PLANS to push ahead with the construction of a 10.8km pipeline and breakwater tank in the village of Romsley were finally approved by councillors at Monday’s Bromsgrove District Council Planning Meeting.
The plans aim to provide an alternative supply of water for Birmingham and the proposal forms part of the Birmingham Resilience Project.
It entails construction of the underground water pipe line and the break pressure tank – an extension to Frankley Water Treatment Works.
An application by Severn Trent Water was deferred by councillors at a planning meeting on Monday (July 4) on the grounds of construction management issues.
Senior planner at Severn Trent Gareth Smith said ‘positive discussions’ had taken place with Romsley Parish Council, Romsley Community Liaison Group and council officers as a result of the deferment, hence improvements were made to the construction traffic management plan.
Speaking about the improvements at Monday’s meeting, Mr Smith said construction vehicles would not pass through Romsley village and would instead approach the site via junction four of the M5, the A491 and the B4551.
He said the field between the B4551 on Putney Lane would be used as a ‘vehicle arrival area’ and that HGV vehicles would only be in motion after 9am.
“All our drivers will receive training in the management of the plan and any drivers breaking the terms will face disciplinary action.”
He said the plans also included health and safety commitments, emergency planning and incident management.
However Romsley Parish Council chairman Richard Arrowsmith said there were still concerns about the dangers of speeding along the B4451 because of its ‘historic accident record’, specifically near the construction site. He recommended the implementation of a speed limit. The project is to be completed in a three year time frame.