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Infrastructure for New Homes in Southeast 'Will Cost Billions'

Magazine article Public Finance

Infrastructure for New Homes in Southeast 'Will Cost Billions'

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Plans to build thousands of homes in Southeast England will land the government and local authorities with an extra bill running into billions of pounds, the Environment Agency warned this week.

An average of £20,200 per home will be required, says a study by the agency, published on March 19. This includes £13,000 to ensure water quality, £5,400 for flood risk management, £1,700 for water supply and £100 for waste.

The cost of additional sewage treatment in the region alone will come to about £7.5bn.

Barbara Young, the agency's chief executive, said the cost might be brought down by better planning that reflects environmental needs.

New infrastructure for sewerage and waste water should be planned over a 25-year period instead of the usual five, she proposed.

The agency also suggested developers could be offered incentives to build water-efficient housing, and water metering should be introduced more rapidly. …

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