Secretaries of State Hazel Blears and Hilary Benn rejected the proposals by Southern water because of the effect of the development on the South Downs but this might not be the end of the story.
The £200 million project proposed to build a seven-mile tunnel running from Black Rock, a pumping station at Marine Drive and another at Portobello and a 1.5-mile sea outfall at Friars' Bay.
Ironically the report concluded that Lower Hoddern Farm in Peacehaven remained the most appropriate site for a sewage works but rejected the current plan because it was intrusive and seriously damaging to the area. But a string of suggested landscaping works which would lessen the impact might open the door to a new planning application.
Consequently, Southern Water has officially welcomed the Government's position and said it is considering a new bid for Lower Hoddern Farm.
Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership supported Southern Water’s planning application
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