Cambridge waste water treatment plant relocation project consultation summary report published

25 November 2020


The relocation project will deliver a modern, carbon-efficient waste water treatment plant that will continue to provide vital services for the community and the environment and enable Greater Cambridge to grow sustainably.


Anglian Water has published a summary report following the first phase of consultation on the proposals to relocate the Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant to enable sustainable growth in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.


Launched earlier this year, the public consultation took place between July and September and sought views and feedback from the local community and stakeholders on the three potential relocation sites.


Over 5,000 people visited the digital engagement platform and virtual exhibition space and Anglian Water received in excess of 3,000 comments from local residents.  The summary report shares the wide range of views received and explains how Anglian Water is using this feedback to inform the site selection and design processes for the project. The company is carefully considering all responses alongside environmental, operational, planning and programme assessments before concluding the site selection process in late January 2021.


The relocation project will deliver a modern, carbon-efficient waste water treatment plant that will continue to provide vital services for the community and the environment, recycling water and nutrients, producing green energy and enabling Cambridge to grow sustainably.  


South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council recently consulted on a draft Area Action Plan for a new low-carbon city district in North East Cambridge, which could create 8,000 homes and 20,000 jobs over the next 20 years. Anglian Water is working in partnership with them to help achieve this vision through the relocation of the Cambridge Treatment Plant which will unlock the last large brownfield site in an area with great walking, cycling and public transport links, making it a highly sustainable location for around 5600 of those new homes.


Karen Barclay, Head of the Cambridge relocation consultation said, “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contacted us and given their feedback on the proposals to relocate the Cambridge waste water treatment plant.


“The feedback we received has been hugely valuable to our site selection and early design processes for the project and we are now carefully considering all responses before we conclude our site selection process in late January 2021.  The relocation project gives us the opportunity to design and build a modern, carbon-efficient plant, using the latest technologies enabling us to continue to serve the needs of our customers across Cambridge and the surrounding area, including planned new developments such as the Waterbeach New Town, both now and into the future.”


During the consultation Anglian Water sent out more than 14,000 leaflets to local homes and businesses and held a number of community webinars to enable residents to hear more about the project and ask questions. There was an interactive engagement platform where comments could be posted online.


The report published today summarises the views on the site options and highlights the issues that are most important to local residents. A wide range of feedback was received including on odour, the value of local amenity, traffic, landscape, local ecology and biodiversity and local heritage.  Once the site selection process has concluded in January, the preferred site will be announced.


The second phase of consultation will begin in the summer of 2021 and will continue the company’s commitment to working with the community and wider stakeholders to respond to their feedback to develop the proposals and explore ways in which the project could deliver opportunities to improve local amenity, landscape and biodiversity.


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The full summary report is available to download here.