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Stodmarsh and water quality

Natural England have issued water quality advice which affects planning applications for new homes in large parts of the district.

This means that an appropriate assessment must be carried out before we can agree new housing development which discharges waste water to the Stour Valley river catchment area. This is to make sure new development doesn't cause any further deterioration of the water quality at Stodmarsh. 

You can download the full advice note from Natural England.

The water quality advice from Natural England applies to planning applications which would connect to a waste water treatment works (WWTW) which discharges into the Stour Valley. This includes:

  • Canterbury (Sturry) WWTW
  • Herne Bay (Great Stour) WWTW
  • Westbere WWTW
  • Chartham WWTW
  • Newnham Valley WWTW

You can view the affected waste water treatement works on a map.

What we’re doing to find solutions - update 19 March 2021 

Since the guidance from Natural England was issued in July 2020 we have worked with local councils, Natural England, Kent County Council, the Environment Agency, Southern Water and government departments to find a solution.

Over the past three months we have worked with the Planning Advisory Service, which has held a series of meetings, to agree a catchment wide strategic approach to address nutrient neutrality.

Natural England agree that this approach is appropriate and the strategy is now at an advanced stage. We are finalising proposals which we will present to government in the next few weeks. We hope to be able to share a draft of the strategy in the next few months. 

Herne Bay catchment - update 6 April 2021

The Natural England advice does not restrict new development in the villages to the south and east of Herne Bay. Southern Water Services have confirmed these villages are in catchment area 1 of the May Street waste water treatment works. This discharges into the sea and does not impact Stodmarsh. 

Southern Water Services do not have a map of this catchment area. You can contact Southern Water Services for advice about a specific site.