by Harbour Villages on 18 August, 2021
Liberal Democrats call on Southern Water and the Environment Agency to take urgent action to stop speculative planning applications.
Southern Water and the Environment Agency have the powers to provide the required Position Statements and objections to planning applications which will enable Chichester District Council to refuse speculative planning applications and regain control of the Planning process.
Chichester Liberal Democrats have written to both Southern Water and The Environment Agency asking them to finalise the production of Position Statements for Waste water Treatment Works (WwTW) and a Statement of Common Ground jointly with the District Council.
With robust Position Statements in place for all WwTWs, with insufficient headroom capacity at 2025 (based on predicted developments), it will be possible for Chichester District Council to refuse speculative planning applications that risk the environment and harbour.
A robust Statement of Common Ground agreed between Southern Water, the Environment Agency and the District Council must provide a clear understanding of the environmental challenges and the funding limitations that will prove insurmountable in the delivery of the required developments.
Adrian Moss, Leader of the Lib Dems on Chichester District Council, said “It is clearly in the powers of Southern Water and the Environment Agency to provide Position Statements for the affected WwTW similar to the one already in place for Apuldram (Chichester) WwTW. These organisations need to stop prevaricating and take urgent, decisive action to protect our environment and communities.
Adrian added “put frankly the Environment Agency and Southern Water have to be open, honest and transparent and admit the truth and back local residents. This area is just too important to be allowed to be destroyed by lack of action by the Government Agencies”Leave a comment