Reservoir plans given permission the go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 11:01 11 June 2014

A computer-generated image of how the reservoirs would look from the top of Cheddar Gorge.

A computer-generated image of how the reservoirs would look from the top of Cheddar Gorge.

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A RESERVOIR has moved a step closer to being built in a Somerset village after being granted planning permission, despite objections from the parish council.

Bristol Water applied to build a £125million reservoir in Cheddar due to a surplus of houses in the area.

Sedgemoor District Council’s development control committee agreed on Tuesday to grant planning permission, even though Cheddar Parish Council had previously objected to the plans due to concerns over traffic.

Bristol Water spokesman Jeremy Williams said: “The company believes that the £125million reservoir, if built, will provide a much-needed new source of water in Somerset - as well as being of enormous long-term recreational and conservation benefit.”

The approval was granted subject to section 106 agreements, where a developer provides grants and support to benefit the area.

Bristol Water will provide a community fund to mitigate the effects of the construction.

This includes the creation of facilities in addition to the visitor centre and recreational facilities already planned for the reservoir site.

The company must also promote the recruitment of people from the area for employment.

It should also make financial contributions to Somerset County Council for improving and resurfacing nearby roads and footpaths.

Bristol Water now needs approval from water regulator Ofwat, which the company hopes will be granted sometime in the autumn.

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