The decisions at gate two are made by further examining the solutions in more detail, with focus on ensuring that funding for continued investigation and development of solutions is aligned to water resources planning. We welcome representations from stakeholders regarding these elements.
Decisions about whether or not a solution goes ahead will be made through water resources planning and subsequently applications for local planning and environmental consents, not the through RAPID itself. Stakeholders with representations about specific schemes should engage with future consultations or contact the solution owners directly.
You can view all the solution schematics in one document here.
Draft decisions (to be published 30 March 2023)
|Anglian Water – Affinity Water Transfer
(see letters below)
|Draft decision for Anglian Water – Affinity Water Transfer||Publication scheduled June 2023||Anglian Water and Affinity Water|
|Fens Reservoir||Draft decision for Fens Reservoir||Publication scheduled June 2023||Anglian Water and Cambridge Water (South Staffs Water)|
|Grand Union Canal Strategic Transfer||Draft decision for Grand Union Canal Strategic Transfer||Publication scheduled June 2023||Affinity Water, Severn Trent Water and Canal & River Trust (The Trust)|
|London Water Recycling||Draft decision for London Water Recycling||Publication scheduled June 2023||Thames Water|
|Minworth Water Recycling||Draft decision for Minworth Water Recycling||Publication scheduled June 2023||Severn Trent and Affinity Water|
|Severn to Thames Transfer (STT)||Draft decision for Severn to Thames Transfer (STT)||Publication scheduled June 2023||United Utilities, Severn Trent and Thames Water|
|Severn Trent Sources (STS)||Draft decision for Severn Trent Sources (STS)||Publication scheduled June 2023||Severn Trent|
|South East Strategic Reservoir Option (SESRO)||Draft decision for South East Strategic Reservoir Option (SESRO)||Publication scheduled June 2023||Affinity Water and Thames Water|
|South Lincolnshire Reservoir||Draft decision for South Lincolnshire Reservoir||Publication scheduled June 2023||Affinity Water and Anglian Water|
|Thames to Affinity Regional Transfer||Draft decision for Thames to Affinity Regional Transfer||Publication scheduled June 2023||Affinity Water and Thames Water|
|Thames Water to Southern Water Transfer||Draft decision for Thames Water to Southern Water Transfer||Publication scheduled June 2023||Thames Water and Southern Water|
|North West Transfer||Draft decision for North West Transfer||Publication scheduled June 2023||United Utilities|
|Poole Effluent Recycling and Transfers*||Draft decision for Poole Effluent Recycling and Transfers||Publication scheduled July 2023||Southern Water, South West Water and Wessex Water|
|Cheddar 2 Source and Transfer*
(formerly West Country North sources)
|Draft decision for Cheddar 2 Source and Transfer||Publication scheduled July 2023||Southern Water, South West Water and Wessex Water|
*Please note: Cheddar 2 Source and Transfer and Poole Effluent Recycling and Transfers decisions have been postponed due to the delayed publication of South West Water’s water resource management plan (WRMP).
Letters to solution owners
Anglian to Affinity Transfer – solution scope change request
A letter was received in November 2022 from the solutions owners with a supporting note which sets out their proposed strategy for managing changes to the solution scope and partnering beyond gate two. They are recommending that the full scope of the Anglian to Affinity transfer does not progress to gate three. The supporting note sets out the background to these changes, the options considered and the recommended option to progress the required scope to gate three.
West Country North sources and transfers and Poole effluent recycling sources and transfers – solution option changes
An interim update from Wessex Water, in associated with solution partners South West Water, Bristol Water and Southern Water, was received proposing a change to West Country North source and transfers and Poole effluent recycling sources and transfers solution options. The change results in the solutions going forward no longer considering inter-regional needs and instead addressing intra-regional needs only.
Read the interim letter relating to the West Country Water Resources solutions here and the response from RAPID here.