Thames 'stink-pipe' project could be blocked by planned new homes development
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Development, Environment, Local Government
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Thames Water's plans to build a giant sewer pipe could be in tatters after a local authority gave permission for the construction of hundreds of new houses.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council's planning committee blessed plans for the building of 475 homes along the south Fulham riverside at Carnwath Road on 8 January.
Thames Water had planned to build a sewer construction compound the size of six football pitches on the site. The company originally chose an uninhabited plot in Barn Elms but changed its mind and has now earmarked the Carnwath Road site for its 22-mile long sewage tunnel.
Now the secretary of state for local government, Eric Pickles, will have to decide which of the projects gets the go-ahead.
According to the council, the proposed house-building project received broad community support.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has also expressed a desire to take up to 5,300sq ft within the new community to replace their current base at Chiswick.
Cllr Nicholas Botterill, H&F Cou ncil Leader, said: "Now that these excellent plans to create a vibrant new riverside community, including much needed new homes, have got the green light from the council it is Thames Water’s duty to back off. Thames Water needs to find an alternative site for their unnecessary stink-pipe or, better still, ditch their costly white elephant all together. Experts have repeatedly highlighted the cheaper, less disruptive and greener ways to clean up the river and Thames Water should now admit that their concrete tunnel plan is a dead duck."
Thames Water is expected to lodge its application for the pipe under the Thames in the next few weeks.
Cllr Botterill added: "The local community helped to shape this exciting plan to develop a new residential, mixed-use community on Carnwath Road and the last thing any of us want is for all our hard work - including that with the Prince’s Foundation - to be flushed down Thames Water’s unnecessary stink-pipe.
"We are imploring the secretary of state to approve this positive riverside regeneration, which would be the new home of the RNLI in west London as well as providing a new arts hub and hundreds of new homes, rather than the nightmare that is Thames Water’s sewage pipe construction compound."