Developer Bloor Homes has been accused of "wearing blindfolds' over claims that a site it wants to build on in Ledbury hasn't flooded - as decision day looms for the controversual planning application.

The claim that the site to the north of Ledbury viaduct doesn't flood was made in a letter from Bloor to Herefordshire Council's principal planning officer, Carl Brace, after last month's planning committee meeting.

The letter states that Bloor was "very concerned' over worries that the site may flood, and went on the state: "It was particularly notable that during and after heavy rainfall experienced in the county, over the days immediately following the November 13 planning committee meeting, that the application site didn't experience any flooding."

But this view has been challenged by Wellington correspondent and campaigner, Peter Constantine, who is also worried about Bloor's continuing insistence of single public access to the proposed 625 house estate, off the Bromyard Road.

He has supplied the Reporter with an image, which apparently shows the proposed site of the estate being flooded, after last month's heavy rains.

And Mr Constantine has also supplied pictures of Bromyard Road itself flooding, during the same downpour.

He said: "The viaduct site planning application is refusing to go away. Bloor Homes are ignoring the local outcry and are resubmitting the same application which again goes before a full planning committee meeting on Wednesday December 11. It is a replay. Support is again requested: Same place, same script, but hopefully a final outcome."

He added: "Bloor state that there was no flooding on the site the day after the last meeting. They must have had blindfolds on!

"There is a photo of the flooding at the railway bridge that they wish to use as the only gateway to the site.”

Ledbury's mayor, and county councillor, Phillip Howells, who also urged local residents to attend the meeting on December 11, which will start at 10am in The Shire Hall, Hereford, is also concerned about the single access proposal and the fact that increasingly worsening weather, due to climate change, must be factored into any estate design.

But be also pointed out that Bloor should be able to install "drainage systems to manage floods".

And Bloor is also confident, ahead of the meeting, that its design for the site is sound.

A spokesman said: "Land North of the Viaduct is allocated in the adopted Herefordshire Core Strategy and the Ledbury Neighbourhood Development Plan for a mixed-use strategic development that will support the sustainable growth of Ledbury.

"Bloor Homes has worked closely with Herefordshire Council and key consultees to ensure the proposed development is fully policy compliant and we are pleased that the application to be considered by Council’s Planning Committee at their meeting on December 11 has an Officer recommendation to approve."

The spokesman added: "There are no technical objections to the application, including from Herefordshire Council as the Highway Authority, the Lead Local Flood Authority and the Environment Agency.

"Bloor Homes is, therefore, hopeful that the outline application will be approved by councillors in order."