|Super Sewer Plans Available to Public from April 17|
View hard copy of 50,000 page document in Putney or Wandsworth
Full details of Thames Water's plans for the Tideway Tunnel, or super sewer, will be available to the public at six locations across London, including London Rowing Club in Putney & Wandsworth Town Hall from April 17.
The full 50,000 page document is being made available following the Planning Inspectorate's confirmation that the application for Development Consent for the super sewer, submitted by Thames Water on February 28, is valid.
This means that the Inspectorate has accepted that Thames Water’s consultation for the project, which started in September 2010, was adequate.
Hard copies of the full documentation will be available for a 42 day period on Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) from 9am till 5pm at all six locations:
A DVD of the documentation will also be available free of charge, and it can be scrutinised online via the Planning Inspectorate's website.
Anyone with views about the Thames Tideway Tunnel will be able register with the Planning Inspectorate to take part in the examination of the application. The period of registration will be announced on the Thames Tideway Tunnel website, through adverts in newspapers and in notices at the 24 proposed construction sites.
Once registration closes, the next stage is the Preliminary Meeting. This is expected to be held by the Examining Authority, a panel of up to five inspectors appointed by the Planning Inspectorate, in September 2013.
The Planning Inspectorate's examination of the proposals is expected to take about six months from the date of the Preliminary Meeting. Once that is concluded, a recommendation on whether or not to grant approval will be submitted approximately three months later to DCLG and DEFRA Secretaries of State.
The final decision is expected in late summer/early autumn 2014. If consent is granted, preparatory construction work on the project is scheduled to start in 2015, with main tunnelling due to begin in 2016. The target completion date is 2023.
Phil Stride, Head of Thames Tideway Tunnel at Thames Water, said:
" It’s a necessarily lengthy document, covering 24 proposed construction sites in detail, as well as project-wide issues. We have made particular efforts to make the documentation easy formembers of the public to navigate, with clear sign posting of issues relating to individual sites. Local residents should not need to read all of the submission, just the sections relevant to their community."
April 10, 2013