Sewerage fears are backed up by water board

Malcolm Cresswell, Ann Latham and Hazel Hardacre from the Seahouses and North Sunderland Action Group.
Malcolm Cresswell, Ann Latham and Hazel Hardacre from the Seahouses and North Sunderland Action Group.

Northumbrian Water’s latest response to an application for a housing development in Seahouses confirms that the village sewage works are at capacity.

At the November meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, members heard that the water company had clarified its position regarding plans for 89 new homes on land east of Kingsfield.

In January, an amended version of the scheme, which saw the orignally-proposed leisure aspects removed, was discussed by the parish council.

Members agreed to object to the plans on a number of grounds, including overdevelopment, the lack of need and the effect on sewerage and other village infrastructure.

In Kingsfield, only 20 of the 77 properties are occupied full-time.

Now, it appears that Northumbrian Water (NW) agrees regarding the village’s sewage treatment works.

Its response explains that it has carried out an updated assessment and that the number of proposed dwellings, together with surrounding planning applications, exceeds the currently available capacity.

“As a result, there is insufficient capacity to manage and treat the flows arising from this proposed development,” it adds.

Odour is also a concern regarding the proposed new homes. Northumbrian Water has recommended an updated odour assessment.

Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart had held a meeting with a representative of Northumbrian Water regarding several issues. It was revealed that a covered drain outside the National Trust shop on Main Street had collapsed. This may have been responsible for the odour problems that residents had been noticing as it was unclear how long it had been in that state.