for new £125m reservoir serving Burnham to be debated today
for a planned £125million new reservoir near Burnham-on-Sea
will be debated today (Tuesday, June 10th).
Water wants to build a second reservoir at Cheddar serving the
Burnham area as there is a growing strain on current water supplies
due to an increase in house building and growing population.
project, if approved by both planning and regulatory authorities,
will see a 9,400 million litre reservoir built close to the existing
Cheddar Reservoir. The reservoir could be fully operational by
2025, filled by surplus winter water flows in Cheddar Gorge.
application has been recommended for approval by Sedgemoor District
Council's 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.
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."
is considered that the local highway issues can be satisfactorily
controlled and managed through this process."
Water has proposed creating a community fund to support the provision
and enhancement of facilities which might be affected by the reservoir.