Sunday, 07 February 2016

Pumping station in Lakeland

A NEW pumping station will help improve a lake’s water quality.

The Lake District National Park Authority has given planning permission for a new pumping station near Hawkshead to help purify the water content of Esthwaite Water.

Esthwaite Water is a Grade I Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Ramsar site (Wetland site internationally important for wildlife).

United Utilities applied to build a new pumping station opposite Esthwaite Lodge Youth Hostel.

Mairi Lock, the planning officer who dealt with it under delegated powers, said the new pumping station was proposed “as a result of requirements to reduce the phosophorous content of Esthwaite Water based on the Habitats Directive.”

The scheme included provision of additional “storm surge” storage and new pumping station and transfer main to pass flows to the waste water treatment works at Hawkshead.

Hawkshead Parish Council said the new pumping station was “a necessary intrusive development” but the proposed landscaping “would eventually screen the area”.

The council recommended its approval.

Ms Lock considered that, while the building and compound would have some visual intrusion and impact on the landscape, “it would not result in such harm as to warrant a refusal considering all other material considerations”.

She said the new pumping station would be further away from residential properties than the existing one and would not result in noise nuisance.


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