Bury St Edmunds to Colchester

We’re building a new pipeline between Bury St Edmunds and Colchester.


It will be made up of four sections:


  • A 14km section between Rede and Little Whelnetham
  • A 3km Section between Little Whelnetham and Rushbrooke
  • A 36km section between Little Whelnetham and Wherstead
  • An 18km section between Raydon and Great Horkesley 


It is part of Anglian Water’s Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP) which looks 25 years ahead to manage and secure the water resources by safe-guarding against the potential future impacts of water scarcity, climate change and growth, while protecting the environment.


The new pipelines will also increase reliability of water supply for homes and businesses and reduce risks of drought.


What is happening now?


We’re currently identifying our preferred route and will release it in the next few weeks. You may see our teams carrying out preliminary work, such as wildlife surveys.


What is happening next?


We will be submitting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Report to the Local Planning Authorities (Babergh District Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, Colchester Borough Council and West Suffolk Council) later this year.


We will then carry out further environmental assessments, progress the design of the pipelines and engage with communities, and other key stakeholders, about our plans.


We intend to hold a public engagement event to share our plans with communities along the route in the spring of 2022. Following that, we hope to submit a planning application, supported by an EIA, in the summer of 2022.


EIA is a process used to help protect the environment by providing Local Planning Authorities with a detailed evaluation of what effects the pipeline will have on the environment. It enables the planning authorities to be fully aware of the broader environmental picture when they decide whether to grant planning permission. 


Our work


We will work hard to keep the impact on communities along the route, and the environment, to a minimum.
Construction work will follow good industry practice using tried and tested techniques. The most commonly used method to lay a pipe is the use of open cut trenches. Where we particularly need to minimise disruption, such as by main roads, rivers, significant drainage, water ditches and railways, we will use trenchless techniques. 


If you have and questions, please email strategicpipelines@anglianwater.co.uk.


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