Slyfield’s Regeneration Progresses
12th March 2019
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Plans to relocate the sewage treatment works at Slyfield Industrial Estate, another step to significantly regenerating the area, were progressed by the Executive last week (7 March).
The decision follows works starting to build a new internal road to enable the relocation and ease traffic congestion in and around the estate. Balfour Beatty have been appointed as the construction team and expect to complete the road by early 2020.
Moving the sewage treatment works owned and operated by Thames Water and the Council’s own depot and waste facilities, will make way for 1,500 new homes, two new industrial units and associated infrastructure by utilising brownfield land. A new replacement sewage works will be built on former landfill away from residential areas, opening up the riverside to the wider community.
The Executive approved recommendations to complete the development agreement with Thames Water in order to proceed with relocating the sewage works. It has set aside £10 million to fund 50 per cent of Thames Water’s costs as well as any future spend covering Thames Water’s legal and professional fees and design costs leading to the submission of the planning application for the sewage works.
Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Paul Spooner says: ‘Moving the sewage works is the key to unlocking the potential of this brownfield land for new housing as laid out in our Local Plan. This sizeable regeneration project will also serve as a catalyst for reinvestment in the estate creating more job opportunities by attracting new businesses to the area. Finally getting to this point after a number of challenging years is testament to the commitment of the Council to its key priorities of Place Making and Community. I’m delighted we are moving forward on delivering the first phase of this important project.’
Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, Cllr Matt Furniss says: ‘Rebuilding the existing sewage works in a more suitable location will better serve our residents and businesses. Longer term, opening up this area will allow for much needed housing and other infrastructure and will help future-proof our borough.’