Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme (HARP)

The Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme (HARP) is a scheme to replace sections of the Haweswater Pipeline that runs from Cumbria to Greater Manchester.

As some replacement pipelines are within the Ribble Valley we (as the Local Planning Authority) will receive the planning applications.

These documents and others will be available on this page as well as the planning application search for each application.

To find out more about the overall programme of works, please visit the United Utilities consultation website where you will find a virtual exhibition.

United Utilities HARP virtual exhibition - https://harpconsultation.co.uk/  The latest plans for the Bowland and Marl Hill sections can be viewed at www.harpconsultation.co.uk 

In relation to third party comments on the HARP applications in accordance with the normal protocol the Council will not acknowledge objection letters. Currently full letters will be available to inspect at the Council and redacted copies attached to the relevant on line application file. Redacted copies will be published as soon as possible and may take over a week to process. In some cases the Council will forward comments direct to the applicant to respond. The following protocol has been agreed.

  1. The applicant will respond directly to any queries as requested by the LPA .
  2. The applicant will track other responses in order to identify any themes emerging that require an additional response. If necessary, the applicant will prepare and submit a formal package of information in the form of a supplementary environmental information document which will wrap up any updates to the proposals and our responses to comments received by RVBC.  If necessary, RVBC may then allow a further period of public consultation to allow officers and the public an opportunity to consider the supplementary package.

On Monday 7th March 2022, United Utilities sent an update as follows:

"We want to keep you updated on progress since our submission of the planning applications for the two proposed sections within the Ribble Valley Borough Council (RVBC) boundary in June 2021, referred to as the Bowland and Marl Hill sections.  We have reviewed the consultation feedback received through the planning process for each application and as a result of this we have made some updates to our proposals, including the routeing of construction vehicles.  Following significant support for Route Option 2 (the Ribble Crossing), we have adopted the temporary haul road and bridge over the River Ribble as our proposed main access route to the Bowland and Marl Hill compound areas.  To enable us to build both the Ribble and Hodder Crossings during the enabling works period, we are seeking to use the existing road network for around 9 months at the start of construction and during this period we would implement temporary traffic management measures to facilitate the safe use of local roads.  We have updated our virtual exhibition at www.harpconsultation.co.uk/ to illustrate these changes."

As part of the planning application process the updated information will be made available through Ribble Valley Borough Council's website and interested parties will be able to comment on the revised proposals.

Planning Applications