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Fury as 'super sewer' threatens London borough's housing plans

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Fury as 'super sewer' threatens London borough's housing plans Fury as 'super sewer' threatens London borough's housing plans

Hammersmith & Fulham Council says it is "furious" that land earmarked for new homes in the borough is being threatened by a "super sewer construction site".

The council says it has received a letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) which said it cannot grant planning permission on the south Fulham riverside without specific authorisation from the department.

The letter, it says, threatens to pave the way for Carnwath Road, in Fulham, to be used as the main Thames Tunnel ‘super sewer’ construction site.

Thames Water says plans to build a “super-sewer” in London is essential to replace the current Victorian system which is incapable of coping with modern needs and large quantities of sewage leaks into the river triggered by rainfall.

However, the council argues that an area the size of six football pitches – that was originally earmarked for a new residential mixed-use area – could now be swallowed up for heavy digging work 24 hours a day, seven days a week for at least six years.

“This is a bolt out of the blue that fundamentally goes against the Government’s localism agenda,” says Cllr Nick Botterill H&F Council Deputy Leader. “This is centralist and heavy handed especially when ministers have always said that they would not get involved in site selection issues. Only last week, the Mayor of London confirmed to us that, while he still remains a supporter of the controversial concrete pipe, he is neutral over which sites are used along the river.”

Last month the council reiterated its opposition to the main super sewer drive shaft being "dumped" on the tight-knit residential south Fulham community.

It warns the "devastating" sewer proposals would see south Fulham homes blighted, roads congested and school children and vulnerable residents all at risk from noxious fumes.

Cllr Botterill added: “The council, local residents and the landowners have all come together and worked with the Prince of Wales’s Foundation to formulate a master plan for the area and a truly localist approach has been at the heart of our process. We will be exploring our options but the Secretary of State does appear to have over stepped his remit as in predetermining the matter of site selection ahead of the formal consultation process which has not concluded.

“We will strongly oppose the destruction of our neighbourhoods and the derailment of vitally needed regeneration proposals to make way for the monstrous white elephant that is Thames Water’s super sewer.”

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