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Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document

Meeting of the Executive held on 09/03/2004
Frensham Great Pond Dredging Project



Summary & Purpose
Frensham Great Pond is leased to Frensham Sailing Club. There is an obligation under the lease for the Council to maintain 4 feet of water within the sailing area. Waverley is working in partnership with the sailing club to secure funding from a number of sources to carry out a dredging project in 2004/05.

This report seeks authority for the submission of a planning application in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992, in respect of the engineering works at Frensham Great Pond. Details of the proposed works and resource implications are set out within the report.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
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Positive or Negative
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The dredging project will conserve and enhance the wildlife, landscape and recreation value of Frensham Pond and support the viability of the Sailability disabled sailing scheme.

E-Government implications:
There are no e-government implications arising directly from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

The total project cost is estimated at 111,300. A capital budget of 30,000 is included in the 2004/05 capital programme and funding is being sought through a number of external sources. The project is also being submitted under the Community Partnerships Scheme which will be considered by the corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee in March. If this application is successful, the capital budget may no longer be required.

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Background

1. Depth surveys have shown that siltation has occurred on the southern and western edges of the Great Pond. This is now restricting sailing activities, in particular the fixed keeled boats used for the Sailability disabled sailing scheme. A Frensham Great Pond Project Group consisting of the main interest groups, FPSC, WBC, EA, EN, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Frensham Angling Society, has been formed to develop dredging proposals for areas around the sailing jetties.

2. The dredging constitutes engineering works in planning terms and therefore it is necessary to obtain planning consent prior to the commencement of any work. This can only be finally determined once the fine detail of the scheme has been drawn up and officers consider it prudent to seek authority for the planning application now to avoid delays.

3. The main elements of the project are: Installation of a silt trap to assist in the future sustainability of the project.

Project Benefits

4. The project will benefit the 250,000 visitors annually to Frensham Common Visitor Centre through improved water quality and wildlife. Frensham Sailing Club of 700 members (including 70 active junior sailors) will benefit from improved sailing depth and water quality, but in particular the Frensham Sailability disability scheme with 80 members. It must also be noted that Frensham is considered a regional centre of excellence for disabled sailing which, follows the recent significant lottery award made to the club. The Farnham Angling Society will benefit from improved water quality and healthy fish stocks. The wildlife of the Site of Special Interest will be enhanced through the improved water quality and the creation of 1.3 hectares of reed bed, which makes a major contribution to the Surrey Biodiversity Action Plan targets.

Proposed Timetable

5. The proposed timetable of events is as follows:- May to August – Specifications and tendering
October – Appoint contractor
November to December – Complete dredging
January to March 2005 – Reed bed planting
April to September - Install silt trap

Conclusion

6. As well as bringing wide ranging benefits to Waverley residents, the project will meet the Council’s landlord obligations currently set out in the lease. This project represents value for money as it aims to use partnership funding to deliver the project. Confirmation of funding is expected by early April. Executive approval is required to allow a planning application to be submitted for the proposed engineering and landscape improvement works.


Recommendation

It is recommended that the Executive gives authority for the submission of a planning application in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 for the dredging of Frensham Great Pond.

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Background Papers (DoE&L)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.


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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Jane Bowden Telephone: 01483 523443

E-mail: jbowden.@waverley.gov.uk

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