Planning permission granted

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We have now received permission from London Borough of Enfield to start building the Deephams Sewage Works Upgrade.

Following the second phase of public consultation in spring 2014, we used the feedback to revise our plans and sent our planning application to the London Borough of Enfield in June 2014.

Since then, various organisations like the London Borough of Enfield, the Environment Agency and the Greater London Authority have considered our proposals in detail and we’ve now had confirmation that our application was successful.

We are now looking forward to providing Edmonton with a modern, efficient sewage works and significantly reducing odour for our neighbours.

We’ve been granted planning permission on the understanding that we complete a few jobs before we start. We hope to start the main upgrade work on 30 March 2015, and should have all work completed by the end of August 2018.

The upgrade will reduce odour in the area most affected by the smell by 99 per cent, improve the quality of the River Lee and Salmons Brook and create jobs for local people.

The majority of the new posts will be in construction with administration roles on offer as the project progresses. There will also be opportunities through apprenticeships and an offender rehabilitation employment scheme.

At least 20 per cent of the jobs are guaranteed to go to people living in Enfield Borough and the neighbouring boroughs of Haringey, Waltham Forest, Epping Forest and Broxbourne. A shuttle bus will operate between the site and Tottenham Hale station to provide easy access for new recruits.

The upgrade is designed to improve efficiency at the works which currently treats waste from around a million homes and businesses, increase capacity to accommodate a growing population and reduce odour from the smelliest parts of the works.

Thames Water Head of Wastewater Operations Nigel Watts said:

“We’re grateful to everyone who submitted their feedback on our plans during the two consultation periods last year and are delighted so many people have been supportive of what we’re proposing.

“Getting the go-ahead to make such significant improvements at Deephams is a real boost, and something which will benefit the surrounding area by reducing odour, making it fit for the future and creating jobs, many for local people. Preparation work is already underway and we can’t wait to get started.”

One of the biggest challenges of the project will be upgrading the 35 hectare site while keeping it fully operational.

Watts added:

“It’s vital our customers continue to have their waste removed and treated as normal during the work, so that was a major consideration when drawing up the plans. We’re also mindful of keeping disruption from noise and lorry movements to a minimum so will have strict rules on when vehicles can enter and leave. We’re determined to be as a good a neighbour as we can be.”

We will also be looking to engage with local schools by giving talks about our work, promoting careers in engineering and offering work experience placements.

We’ll be keeping our neighbours and local residents informed about our work and will continue to put all the latest information on this website.