In the article a spokesperson for the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service is quoted. Part of their statement refers to “8,350” homes coming from moving the sewage works.
“A North East Cambridge area action plan is being prepared by the councils for a significant new city district on this wider area that has identified potential for 8,350 homes and 15,000 jobs as well as supporting facilities.
This figure of 8,000 homes has been used across many newspaper articles recently but this is very misleading. The truth is, the emerging Local Plan which takes us to 2041, shows that the councils are only expecting to be able to build around 50% of that number1. We know, thanks to the Planning Inspectorate’s hearings, that around 1,500 of those 4,000 can be built now without moving the sewage works at all. Save Honey Hill argues that the balance of 2,500 is just not a big enough benefit to the public to justify the move of the sewage works – it is not good value for money coming from the public purse and is not the exceptional circumstance needed to permit building on Green Belt.
Post 2041, housing is already planned in other areas that will accommodate the shortfall.
Save Honey Hill argues that the balance of 2,500 homes is just not a big enough benefit to the public to justify the move of the sewage works
As a group, Save Honey Hill is not affected by compulsory acquistion but nonetheless we were able to raise some very important questions as to why Compulsory Purchase Orders are needed when there is no compelling case to relocate the current Waste Water Treatment plant.
Day two- Issue Specific Hearing 3 on Environmental Matters (ISH3)
On day two, the Inspectors concentrated in great detail on Traffic and Transport both for construction and operational traffic and the impact on Junction 34 and the associated roads, and on Waterbeach in relation to the Waterbeach pipeline. Yet again, there were discrepancies and omissions in the Applicant’s (Anglian Water) documents which have to be corrected or questions answered by the next deadline (D4) on 22 January. This subsequently means more work for Save Honey Hill, reading the answers and commenting where necessary. The Inspector emphasised that Anglian Water and National Highways, and in some instances, Cambridgeshire County Council Highways, must talk to each other.
Carbon was also discussed and again the Inspector had searching questions with further questions raised by Save Honey Hill.
Day three – Issue Specific Hearing 3 on Environmental Matters (ISH3)
On the third day, which lasted a marathon 10 hours, Save Honey Hill raised important issues around Ecology, Water Resources, including Flood Risk, Historic Environment, Landscape, visual and design, and Green Belt. Save Honey Hill was able to refute some of the points made by the council officer, although these were not accepted by the Applicant’s KC.
Recordings and Transcripts of the hearings
The hearings were all streamed live and these recordings are now available on the Planning Inspectorate’s website and YouTube:
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 – 9th January 2024
As part of the ongoing Development Consent Order (DCO) application examination by the Planning Inspectorate, this week (9th-11th January 2023) has seen the Compulsory Acquisition hearing and two days of Specific Issue Hearings by the Planning Inspectorate at the Hilton in Cambridge.
It is worth checking because some residents in Horningsea, Fen Ditton and Waterbeach are included as “Affected Persons”.
Book of reference – this is land which is proposed to be subject to Powers of compulsory acquisition, Rights to use the land or Rights to carry out protective work. As an example, this could be temporary possession of a footpath.