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					south east plan EiP                                9A.1/South East Water (8182)




                                        9A.1/SOUTH EAST WATER (8182)




               DRAFT SOUTH EAST PLAN - EXAMINATION IN PUBLIC




                 WRITTEN STATEMENT SUBMITTED ON BEHALF OF


                              SOUTH EAST WATER


                                IN RESPECT OF



                 MATTER 9A: REST OF HAMPSHIRE
       SUB-MATTER 1: CAPACITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT




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                                 TABLE OF CONTENTS


Written Statement


Introduction

Matter 9A.1 - Does the draft RSS take proper account of the capacity
of towns/locations in the rest of New Forest, Test Valley, Winchester,
East Hampshire, Basingstoke & Deane, and Hart areas for sustainable
development (including Policy H1), having regard to existing and future
infrastructure provision? If not, how would any additional growth here
impact on the South Hampshire, Western Corridor Blackwater Valley
and London Fringe sub-regional strategies?


Appendices


Appendix 1: Plan of South East Water’s supply area and water supply zones




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                      DRAFT SOUTH EAST PLAN - EXAMINATION IN PUBLIC

            WRITTEN STATEMENT SUBMITTED ON BEHALF OF SOUTH EAST WATER
                IN RESPECT OF SUB-MATTER 9A.1 – REST OF HAMPSHIRE



Introduction

1.      This written statement is submitted by Adams Hendry Consulting Ltd on behalf
        of South East Water. South East Water covers an area of some 3607km 2 of
        Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire in two discrete regions
        (Appendix 1). Last year the company supplied on average 390 million litres of
        water a day to 1.4 million customers.

2.      For resource planning purposes the Company is split into five Resource Zones,
        two in the Northern Region and three in the Southern Region.

3.      The Hants and Surrey Region South Resource zone (RZ5) covers the
        Petersfield, Alton and Farnham area of Hampshire. Water supply in this area
        primarily comes from the Lower Greensand Aquifer and chalk borehole
        abstractions. There are no surface water components.

4.      In relation to water supply, South East Water has a substantial, direct and
        continuing interest in the development of strategic policy for the South East
        Region. It is committed to ensuring that necessary water supply infrastructure is
        delivered to meet the region’s current and future needs.

9A.1 Does the draft RSS take proper account of the capacity of towns/locations
in the rest of New Forest, Test Valley, Winchester, East Hampshire, Basingstoke
& Deane, and Hart areas for sustainable development (including Policy H1),
having regard to existing and future infrastructure provision? If not, how would
any additional growth here impact on the South Hampshire, Western Corridor
Blackwater Valley and London Fringe sub-regional strategies?

5.      South East Water does not have detailed comments to make on the current
        levels of housing development proposed for those parts of Hampshire outside
        of the Western Corridor & Blackwater Valley sub-region. South East Water is
        committed to delivering necessary infrastructure to facilitate the delivery of the
        eventual development strategy for the rest of Hampshire area. It does,
        however, look to the Panel to ensure that robust planning policies are in place
        to assist in the delivery of any required infrastructure.

6.      The preparation of the South East Plan (SEP) has been informed by modelling
        undertaken by the Environment Agency (EA) within the remit of the Water
        Resources South East (WRSE) Group. The Group also includes
        representatives of the water companies, Ofwat, SEERA and Natural England. A
        series of reports have been prepared, investigating the implications of different
        scales and distribution of new housing on water supply-demand balance.

7.      The most recent report was issued in May 2006 (doc Ar4). This provides a
        commentary on the housing levels and distribution proposed in Policy H1 and
        the sub-regional strategies included in the SEP.



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8.      The Report identifies that future water supply to the rest of Hampshire area can
        be provided across a range of different scenarios, provided that a combination
        of water efficiency measures and new water resource developments take place.

9.      The May 2006 Report makes a series of assumptions about existing and future
        water resource development, recognising that there are considerable
        uncertainties in the current forecasts of the demand-supply balance, including
        uncertainty arising from:
         The final requirements of the Habitats Directive (and the associated review
           of consents);
         The Environment Agency’s Restoring Sustainable Abstraction Programme;
         Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies; and
         The Water Framework Directive (River Basin Management Plans).

10.     South East Water is in the process of reviewing the Appropriate Assessment of
        the Draft South East Plan (October, 2006) prepared by SEERA and is likely to
        comment separately on the document and its conclusions. Within the Hants and
        Surrey Region South Resource Zone there are a number of European
        Designated Sites, including the Wealden Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA)
        and Woolmer Forest Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The Appropriate
        Assessment identifies potential effects on water levels should potential water
        need lead to greater water abstraction in respect of some of these European
        sites. South East Water is currently undertaking a number of studies to
        determine the relationship between water abstraction and water dependent
        nature conservation sites. To date, significant restrictions in output are not
        considered likely but South East Water is considering this risk in their future
        water planning.

11.     In conclusion in relation to water supply, notwithstanding these uncertainties,
        South East Water considers that additional water resources to meet existing
        and future demand can be planned and delivered, provided that planning policy
        support for such provision is given.

12.     South East Water has a statutory duty to supply water, and is committed to
        meeting its responsibilities. It will continue to work closely with the other water
        companies and the EA (in all its roles) to identify, plan for and deliver necessary
        water resource infrastructure. It is, however, critically important that the SEP
        and subsequent LDDs recognise that the timely allocation of land, and grant of
        planning permission and abstraction licenses, will be necessary to facilitate the
        delivery of this infrastructure.




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