Reservoir plans up for discussion

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 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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PLANS for a proposed £125million reservoir in a Somerset village will be debated on Tuesday.

Bristol Water wants to build a second reservoir at Cheddar as there is a growing strain on current water supplies due to a surge in house building and influx of people.

The application has been recommended for approval by Sedgemoor District Council planning officers.

Cheddar Parish Council recommended refusal due to concerns over traffic levels.

Sedgemoor officers say in a report that a traffic management plan will reduce the impact of construction traffic during the building period.

The report says: “Together with new and enhanced community and amenity space it is considered that the proposed reservoir and soft landscaping will, as it matures, positively contribute to the green infrastructure in the area.

“It is considered that the local highway issues can be satisfactorily controlled and managed through this process.”

Bristol Water has proposed creating a community fund to support the provision and enhancement of facilities which might be affected by the reservoir.

Sedgemoor District councillors will discuss the application at the development and control committee on Tuesday.

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