Adoped Kensington Academy and Leisure Centre (KALC) SPD

Comment Information

Comment Information
Document Section Kensington Academy and Leisure Centre (KALC) SPD Consultation Information [List all comments on this document part]
Comment ID KALC99
Respondent Thames Water Property Services… [List all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 01 Mar 2011
Comment
Thames Water need to plan in advance for infrastructure as we have been advised that we are unable to seek upgrades via a Section 106 planning legal agreement.   As a consequence Thames Water has very limited powers under the water industry act to prevent connection to our network where insufficient capacity exists and where needed, we would rely on the Local Authority to include a Grampian style condition.   It is essential that developers demonstrate that adequate capacity exists both on and off the site to serve the development and that it would not lead to problems for existing users. In some circumstances this may make it necessary for developers to carry out appropriate studies to ascertain whether the proposed development will lead to overloading of existing water & sewerage infrastructure. Where there is a capacity problem and no improvements are programmed by Thames Water (or any successor), the Local Authority will require the developer to fund appropriate improvements that must be completed prior to occupation of the development. Depending on the type and scale of development proposed, there may be capacity issues in relation to the existing water supply network. It may therefore be necessary for Thames Water to undertake investigations to determine the impact of any development proposed. As such the following paragraph should be added to the relevant section of the Brief:   "Developers will be required to demonstrate that there is adequate water supply and wastewater capacity both on and off the site to serve the development and that it would not lead to problems for existing or new users. In some circumstances it may be necessary for developers to fund studies to ascertain whether the proposed development will lead to overloading of existing water and wastewater infrastructure."
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Officers response Noted. This matter will be addressed at pre-application and during the formal planning application process