Right under our noses, a crime against our environment is taking place. Anglian Water is applying to move a fully-functioning sewage works less than a mile to a new location on arable farmland in the Green Belt at Honey Hill between the villages of Fen Ditton, Horningsea and Quy. This private water company is being funded by £227 million of public money1.
Save Honey Hill is a community group formed to reject the proposal to relocate the Cambridge sewage treatment works from Milton to Honey Hill, a beautiful unspoilt, quality green field and arable site and an entry point to Wicken Fen. Honey Hill is in Green Belt land which forms part of an essential green lung around Cambridge.
UPDATE – The Save Honey Hill Group registered as an Interested Party (IP) and sent our Representation to the Planning Inspectorate on Tuesday 18th July.
All 309 Representations have now been published. Go have a read of the many different ones from your neighbours and beyond. It is heartening to see such objective, personal and varied comments. Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to write their thoughts.
The Planning Inspectorate will inform all IPs of the timetable for the next stage – the Examination, which is likely to start in September. At that stage anyone who has registered as an IP will be invited to make further comments in a Written Representation. We expect our barristers to give more input into that Representation.
During the Examination stage, which usually lasts six months, the Planning Inspectors will send questions to Anglian Water and to stakeholders for further information raised by the Representations. They will also hold issue-specific hearings. We will keep you updated when we have more detail. There is more information on the NI website National Infrastructure Planning; all Representations will be published there shortly.
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- HIF Award of £227 to unlock 9000 homes – Chancellors Autumn 2020 Statement/Spending Review p38