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Offline Richard Symonds

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So Will New Homes Have Enough Water?
« on: September 15, 2013, 01:37:49 PM »
In the Advertiser yesterday

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10675322.So_will_new_homes_have_enough_water_/

So will new homes have enough water?

9:50am Saturday 14th September 2013 in News

THAMES Water has changed its mind again over the proposed development at Ridgeway Farm, prompting concern from residents.

The plans for Taylor Wimpey to construct 700 new homes in the area have provoked opposition from councillors and residents after the application was accepted on appeal at Wiltshire Council.

The county council received more than 200 objections but has not agreed to call in the plans for public consultation.

Traffic flow and parking are a particular cause for concern for residents.

Taylor Wimpey has reduced the number of parking spaces for the first phase of development by 16, a drop of 21 per cent, but plan to install eight additional garages.

On July 11, the development planning department at Thames Water wrote to Wiltshire Council detailing objections to the scheme saying there was not sufficient waste water infrastructure or fresh water supply to serve the development.

The letter states unless new drainage works and an impact study of the water supply was carried out, it could lead to sewage flooding and insufficient water supply to homes.

But on July 22 Thames Water withdrew its objection to the water supply network, stating the current capacity could cope with the development.

On September 6 the company reinstated its objections to both the waste and water supply infrastructures.

Kevin Fisher, the chairman of the Shaw Residents’ Association, said: “Thames Water seem to be in a bit of a muddle over capacity issues for Ridgeway Farm.

“First they state the system cannot cope with both supply and waste, then they say they messed up with their modelling and supply is okay but one department states waste is still a problem and another agrees supply is okay but is unclear on waste.

“Now they re-issue their statement saying both supply and waste are a problem. Is this simply incompetence at Thames Water or is there really a problem that needs to be fixed before construction starts at Ridgeway Farm?

“What seems clear is that this development is likely to bring far more than just traffic problems to residents of Swindon.”

A spokesman from Thames Water said: “We work closely with local authorities and developers to make sure there is capacity in our water and sewer network for new developments.

“Our assessments are subject to change over time as new information becomes available.”

l Planned price hikes by Thames Water could be reversed after the industry regulator attacked the company's performance and its demand for extra money.

Thames Water wants permission for a one-off bill increase of up to eight per cent in 2014/15 – equivalent to £29 for Swindon customers – because more customers are struggling to pay their bills and it is having to fund a super sewer under London.

But Ofwat today turned the tables on the company, saying it is exploring whether it has benefited from ultra-low cost of borrowing for big corporations, and if it can claw back money for its 14 million customers.

A Thames Water spokesman said: “We expected the regulator to set out the format for assessing our application.

“This is part of the regulatory process.

“We don’t plan to comment until after Ofwat’s decision in mid-October.”


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10:24am Sat 14 Sep 13
house on the hill says...

Just who is buying houses they know will have all these problems?
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11:20am Sat 14 Sep 13
beach1e says...

its a shambles already, and will only get worse, makes you wonder whether the councils have the right people employed to make decisions on planning new housing. makes you wonder how above board the decision making process is and whether backhanders are coming into play..and also whether some companies make "promises" which they then retract in the hope of holding councils to ransom in return for concessions...all sounds very seedy.
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12:15pm Sat 14 Sep 13
PaulD says...

beach1e wrote:
its a shambles already, and will only get worse, makes you wonder whether the councils have the right people employed to make decisions on planning new housing. makes you wonder how above board the decision making process is and whether backhanders are coming into play..and also whether some companies make "promises" which they then retract in the hope of holding councils to ransom in return for concessions...all sounds very seedy.
Wiltshire council rejected the plans. Eric Pickles overturned the decision
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4:53pm Sat 14 Sep 13
house on the hill says...

But sales are about supply and demand, who the heck is stupid enough to buy a house with all these problems? why do the council need to change if they still sell? clearly there isnt a problem with the planners or builders just the buyers!
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11:51pm Sat 14 Sep 13
Eastern Badger says...

Would this be the same Thames Water who said its no problem to supply the 8,000 homes proposed to the East of Swindon? They'll get permission then Thames Water will change their minds. We were recently told they'd have no trouble with water supply (except in peak hours) so don't flush during your favourite soap?
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According to Kevin Fisher in an email to the Shaw Residents Association membership

'They have one piece of data wrong: “Taylor Wimpey has reduced the number of parking spaces for the first phase of development by 16, a drop of 21 per cent, but plan to install eight additional garages”.
 
the 21% is the shortage of spaces compared with Wiltshire Guidelines – oh well. The Thames Water comment is interesting – it basically states that they really have changed their minds again – so there is a problem!'

Interesting how the Adver manage to make those mistakes.

There is still time to object to this first phase planning application and I urge readers to wade in and do so. 

Subject: Planning Application: 13/01615/REM - RIDGEWAY FARM, COMMON PLATT, LYDIARD MILLICENT, PURTON, SN5 4JT
 
RE: APPLICATION NO: 13/01615/REM (PLEASE QUOTE THIS NUMBER)
 
PLEASE NOTE AMENDED PLANS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FOR THE ABOVE APPLICATION
 
The plans and application are available for inspection on the Council’s web site www.wiltshire.gov.uk and at the Council Offices, Monkton Park, Chippenham during normal working hours. Please quote reference 13/01615/REM
 
If you wish to comment on the application, please send your views in writing to me by 20 September, 2013. You can comment via the online facility on our website send an email directly or write to me at the above address. Comments should not be of a discriminatory, defamatory or libellous nature.


And one final point on which OUR COUNCIL fails to act and that is the unadulterated STINK that comes from Barnfield.  Had it manifested itself when the decision makers from Lidl and B & Q were evaluating their sites I am convinced they would have gone elsewhere.  The STINK must make working at those locations particularly unpleasant and I know that having exited a food store it is the last thing with which I want to be confronted. 

If Thames Water want an additional £29 for the next bill we should demand that they do something about this totally unacceptable situation in the 21st century.  I hope Councillors will take note rather than just accept it as they do presently!!.


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Re: So Will New Homes Have Enough Water?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2013, 02:56:46 PM »
I think I've sorted out the waste problem.

Don't supply.

Works for SBC.
Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don’t know what your rights are, or who the person is you’re talking to. Then, on the way out, slam the door.

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Re: So Will New Homes Have Enough Water?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2014, 07:28:08 AM »
How can you do it? Anything else you can do?  Can I do it same you?