Consultation closing on new Anglian Water waste water treatment plant
Consultation on moving the waste water treatment facility from the north of Cambridge to a rural site between Fen Ditton and Horningsea ends on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
Anglian Water wants to relocate the sewage works from the site off Cowley Road, which will unlock land for more than 5,600 homes and a million square feet of commercial space.
The government has allocated £227million from its housing infrastructure funding (HIF) to Anglian Water and Cambridge City Council to fund the relocation.
But villagers in the ‘Save Honey Hill’ campaign group say the move will destroy a beauty spot in the green belt. They have raised concerns over the 26m-high sewage digester units, the estimated 140 HGV sludge lorry movements entering and exiting the site daily, and possible groundwater contamination.
Anglian Water says it plans to screen the 22-hectare state-of-the-art plant with a wide circular earthwork bank inspired by ancient Fen hill forts. It intends to create new habitat for wildlife and will build in mitigating features to minimise smells from the plant.
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Further phases of consultation are due to follow as the plans progress.