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Go-ahead for West Cumbria pipeline

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United Utilities has received planning permission for a £300M water pipeline project in West Cumbria.

The four-year construction project will create up to 400 jobs. Construction is expected to start in March next year.

The scheme was approved by Allerdale Council yesterday (November 15), and has already received the necessary permissions from Copeland Council and the Lake District National Park Authority.

The 100km pipeline is designed to ease pressure on environmentally sensitive local water sources. Water will be pumped from the Thirlmere reservoir. The project also includes a new water treatment works, two service reservoirs and a pumping station.

“This scheme will ensure West Cumbria has a secure water supply for the long term, and we are delighted that it has been given the green light,” said United Utilities’ project director for the pipeline scheme John Hilton.

“The area currently relies on water sources on its doorstep, including Ennerdale Water - a natural lake of significant environmental importance.

“The new scheme will ease the pressure on these sensitive local water sources and provide a more secure supply for homes and businesses for the decades to come.

“This is the culmination of several years of detailed planning and consultation. We’ve worked closely with local communities, businesses and stakeholders to develop a scheme which delivers major long-term benefits for west Cumbria, while seeking to minimise traffic inconvenience and safeguarding the environment during construction.”

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