Spelthorne Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation: Policies and Site Allocations

Comment ID pol/308
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Environment Policy E3: Environmental Protection View all on this section
Respondent Rachel Rae View all by this respondent
Response Date 21 Jan 2020
Comment

We generally support the principles of this policy in relation to water quality and also contaminated land remediation. To improve this policy in relation to the benefits sustainable drainage schemes can have on water quality discharges to the environment, we would like to see the following wording included “Where practical, SuDS should be incorporated to minimise the discharge water to the sewer system” à “Where practical, SuDS should be incorporated to minimise the discharge water to the sewer system and to improve the water quality of discharges to watercourses”. This can make a positive contribution to achieving objectives under the Water Framework Directive.

The land contamination element of this policy refers to the investigation and remediation of contaminated land and directs that the impact on receptors is taken into account. This wording may lead to some confusion if potential receptors are not identified. The reasoned justification does provide the further explanation in relation to groundwater, which is a key receptor. We would therefore request that this explanatory text is included within the plan to ensure developers are clear on the requirements.

Proposed Change