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Hampshire reservoir is approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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East Hampshire District Council has granted planning permission for Havant Thicket Reservoir near Havant to secure water supplies for the future and protect chalk streams.

East Hampshire approved the scheme on 9 June, while Havant Borough Council, whose area the scheme also falls into, approved it on 3 June, in line with an officers’ recommendation.

The approval is subject to legal agreements with both councils. Portsmouth Water also sought permission for the pipeline that is needed to fill it from Bedhampton Springs and take water to customers.

Bob Taylor, chief executive officer at Portsmouth Water, said: “As well as securing much-needed future water supplies, Havant Thicket Reservoir will help safeguard the River Itchen and River Test – two of Hampshire’s rare and world-famous chalk streams, by enabling less water to be taken from them. It will also create a new green leisure hub for people and wildlife.

“As the nature of the existing site will change, we’ve worked with environmental regulators to create an extensive programme to support the environment on and around the site. This includes the creation and improvement of around 200 hectares of woodland and pasture to support wildlife, and the creation of a 10-hectare wetland on the reservoir’s northern shore, which will be a major boost for threatened bird species.”

Environmental campaigners criticised the plans. The BBC reported in May that the Woodland Trust was concerned about a loss amounting to 14 hectares of ancient woodland.

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