than aware of the consequences of building new housing developments in flood zones since we see reports of them on our TV screens too often.

"I am therefore delighted that the Environment Agency has acted so quickly to review the flood risk on The Moor.

“I would like to thank Ducklington residents and the Parish Council for supplying recent and historic evidence of flooding on The Moors, and the team of WODC Councillors and Officers, who have worked tirelessly to get to this stage."

Ms Arciszewska added that she was grateful to the Environment Agency (EA), which carried out the review, for taking the concerns on board, re-assessing the flood risk, and updating the map.

The report from the EA states that the previous map “underrepresents the flood risk from main rivers in Ducklington."

In addition to updates to the Flood Map for Planning, the historic flood map has also been updated using photos of previous flood events provided by the local community.

The updated map shows that the site, on which permission by the Planning Inspector has been granted for 120 new homes, is within floodzone three which is the highest risk of flooding.

Release of the map follows an open letter written to the vendors of the site in August advising that new information related to the risk of flooding was being reviewed.

Detailed plans for the proposed 120-home site will now need to be submitted and approved before the site is developed.

The updated flood map will be used to determine any planning applications submitted to the District Council for developing the site, once published.

Updates may change how many houses can be built on the site when the detailed plans are considered.

They may also require increased flood mitigation measures to be put in place.

Ms Arciszewska added: "As a District Council, we are committed to working with partners and communities to listen to residents' feedback.

"This has been a great team effort to get to this point.”