East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Roy Beggs MLA has recently met with the Permanent Secretary for the Dept for Infrastructure and NI Water officials and received confirmation that that the Larne Sewerage Waste Water Treatment site is a full capacity, adding significant costs to building a home in a new development in Larne.
Roy Beggs MLA said, “At a recent meeting with the Permanent Secretary, the Department for Infrastructure and NI Water officials confirmed that the existing public sewerage within the catchment area of Larne Waste Water Treatment is operating above the design capacity and NI Water will not be permitting new sewerage connection with addition sewerage loading. I am surprised that the relatively new Larne treatment works has reached full capacity already. This decision will add significantly to the cost of building new homes in Larne as new developments would have to build their own private Waste Water Treatment Works which could subsequently be passed over to NI Water.”
NI Water have stated in recent communications:
“The existing public sewerage network within the Larne catchment is currently operating above design capacity and after consulting with our environmental regulators Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), NI Water are not currently approving new connections to the existing public sewerage network. New connections will only be considered where the applicant can demonstrate like for like development or reduced loading from the proposed sewage discharge.”
Roy Beggs MLA has been advised that significant sewerage capacity has been committed to in previous applications which have already been approved. This has allocated the remaining treatment capacity.
Roy Beggs MLA said, “This lack of sewerage capacity which will increase the cost of developing a new home in Larne, will be particularly concerning for residents and potential new home buyers in the area. Any new development built in Larne will have to include a developer funded sewerage network which will increase the cost of new builds in the Larne area by many thousands of pounds. I have also written to the Department of Infrastructure requesting that the Larne sewerage infrastructure should be expanded to meet the needs of the local community and so that new homes and jobs can be attracted to the Larne area. I have also asked if this decision will apply to new businesses as if it does, this will limit local job opportunities in the future.”