“Joint statement from local leaders and the Combined Authority Mayor on Cambridge 2040 announcement”

The Mayor and other local leaders issued a statement on the 19th December 2023 about Rt Hon Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, updated plans for the Government’s ‘Cambridge 2040’ vision.

The Government’s vision for Cambridge includes proposals for “northwards” of 150,000 new homes around Cambridge as part of a major new expansion of the city.

“Joint statement from local leaders and the Combined Authority Mayor on Cambridge 2040 announcement”

Update on Development Consent Order (DCO) process.

Deadline 2: Written Representations submission

Wednesday 6th December was the second deadline of the Examination on the Planning inspectorate’s timetable. We submitted comments on the City, District and County councils’ Local Impact Reports, the three Councils’ responses to Inspectors’ questions, Anglian Water’s replies to the Inspectors’ questions, comments on Natural England and the Environment Agency’s responses to the Inspectors and their Written Representations. Our barrister reviewed some of the documents but most were on our knowledge of the local area and what it would mean for residents.

Save Honey Hill submitted comments on the following:

  • comments on City, County and District Councils’ responses to questions from the Examining Authority (ExA – the Planning Inspectors)
  • comments on the three Councils’ Local Impact Reports
  • comments on Natural England’s, and Environment Agency’s responses to ExA’s questions,
  • comments on NE’s Written Representation  
  • comments on Anglian Water’s responses to the ExA’s questions
  • comments on Funding and Development Arrangement (that will have to be answered by AW and Homes England)
  • comments on Errors and Omissions in the Planning Statement

All documents submitted are published on the National Infrastructure website. This usually takes a few days as there are lots of them from the Councils, Anglian Water and other organisations.

Deadline 3: Save Honey Hill’s response to questions on our submissions.

The next deadline was 18th December when the Inspectors asked more questions and Anglian Water, the Councils and other organisations responded to comments made.

We replied to amendments which SCDC and City Council had made to their Local Impact Reports (LIR), comments by Anglian Water and the two Councils on Save Honey Hill Written Representation and Anglian Water’s comments on the LIRs.

  • Response to SCDC City LIR Amendments REP-2053 and REP2-044
  • Response to SCDC City Response to Save Honey Hill Written Representation
  • Response to the Applicant’s Response to Written Representations AW 8.13 REP2-038
  • Comments on Applicant’s Response to LIRs REP2-036
  • Save Honey Hill submissions for Deadline 3 and Further Submissions

Next steps

In January there will be more questions from the Inspectors and possibly some Hearings which we will attend. 

The Inspectors will be making an Accompanied Site Inspection in January so we have asked them to visit all the areas in the village which would be affected by construction and operation if the relocation were to go ahead. So you might see them at Waterbeach Station Road and level crossing, Clayhithe, Horningsea and the B1047 and A14 Junction, Low Fen Drove, Honey Hill itself, High Ditch Road, Green End and Horningsea Road, Fen Ditton. A representative of SHH will join them but only to help with navigating – no-one is able to try to influence them at that stage. 

Once again Anglian Water graces the pages of Private Eye..

Private Eye report again on the debacle that is Anglian Water’s Development Consent Order (DCO) to relocate the Cambridge sewage works to unspoilt greenbelt between the villages of Horningsea and Fen Ditton.

We’ve written previously about about the DCO process and the hearings. Also about the “ticking off” referred to in the article and other criticisms that the Planning Inspectorate have made in response to Anglian Water’s application. At every stage, including representations and hearings, Save Honey Hill have responded to the Planning Inspectorate and we will continue to do so until the end. It is reassuring that we are seeing signs that the Planning Inspectors are taking note.