PLANS to build 48 homes in a designated flood zone have been objected to by a flood authority.

Applicant Jason Alexander, of H and H Homes Ltd, has submitted proposals to build the houses off land in Dale View, Billington.

Lancashire County Council’s lead flood authority (LFA) objected to the plans for several reasons, including the lack of assessment of the watercourse that runs down the site.

In December 2015 part of the land was succumb to large amounts of flooding that ruined several houses in Billington.

Within a report, an LFA spokesman, said: “There was no reference in the flood risk assessment to the historic flooding event that occurred at this site in December 2015.

“Adequate information relating to to the extent of the flood event and any impacts that this may have had on or within close proximity to the proposed development needs to be provided.”

The proposals include a mix of two-bed, three-bed, four-bed and six-bed detached and terraces properties.

Billington and Langho Parish Council objected to the plans for several reasons including extra traffic, parts of the development falling within a flood zone and lack of school places for potential children.

Cllr Ged Mirfin, who represents the area on Ribble Valley Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted the consultees have objected to the plans.

“It is a common sense decision.

“The site is of a serious risk of flooding and we cannot say say for sure whether a flood would or would not happen here.

“The whole site was not flooded last time, but parts of it was.”

In a planning document, a spokesman on behalf of Mr Alexander, said: “The site is located in a sustainable location, with good access to public transport as well local services and amenities.

“The introduction of a residential use will increase the provision of high quality, family, market and affordable homes in the area whilst meeting an identified need.

“There are no significant demonstrable adverse impacts arising from the proposals that would outweigh the considerable benefits of the scheme.”