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New pumping station needed at Dover Road, Guston where Whitfield Expansion brought existing station to capacity

A new pumping station is expected to be built to cater for the explosion of housing in Guston and Whitfield near Dover.

Affinity Water has submitted plans to build a new kiosk and associated infrastructure at Downsgate in Dover Road, Guston and claims the existing one has already reached capacity.

The new pumping station will be beside the existing two covered reservoirs, pictured
The new pumping station will be beside the existing two covered reservoirs, pictured

The area is subject to numerous housing developments including more than 5,000 at Whitfield and up to 300 new homes on the main Connaught Barracks site.

This week we revealed how a post-Brexit customs clearance park for 1,200 lorries will be built by July on land beside B&Q in Whitfield.

This land backs on to Affinity Water's site. And future development in the area includes a green bus and cycle route connecting Whitfield and Guston with the town and the train station expected to be built by 2023.

Plans submitted to the council this week by the water authority show the pitched tiled roof structure which will be 5.03m high and have an area of 59.5m2.

This will be west of the existing two covered reservoirs already on the 620m2 site, pictured.

According to Affinity Water's planning statement, the need for the upgrade is as a result of recent and ongoing development in the area, most notably at Whitfield.

Kent Highways has no objection and has asked finer details to be outlined in a Construction Management Plan.

The plans can be viewed and commented on here using ref: 20/01293

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