First look at £125m reservoir which will supply Burnham's
planning application for a major new reservoir that will supply
water to the Burnham-On-Sea area has been submitted to Sedgemoor
District Council this week.
Waters £125 million project, if approved by both planning
and regulatory authorities, will see a 9,400 million litre reservoir
built close to the existing Cheddar Reservoir.
decision on the planning application is expected in Spring next
year and the reservoir could then be fully operational by 2025,
filled by surplus winter water flows in Cheddar Gorge.
Water has made a CGI mock-up film available, shown above, of what
the proposed 'Reservoir Two' could look like once completed.
company says that extensive analysis and planning has demonstrated
that the new reservoir is needed to meet growing demand for water.
public consultations into the plans have taken place this year
and project spokesman Jeremy Williams said the majority of respondents
were "more than satisfied" with the plans.
believe that, apart from providing vitally needed water supplies,
it will also offer major recreational and conservation benefits,"
local farmer Sarah Parsons says the reservoir would be detrimental
to wildlife and plants.
family farm is on the proposed site of the reservoir, which she
claims is prime agricultural land. "It's going to have a
disastrous effect on the flora and fauna of the area," she