Havant Thicket Reservoir
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A reservoir planned for Havant is to be progressed after being included in Portsmouth Water’s latest round of plans. The reservoir, which is earmarked for a site between Rowlands Castle, the Forestry Commission’s Havant Thicket, Staunton Country Park and Warren Park, is included in the company’s draft Water Resources Management Plan for 2020-45 and Business Plan for 2020-25. Portsmouth Water is now starting to prepare a planning application for the reservoir to submit to Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council in 2020.
The reservoir is being developed in collaboration with Southern Water to secure more reliable water resources for the wider South East. Building the reservoir will allow Portsmouth Water to share supplies from its wider network with Southern Water customers in Hampshire where there is a severe shortage.
It will also provide a new, community leisure and environmental facility, with paths for walking, cycling and horse riding, bird watching facilities, picnic and play areas and parking, and potentially a visitor centre with a café, toilets and space for education activities. Tree planting has already started around the reservoir site to provide new wildlife habitats and there are proposals to include a wetland area on the reservoir itself.
In August 2014 Portsmouth Water published its Final Water Resources Management Plan. While the reservoir is not included in the current plan, it remains a feasible option for the future. The Company Plan is under regular review and a number of factors could change which would trigger the need for the reservoir. As a result the timescale for the reservoir remains uncertain, but the reservoir option could be brought forward at any time.
Portsmouth Water will continue to work with the Water Resources in the South East Group (which comprises the Environment Agency and all water companies in the SE) to promote the benefits of the Havant Thicket Reservoir as a potential new regional water resource and green infrastructure site. The Company believe that the reservoir remains a key part of a potential solution to water resource demand issues in the south east, especially as the water used to fill the reservoir would be supplied from an existing sustainable source (Havant and Bedhampton Springs), which already complies with the Habitat Regulation requirements.
The reservoir is also seen by the Company as an important future resource for addressing resilience issues in the short to medium term.
For more information visit the reservoir website
View a helicopter simulation ride around the reservoir;