A planning application has been submitted to Broadland District Council by Anglian Water proposing to develop a new £2.4 million water treatment works in Tuttington Road.
The site for the proposed development is located near to the junction of Tuttington Road (the extension of Aylsham Road out of the village) with the A140. This is currently the location of an Anglian Water extraction facility (called the Coldham Hall Boreholes) the entrance to which is on the sharp corner near the bumpy road section on the south side of the Tuttington Road.
Its purpose, the developers say, is to build resilience in the water network in our area and provide an additional source of water to 26,000 customers. According to Anglian Water, the work is planned to start in the first quarter of 2019 and will take approximately 10 months to complete.
The application proposes development of a new pumping station which will include several buildings involved in the extraction, treatment and distribution of extracted water. The proposed buildings, it has been stated, will be largely of a prefabricated nature and relatively low impact to the visual surroundings where hedge and tree planting should help reduce visibility.
The water extracted will feed into the local system supplying the broader North Walsham area and not specifically Aylsham.
The most significant impact for the residents of Tuttington is likely to be traffic during the period of construction, especially between the construction site and the Tuttington Road junction with the A140. The traffic will include HGVs but these should not be able to access the site from the Tuttington direction. The entrance and visibility splay at the site entrance should also be modified to enable safe access of construction vehicles.
If you would like to see more details of the planning application, follow this link.