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Brighton Waterworks held up by plans delay

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BIDDING for a £63 million waste-water treatment plant in Brighton has stalled after the city council turned down a detailed planning application for the scheme.

Now short-listed groups Amec/ OTVB and Balfour Beatty/Wabag are waiting on the results of a planning inquiry into proposals for Southern Water's Portobello project.

Work includes construction of a waste treatment and sludge recycling centre. A planning inquiry started on October 26 and is likely to last three months.

A Southern Water spokeswoman said: 'After the inquiry the inspector will make a recommendation to environment secretary John Prescott, so it is likely to be spring before we can start again.'

If Mr Prescott gives the project the go-ahead, bidders may be asked to resubmit tenders.

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