Plans for a £9M sewer pipe project to improve water quality in a Cheshire lake are have cleared to proceed without an environmental assessment, United Utilities has said.
In October last year a sewer pipe route was revised to avoid environmentally sensitive areas in Rostherne Mere, a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
The company has since received confirmation that an environmental impact assessment is not needed for the new route, which will also allow more pipe to be laid in public rather than private land.
“The last thing we want is to disrupt the community and it’s for this reason we started speaking with stakeholders back in January 2014 about this project,” said United Utilities project manager Jonathan Clarke.
“Since then we have been taking on board comments raised, which has seen us revise the design and layout of this project on a number of occasions.”
The project – agreed with the Environment Agency – will stop storm overflows from a wastewater pumping station entering Rostherne Mere. This will help improve the water quality in the lake, benefitting wildlife.