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Brize Norton Action Group has written to WODC Councillors on the subject

One of the conclusions of the October 2012 Sustainability Appraisal for the Carterton East Site (CE) states that “the infrastructure costs per unit do not appear to be unreasonable or unrealistic”.  This is not true.  There are likely to be exceptional costs associated with this development.

These exceptional costs are necessary to meet the Foul Drainage requirements for the CE.  The current system serving Brize Norton village and Shilton Park is demonstrably at saturation point.

A report dated January 2013, prepared by Cole Easdon Consultants on behalf of Bloor Homes (the developer of the proposed CE), states “Thames Water (TWU) had previously advised in 2011 that the development site foul discharge should be disposed to the Witney Wastewater Treatment Works. Further advice has been sought in January 2013 from TWU regarding whether sufficient capacity is currently available within the Carterton pumping station, 8km rising main to Witney and Witney Wastewater Treatment Works to discharge and treat proposed foul discharge from the 700 dwelling development. A response is awaited.”

The lack of response from TWU and the known problems associated with sewage arising from Shilton Park and the Brize Norton Sewage Pumping Station indicate that there is a very real possibility the CE will require the construction of a new 8km pumping main to Witney and the further upgrading of the Witney Waste Water Treatment Works.  Not only will this be an “exceptional cost” for the development but it will also incur considerable operational costs into the future.

The process by which this site has been selected is therefore fundamentally flawed.

So help stop this development now, and preserve the character of Brize Norton Village.

Selwyn Shorrock
On behalf of Brize Norton Action Group

A fuller critique of the plan given below

WODC Draft Local Plan – Foul Drainage Proposals for East Carterton

In the WODC Report “West Oxfordshire District Council Draft Local Plan, Assessment of Strategic Site Options” dated October 2012 one of the Sustainability Appraisal questions under the section Deliverability and Viability is:

“What are the likely on and offsite infrastructure requirements associated with development in this location? Are there likely to be any exceptional costs?”

The WODC response to this question for the East Carterton Site concludes:

“In summary, development in this location would necessitate the provision of a range of on and off-site infrastructure.  Importantly, the nature of the site means that there are no exceptional costs and the information provided by the developer suggests that even with a smaller scheme of 700 dwellings, the infrastructure costs per unit do not appear to be unreasonable or unrealistic.”

Since the end of the consultation process in December 2013 Bloor Homes, the developer of the proposed East Site, has submitted a number of reports to WODC to further promote the site in the light of the many submissions made during the late 2012 consultation process.  In particular they have submitted an updated Drainage Report prepared by Cole Easdon Consultants, dated January 2013.

In paragraph 3.17 of this report Cole Easdon states:

“TWU had previously advised in 2011 that the development site foul discharge should be disposed to the Witney Wastewater Treatment Works. Further advice has been sought in January 2013 from TWU regarding whether sufficient capacity is currently available within the Carterton pumping station, 8km rising main to Witney and Witney Wastewater Treatment Works to discharge and treat proposed foul discharge from the 700 dwelling development. A response is awaited.”

The lack of response from TWU and the known problems associated with sewage arising from Shilton Park and the Brize Norton Sewage Pumping Station indicate that there is a very real possibility the East Carterton Development will require the construction of a new 8km pumping main to Witney and the further upgrading of the Witney Waste Water Treatment Works.  Not only will this be an “exceptional cost” for the development it will also incur considerable operational costs into the future.

This means the conclusion reached in the October 2012 Sustainability Appraisal for the East Carterton Site that “the infrastructure costs per unit do not appear to be unreasonable or unrealistic” is wrong.  There are likely to be exceptional costs associated with this development and the process by which this site has been selected is therefore fundamentally flawed.

See also the web pages relating to

TRAFFIC SCHOOLING FLOOD RISK
ECONOMIC IMPACT ENCROACHMENT NOISE & POLLUTION
LOCATION ACT NOW DEVELOPER'S PLAN
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Photos of the treatment plant at the bottom of the village taken on 9 December with tankers being filled

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


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Phil Holmes  Updated on Tuesday 10 April 2011