Green light for water pipeline across North Dorset
A WATER pipeline which aims to ensure supply across North Dorset for the next 25 years has been granted planning permission.
The application by Wessex Water is for 64 kilometres of land across 17 parishes between Tarrant Keyneston and Motcombe, the majority of which lie in the Cranborne and West Wiltshire area of outstanding natural beauty.
But members of North Dorset District Council development management committee were assured that any temporary harm would be sufficiently moderated and the landscape would be completely restored.
Mr Drummond Modley of Wessex Water said the pipeline would improve supply, even in the event of catastrophic failure, by transferring water from the water-rich south of the county to the deficit area around Salisbury, and the route had been selected to give the greatest benefit at least cost and address the ecological, landscape, heritage and environmental aspects of the scheme.
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"It will be done in an environmentally considerate way," he said.
The project will involve the closure for up to three weeks of Spread Eagle Hill on the C13 and diversion of traffic onto the A350 between Blandford and Shaftesbury, and will also mean the construction of a second storage tank at Snowsdown near the entrance to Blandford Camp and a pumping station at Pimperne, for which a detailed application has yet to be submitted.
Mr Modley said Wessex Water, which organised a series of consultation meetings prior to submission of the application, would also be organising public exhibitions prior to excavation.