Between 21 January 2019 and 19 February 2019 we consulted on design refinements along the preferred pipeline route, providing the opportunity for interested people, statutory bodies and organisations to comment.
The consultation has now closed.
Before we held the third consultation, we had been listening to feedback from our second public consultation and had been meeting with local authorities, parish councils, environmental bodies, third party infrastructure owners and landowners to understand local environmental features and engineering challenges along the route. To address feedback from the second consultation we refined the route in some places.
Some of these refinements were simple, such as moving the pipeline route from one side of a landowner’s field to the other. Others were more complex, as they had different impacts on landowners, communities or the environment.
We sought the views of landowners, communities, statutory bodies, environmental organisations and local authorities on these more complex design refinements, to make sure that, on balance, we had selected the most appropriate route for the replacement pipeline. The design refinements we were consulting on were:
- Uncle Bills Lane
- Water Lane
- Great crested newt mitigation area
- Beacon Hill Road
- Cove Road
- Farnborough Hill School
- Blackwater River Valley
- Balmoral Drive
- Windle Brook crossing
- Blind Lane
- South of Windlesham
- Hardwick Lane to Pannells Farm
- Philip Southcote School
- Chertsey Meads
- Ashford Road
- Woodthorpe Road
- Ashford Station Approach
Now we had a clearer idea of where the pipeline route might go, we also shared the details of our proposed temporary logistics hubs, which will support the installation of the pipeline. There are six proposed temporary logistics hubs along the replacement pipeline route that we will include within our application for development consent.