Reservoir delays not a 'setback'

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 May 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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PROGRESS on a proposed £100million reservoir has been put on hold following a request by Sedgemoor District Council for more information - but developers say it is not a setback.

Bristol Water submitted a planning application to the council to build a second reservoir in Cheddar in December last year.

The reservoir would meet the growing strain on current water supplies as the area continues to experience a surge in house building and an influx of people.

The council has made a Regulation 22 request, which asks for further information and 
clarification on some aspects of the application from the developer.

Bristol Water hoped the application would be approved this spring, but the request means it will be subject to another period of consultation.

Spokesman Jeremy Williams said: “The request is relatively routine given the complexity of such a major application.

“After all, the application is accompanied by more than 300 supporting documents.

“It would be very surprising if there were no follow-up queries at all from the council.”

Bristol Water has now submitted a new environmental statement so the council can assess the effects of the proposal and study mitigation measures where they are necessary.

Mr Williams said: “We have, of course, co-operated fully in providing the extra information requested.

“We do not regard this as any kind of setback to the progress of the application and we look forward to it going before the development committee in due course.”

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