Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 3 - Housing strategy MM/032 MM/032 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 87
Respondent Tamzyn Janes - Southern Water [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 21 Jan 2020
Comment

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 https://www.southernwater.co.uk/developingbuilding/
connection-charging-arrangements. 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) (2019).

Having regard to the issues set out above, Southern Water propose the following
amendment (additional text underlined) to Policy SP12

3) Provide a connection to the sewerage system ensuring occupation is phased to align
with the delivery of infrastructure at the nearest point of adequate capacity, in collaboration
with the service provider.

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