The process | National Infrastructure Planning
DECISION TAKEN AWAY FROM LOCALLY ELECTED COUNCILLORS
It comes as a bit of a shock to many people that big planning matters that are deemed “National Infrastructure Projects” can be given the go ahead despiteopposition from all locally elected Councillors.
It appears that Southern Water are considering bypassing the local authorities completely and making direct application to the Secretary of State for permission to construct a desalination plant at Fawley.
This video (kindly flagged up by a local resident, Robin Pearce), explains how the system works. All Southern Water has to do is to “consult” with stakeholders such as the District Council. it doesn’t seem to matter if all local Councillors are firmly against. A Conservative Minister will decide. Presumably, this will be done after the elections are out of the way.
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