Alcester flood alleviation

Alcester flood alleviation

When Severn Trent Water's existing pumping station at Alcester was over capacity, sewage flooding was affecting a large number of residential properties. The existing sewer needed to be replaced and upgraded to alleviate the problem, and a new shaft tank constructed. Although the replacement of the sewer was classified as permitted development, the application was within a scheduled monument, and the whole development therefore needed SM consent. The compound also had very poor access.

We helped STW's design engineers to identify those areas where harm to the SM could be minimised, with fewer likely objections from English Heritage. This involved a desk-based archaeological assessment supported by trial trenching, and a detailed assessment of the history of the compound site. We were able to demonstrate that the resulting harm was limited, and that the proposed use of the compound was better than an alternative scheme.

Thorough and detailed technical assessments, a pragmatic approach and engagement with council officers and members combined to meet the needs of the client, address the concerns of English Heritage and give the council confidence to permit the development.