Q2.7 of my search confirms that Severn Trent has approved or been consulted about plans to build over or close to a public sewer. Can you supply more information relating to this contact?

This question considers whether Severn Trent Water’s build-over team has received any contact regarding any proposed or actual building work at the property since 2004 regardless of whether the building work went ahead or not, or whether build-over approval was or was not required. Contact could have been made by the home-owner at the time, a developer or from the local council planning department.

The CON29DW explained – Building over a public sewer

Our series looking at issues raised by the CON29DW examines the consequences of building over, or near to a public sewer.

Question 2.7 of the CON29DW asks ‘Has a Sewerage Undertaker approved or been consulted about any plans to erect a building or extension on the property over or in the vicinity of a public sewer, disposal main or drain?’
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Build over problems

A change to the law in 2011 means that thousands of formerly private sewers are now publicly owned. But what are the implications when these sewers run under your property?

The 2011 Private Sewer Transfer saw the majority of private sewers and drains in England and Wales transferred into public ownership. Thousands of kilometres of pipework – the repair and maintenance of which homeowners were liable for (often without their knowledge) – became the responsibility of water companies. Whilst this was undoubtedly good news for homeowners, it has created somewhat of a legal grey area when these sewers have been built over by their former owners.
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