Nestlé Waters has put forward a revised route for its proposed pipeline extension in Buxton, which it hopes will minimise disruption to the town centre and residential properties.
Following huge public protest, the drinks giant withdrew its original application to run the pipeline along the busy A6 Fairfield Road, to serve a new bottling facility on the outskirts of the town.
But this week, Nestlé, producers of Buxton Water, submitted a revised planning application. The proposed route would now go along a section of Station Road, Charles Street and Lightwood Road and up Hogshaw Villas Road, crossing private land before extending onto Waterswallows Lane.
A spokesperson for Nestlé Waters said: “We have listened to the various views from the community about the initial pipeline route we submitted and have revised it significantly. We are keen to minimise disruptions and are grateful to High Peak Borough Council for their advice and guidance. The proposed route now avoids the busy A6 which responds directly to the feedback we received.”
The pipeline application forms part of Nestlé’s plan to relocate from its current Station Road site and build one of Europe’s most modern bottling facilities at Waterswallows. The new site would allow Nestlé Waters to increase capacity, efficiency and environmental performance.
Supermarket giant Tesco has already announced its intention to build a new superstore on the vacant Station Road site, should the move go ahead.
“Having been part of Buxton for over 20 years and having committed ourselves to another 100 years, our proposed relocation is necessary to increase capacity, efficiency and environmental performance,” the spokesperson added.
Nestlé has contacted residents along the proposed route to inform them of its plans. A number of drop-in sessions will also be held next month.
A dedicated hotline has been set up for people to call if they have any questions or would like more information. The number is 0845 602 2807.