Members of the public will shortly be able to register with the Planning Inspectorate to be involved in the independent examination of plans for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, it was confirmed today.
Thames Water’s 50,000-page development consent application for the ‘Supersewer’, proposed to help tackle the tens of millions of tonnes of untreated sewage flowing into the tidal River Thames every year, was accepted for examination by the Inspectorate on 27 March 2013.
From 17 April – 28 May 2013, anyone with views about the Thames Tideway Tunnel has a period of 42 consecutive days to register with the Inspectorate as an ‘interested party’. Registering as an interested party ensures involvement in the examination of the application. These parties will be able to present their views to the Examining Authority, a panel of up to five Inspectors appointed by the Inspectorate, and attend meetings or hearings. This includes the Preliminary Meeting, expected to be held this September, which is an opportunity to influence how the application should be examined.
Phil Stride, Head of Thames Tideway Tunnel at Thames Water, said: “It is very important that anyone with views about our application registers with the Planning Inspectorate. This is the only way they can be involved in the independent examination of our plans.
“After several years of gathering information, design and consultation, we are one step closer to creating a cleaner, healthier River Thames for current and future generations to enjoy. We hope interest in the application isn’t dampened by the size of this necessarily lengthy document; most people only need to read the sections relevant to their community.”
Representations on the application must be made to the Inspectorate using the Registration and Relevant Representation Form (available at: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/london/thames-tideway-tunnel or obtained from the Inspectorate by telephoning 0303 444 5000).
During the same 42-day period (17 April – 28 May 2013), a hard copy of the full documentation will be available at the following locations between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). View a map of the deposit locations.
- London Rowing Club, Embankment, Putney, SW15 1LB
- Linden House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TA
- Wandsworth Town Hall (Civic Suite), Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU
- Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, SW1P 3AA
- Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, SE1 9DD
- Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre, 3-4 Shadwell Pierhead, Glamis Road, E1W 3TD.
The full hard copy documentation will continue to be available at Linden House, The Institution of Civil Engineers and Glaziers Hall, until the Planning Inspectorate has concluded its examination of the proposals. This is expected to take about six months from the date of the Preliminary Meeting.
The full documentation is also available for scrutiny via the Inspectorate’s website.
Thames Water is now writing to owners of land and prescribed consultees, posting formal legal notices at each of the proposed construction sites and placing adverts in local and national newspapers. These will explain how members of the public can formally register with the Inspectorate to be an interested party. Only those who register are entitled to take part in the examination of this application.
Notes to editors
Thames Water submitted its development consent application to the Planning Inspectorate on 28 February 2013.
The Planning Inspectorate is the independent government agency responsible for operating the planning process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
The Planning Inspectorate has a number of advice notes that people may find useful. Advice note 8.3 provides information on how to register and become an interested party; more detailed advice about participating in the process can be found in advice notes 8.1 to 8.5.