Enable sustainable economic and housing growth

Our long-term strategic ambitions are shaped to deliver on our purpose and drive us to achieve more, for everyone. 

We are working to embed water and resilience at the heart of growth and development in the East of England. 

Key achievements 


  • Awarded Best In-House Planning Team 2020, Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence  
  • New location selected for Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant, with potential for 5,600 homes on existing site  
  • Ox-Cam utilities alliance convened 
  • Published guide for developers of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Programmes 

Supporting housing growth  

Ongoing rapid growth in our region poses major challenges for Anglian Water, but also presents an opportunity to make a positive influence on new developments. A key priority is the work we are undertaking with South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council to support their vision for sustainable growth by moving our Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant to a new location (see page 65). This ambitious project, for which a site has now been selected, following customer consultation, would free up land for up to 5,600 of the 8,000 homes to be created in the wider area. We work closely with our local authorities to ensure that water is a key consideration of their plans. This year we’ve secured agreement that all Norfolk local authorities will seek the optional higher water efficiency target of 110 litres per day in all new housing development. We’ve also appeared at North Essex Local Plan hearings to explain the infrastructure needed to accommodate identified housing need of over 40,000 homes by 2033.  

Influence and leadership  

As a major facilitator of growth in the East of England we take every opportunity to shape and influence the national and local development debate. In our region, we’ve convened a utilities alliance across the Ox-Cam Arc to create a joined-up approach to planning for substantial development and population growth that will help reduce costs, cut carbon and support inbound investment to the area, as well as making the case for creating waterefficient homes and businesses. Nationally, we’ve been drawing together organisations through the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management water reuse partnership and Waterwise to tackle persistent barriers to water management methods such as neighbourhood-level water harvesting and reuse.