Save Honey Hill Response to CWWTPR Phase 3 Consultation

Anglian Water’s Phase 3 consultation to relocate Cambridge’s existing sewage treatment works to Honey Hill on Cambridge’s Green Belt ends on the 27th April, 2022. This is the final consultation before Anglian Water submits its Development Consent Order application to the Planning Inspectorate

Here is the Save Honey Hill (SHH)’s response to the consultation. Everything Save Honey Hill does is aimed at stopping the application to relocate the plant to Green Belt at Honey Hill.  However, as with the phase 2 consultation, the phase 3 consultation is all about mitigation and provides residents with an opportunity to communicate their preferences to Anglian Water around traffic and access, odour, design, carbon cost, light and noise pollution and more. 

If the application is agreed, what we say now could lessen the effects of the relocation on our communities.

The  Phase 3 Consultation began on 24th February and ended 27th April 2022.

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26 April 2022

Save Honey Hill Group

Members of Save Honey Hill Group welcome the opportunity to comment on the proposals in the statutory Phase Three Consultation as set out in the Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant Relocation Document Library.

Save Honey Hill Group is a Community Group comprising residents from the villages of Fen Ditton, Horningsea, Stow cum Quy and Teversham. The primary objective of the Group is to challenge the proposed move of the CWWTP to an area of Green Belt between the villages of Fen Ditton and Horningsea known as Honey Hill.

While we are keen to engage with Anglian Water for mitigation, should the Development Consent Order be granted, we do this without prejudice to our stated aim to stop the relocation. Our objections include the fact that there is no operational need for the sewage works to move to an area of Green Belt, having sufficient capacity on site to be able to upgrade its facilities if needed.

We welcome the fact that residents of a wider geographical area in North Cambridge have been consulted in this Phase. However, Covid 19 pandemic restrictions since Phase 1 Site Selection process have restricted full understanding and engagement for many residents. Complete loss of Internet for Horningsea residents for 10 days during the Consultation period has also prevented them accessing documents and the interactive map.

A summary of our objections is attached followed by further details and recommendations for mitigation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Starkie
Chair, Save Honey Hill Group

Our full response is available as a PDF here:


Last few days to have your say on the sewage works relocation to Cambridge’s Green Belt

Anglian Water’s Phase 3 and final consultation on the proposed sewage works relocation ends Wednesday 27th April 2022.

Even though this is all about mitigation, then you can still go express your concerns about loss of green belt land, odour, the huge carbon footprint of the move, access to the site, traffic and visual impact in a rural setting.  Cite the response to phase 1 consultation when more than 50% of people responding opted for the plant to stay at current location.

The responses can be filled in by every single person in a household so encourage every member of your household to do it.

If you do not have time then go fill in the interactive map

  1. Fill in the consultation online
  2. Fill in the form you received in the post
  3. Use these suggestions to help with your responses
  4. Get all your household to do it too.
  5. Ask all your neighbours
  6. Ask anybody with an interest in the area
Deadline is 11:59pm Wednesday 27th April 2022.

After that, any additional questions you have time to complete will be a bonus and we have prepared some suggestions we hope will be helpful.

sunset over diggers.

You can express your concerns about:

  • loss of green belt land
  • odour
  • the huge carbon footprint of the move
  • access to the site, traffic
  • visual impact in a rural setting. 
  • Cite the response to phase 1 consultation when more than 50% of people responding opted for the plant to stay at current location.
  • It is also where you can add any comments to influence the design and the impact of a huge industrial site on the approach from the east to historic Cambridge
  • There is no operational need to rebuild. 
  • The design does not appear to be technically better than the current plant. 
  • Add concerns over stormwater control, pollution of the aquifer, effect on the River Cam.
  • State the impact on you personally.

0808 196 1661 – – FREEPOST: CWWTPR. 

Don’t forget to comment on the interactive map!

IT’S CRAP by the Save Honey Hill Community Choir from Cambridge

We, the Save Honey Hill Community Choir from villages to the north of Cambridge, are protesting the unnecessary relocation of Cambridge’s sewage works to Honey Hill, a beautiful, unspoilt site in Cambridge’s Green Belt. The climate impact of demolishing one functioning sewage plant and building another, just 1.5 km away will be enormous.

Join us in our fight to STOP Anglian Water relocating its Cambridge sewage plant to Green Belt. #greenbelt #sustainability

  • Anglian Water, a billion-pound private company, is being paid £227m of public money to move its Cambridge sewage plant to Honey Hill on Green Belt. The brownfield land left behind will then be sold to developers for housing as part of the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan (NECAAP).
  • The existing sewage plant was upgraded in 2015 and future-proofed till 2050, and Anglian Water admits there is ‘no operational need to move the plant’.
  • Honey Hill is between the villages of Fen Ditton, Horningsea and Quy and is the entry point to Wicken Fen, the most species-rich nature reserve in the UK.
  • It is valuable farmland, full of wildlife, and the site of prehistoric archaeological remains.
  • It is also in Cambridge’s Green Belt and should therefore be protected from development by government policy.
  • The sewage plant will be bigger than Wembley Stadium and floodlit. Huge structures will dominate the flat exposed fenland setting with multiple digester towers, over 20 metres high. Once operational, an estimated 140 HGV sludge lorries will enter and exit the site daily, clogging already busy local roads, adding to air pollution and compromising the safety of the children cycling to the nearby local primary school in Fen Ditton.
  • Anglian Water has not provided any figure for the enormous carbon cost of tearing down one functioning sewage plant and building another just 1.5km away.
  • According to DEFRA, Honey Hill is an area of high risk to groundwater contamination. It sits on a Principal Chalk Aquifer.

The music video is part of the vibrant Save Honey Hill campaign, active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Anglian Water will be submitting its application later this year to the government’s Planning Inspectorate.

Anglian Water’s Phase Three Consultation draws to a close on 27 April.

The Save Honey Hill Community Choir