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PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 June 2012

An artist's impression of the new reservoir

An artist's impression of the new reservoir

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A NEW 6,000 megalitre reservoir in a Somerset town has moved a step closer to reality after Bristol Water this week appointed a planning consultant.

The company is looking to build a new water source close to the existing reservoir in Axbridge.

Planning consultants Arup will now prepare a planning application for the company to hand to Sedgemoor District Council in December 2013.

It is also beginning a public consultation period which it says will take into consideration the views of residents, stakeholders and local authorities over the next two years.

Arup advised Bristol Water during the site selection process earlier this year and launched studies to ensure Cheddar Springs will be able to fill the new reservoir and continue to supply the existing one.

Wayne Dyer, Arup’s associate director and planning expert, said: “I am pleased to be involved in a major project which aims to safeguard a reliable and affordable water supply for future generations.

“As a resident of Somerset I am also looking forward to the opportunity this project provides for Arup to demonstrate its ability for creative and sensitive design in one of the most picturesque and sensitive landscapes in the South West.”

Bristol Water’s engineering director, Mike Smith, said: “We are looking forward to working closely with Arup as we move forward into the planning phase and particularly on the public consultation aspects, which we consider are vitally important.”

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