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Northumbrian Water has applied for planning permission for a new covered service reservoir with a 62 million litre capacity near Springwell Village.
Jane Imrie

Multi-million pound North East reservoir to provide water for 50,000 people

Plans for a new multi-million pound underground reservoir near Sunderland and South Tyneside have been revealed.

Northumbrian Water has applied for planning permission for a new covered service reservoir with a 62 million litre capacity near Springwell Village.

The £16m scheme, set to be situated on a 16 acre greenfield site to the south west of the village, would secure the water supplies for over 50,000 people

Michael Baker, Northumbrian Water’s tactical planning manager, said: “The area which will be fed by this new service reservoir includes Springwell, as well as the wider Wearside and South Tyneside areas.

“The service reservoir, which will consist of two reinforced concrete compartments would be covered with grass to fit in with the local environment, will help to ensure a resilient water supply for the area, strengthening the existing network in the area.

“We are pleased to be in a position to submit our plans for this development which will help secure future supplies for our customers.”

Justine Matchett, associate director at Lichfields in Newcastle who led the preparation of the planning applications and Environmental Impact Assessment, added: “This development will help secure supplies to Wearside and South Tyneside and support the wider water network in this part of the region.”

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