DWD has advised Thames Water Utilities on its proposals to construct the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a wastewater storage and transfer scheme to upgrade London’s 150-year old sewage system and reduce sewage overflows into the River Thames.
The project was one of the earliest and most complex projects to be consented under the Planning Act 2008 and required a Development Consent Order from two Secretaries of State. The 25km tunnel requires 24 construction worksites and passes through 14 local authority areas. Construction began in 2016 and the tunnel will be operational from 2024.
DWD provided planning advice towards the preparation of the DCO application including planning statement preparation and statements of common ground with the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Three members of the DWD team were previously seconded into the Thames Tideway Tunnel Delivery Team for several years each, carrying out site selection and statutory consultation activities, local authority and landowner engagement, briefing of legal counsel, and examination hearing attendance and management.