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The plans will now go before Cheshire East Council in September
CONSTRUCTION of a brine pipeline linking Warmingham, Middlewich and Lostock has been given the go-ahead by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC).
The 15km cross boundary pipeline, proposed by British Salt, was given unanimous approval by CWAC’s strategic planning committee at its latest meeting.
If given approval, the 450mm diameter pipe will take brine from the Warmingham brinefield to the British Salt factory for purification.
The brine will then be transported underground to sister company Tata Chemicals as a key ingredient in the creation of soda ash.
The company says this shows ‘long term commitment’ to the sites in Middlewich and Northwich, employing almost 600 people.
Speaking on behalf of British Salt Ltd, David Adams told the committee: “The development proposals are integral to the long term security and sustainable growth of my client’s operations at both Middlewich and Lostock.
“These proposals are part of an ongoing programme of improvements that will enable the business to continue to operate successfully in a competitive market securing jobs and enabling future investment at the manufacturing plant in Lostock.”
Before the pipeline can be built, approval is also needed from Cheshire East Council, who is set to discuss the plans at their own strategic planning committee meeting on September 11.
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