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Second Cheddar reservoir given the go-ahead

Words: Sam Waddicor

Plans to build a 9,000 million litre reservoir in Cheddar, right next to an existing 6,000 million litre basin, have been approved by councillors.

Bristol Water plans to spend £125m on the project that it says will meet the future water needs of the area.

Sedgemoor District Council voted almost unanimously last Tuesday (June 10) to approve the 9,400 megalitre construction, subject to Section 106 agreement and planning conditions. Construction on the site is still a long way off however as regulatory approval by Ofwat is still required

The plans also include a community orchard; duck decoy pond and a series of cycle paths and walkways in the surrounding area in order to mitigate the environmental impact of the reservoir.

Bristol Water say they decided on the site close to the current facility from a list of 53 possible sites and following detailed analysis and stakeholder consultation.

A spokesman for Bristol Water said: "The company believes that the reservoir, if built, will provide a much needed new source of water in Somerset - as well as being of enormous long term recreational and conservation benefit."