Homeowner wants to demolish entire house – and build exact replica on same spot

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A homeowner wants to knock down their two-bed house and rebuild an exact replica – but raised two feet higher to avoid repeated flooding.

The unnamed person in Northwich, Cheshire, is seeking planning permission for the extraordinary measure to protect against the annual threat.

Deluxe Architecture has made the submission on behalf of the frustrated resident to Northwich Town Council planners, with the only change being raised decking replacing patio tiles.

The application was sent on January 27, days after water levels in the area peaked following heavy rain, according to council records.

The application states: “This is our clients home and as can be understood, living under the threat of flood on what seems to be a yearly occurrence does not bode well on the health of any person living in these circumstances.

“This aside, the regularity of the floods are now affecting the ability to adequately insure and therefore reducing any possibility of resale in the future.

“Our clients have been resident for over 20 years and the property has family ties beyond that.

“Over recent years flooding has become more regular and the severity of the flooding has been beyond anything imagined at the original construction date of the properties.

“It is our proposal to demolish the existing property and rebuild it to the same plan and design. The new building will be set at a level of 600mm [60cm, 2 ft].”

Information in the application form for the proposal suggests external materials will remain the same, beyond the patio change.

The floods last month caused widespread damage across Northwich, and resulted in the emergency evacuation of elderly care home residents from Weaver Court.

This prompted the sight of retirees being pushed on a dinghy by firefighters in chest-deep water.

In the aftermath, local councillors called for more investment into the town’s ageing drainage system, and a petition to implement an action plan was signed by more than 1,000 residents.