Site for new waste water treatment plant revealed
The water company said the next stage of the project will provide an opportunity to build a modern, carbon-neutral WWTP.
The closure of the current treatment plant will enable the delivery of Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils’ vision for a new low-carbon city district in north-east Cambridge, creating around 8,000 new homes and 20,000 jobs over the next 20 years.
Following an extensive public consultation last year, and a series of rigorous environmental, community, planning, operational, and economic assessments, a team of experts has concluded the most appropriate location for the new site will be an area north of the A14 between Fen Ditton and Horningsea.
Proposals for the site will also include improving access to the surrounding countryside for local residents, connecting up existing habitats, delivering improved homes for wildlife, and new recreational opportunities for the community.
The plant will be carbon neutral, built using state-of-the-art technology, and will provide vital services for the community.
Karen Barclay, head of the Cambridge relocation consultation for Anglian Water, said: “Achieving the councils’ vision for the area action plan relies on the relocation of the waste water treatment plant, and we are working in partnership with them to unlock the development potential of the area, which has great walking, cycling and public transport links, including the new Cambridge North Station, making it a highly sustainable location for new homes.
“Anglian Water’s ambition for this considerable engineering endeavour goes far beyond building a new plant. It is vital we explain this isn’t simply moving an old facility to a new location. This is the creation of an entirely new, modern facility that will be surrounded by carefully created habitat for wildlife, along with opportunities to connect and improve access to the countryside.”