Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 3 - Housing strategy MM/036 MM/036 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 89
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 the provision for any
necessary improvements or additional infrastructure ahead of occupation (as may be
advised or reasonably required by service providers);