Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Comment ID 88
Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 3 - Housing strategy MM/035 MM/035 [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Tamzyn Janes - Southern Water [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 21 Jan 2020

From 1 April 2018, a new set of rules covering the charging for new
connections and requisitions for companies wholly or mainly in England come into
force. These new rules include requirements for water and sewerage companies to
provide upfront charges for most connections services and make the charges for offsite
reinforcement works more transparent and cost reflective, rather than requiring the
developer to connect to the point of nearest adequate capacity. Network reinforcement,
required as a result of new development, is funded through the new infrastructure
charge, details can be found on our website
NB charges are reviewed annually.

Southern Water has limited powers to prevent connections to the sewerage network,
even when capacity is limited. Planning policies and conditions, therefore, play an
important role in ensuring that development is coordinated with the provision of
necessary infrastructure, and does not contribute to pollution of the environment, in line
with paragraph 170(e) of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

Having regard to the issues set out above, Southern Water propose the following
amendment (additional text underlined) to

3) The capacity of any utility services and infrastructure and any need (and provision
of) improved or additional infrastructure ahead of occupation (as may be advised or
reasonably required by service providers);

Officer's Response Not yet available.
Proposed Change