The Planning Inspectorate yesterday confirmed that it had accepted Thames Water’s Thames Tideway Tunnel consultation. It will now be opened up for public scrutiny.
The Inspectorate has invited the public to register to submit its views. Once registration is complete the Inspectorate will appoint a five-inspector Examining Authority to hold a preliminary meeting with the public.
“It’s a necessarily lengthy document, covering 24 proposed construction sites in detail, as well as project-wide issues,” said Thames Water’s head of Thames Tideway Tunnel Phil Stride. “We have made particular efforts to make the documentation easy for members of the public to navigate, with clear sign posting of issues relating to individual sites. Local residents should not need to read all of the submission, just the sections relevant to the community.”
If consent is granted, preparatory work is due to start in 2015 followed by tunnelling in 2016. The project is due to be completed by 2023.