Ottery Mill plan hampered by sewage

PUBLISHED: 07:30 28 April 2011 | UPDATED: 11:43 28 April 2011

Ottery's disused factory and mill, where a new development could be built

Ottery's disused factory and mill, where a new development could be built

Archant

The owner of the Town Mill says he is ready to submit an application for a new development but is being held up by sewage issues.

Paul Conway, Managing Director of the Churchill Property Group South West Ltd, wants to put a planning application in this year but South West Water have told him they plan to try and block any proposal.

They say the Ottery sewage treatment plant is at capacity and therefore would object to any new development which would create additional demand for sewage treatment.

Mr Conway said: “Whilst this is a constraint on development in the town, I believe the issue could be resolved whereby I could provide a high quality private treatment plant to create additional capacity, and South West Water could adopt the new plant on a temporary basis, until such time as the capacity is upgraded for the town sewage works.”

He says he is still waiting for their response but believes this is the only issue which is holding up plans to regenerate the Town Mill and Factory site, and related car parks.

Paul Conway: “If South West Water will agree to adopt a private treatment plant, then I believe a planning application could be submitted later this year to regenerate the Town Mill, and to regenerate the factory site and significantly enhance the gateway entrance to the town.

“I am hopeful South West Water will agree to adopt a new treatment plant, as it would seem the socially responsible thing for South West Water to do.”

A previous plan with co-owners of the entire site Tesco, which included plans for nearly 100 homes along with a supermarket, were hampered by public objections, including a survey in The Herald which suggested 97 per cent of residents in Ottery St Mary did not approve of the plans.

Mr Conway had said earlier this year any new scheme would be based on different concepts than previous attempts at development.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Sidmouth Herald. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Sidmouth Herald