The Save Honey Hill Community Choir on Cambridge 105 tonight (Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May).

SAVE HONEY HILL COMMUNITY CHOIR is on Cambridge 105 tonight. The show is Strummers and Dreamers and starts at 7pm. We  are the 7th track of the show!  

The song has had nearly 2000 hits on YouTube and lots more on Facebook! 

Feargal Sharkey and Mary Beard have tweeted about it and we have had such a great response from people across the country on twitter.  

Well done Crap choir. We’re fighting, fighting with our song! Yeah .

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

Friends of Save Honey Hill – Winter Newsletter

Dear Friend

Thank you for being a Friend of Save Honey Hill. Without your support, opposition to the Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant Relocation (CWWTPR) to Honey Hill would not be possible.

The First Proposals: Local Plan Consultation period ended in December. Once again many groups around Cambridge submitted highly critical responses. Read below to find out more about the growing alliance of groups against the vast overdevelopment that is planned for Cambridge. We continue to work and liaise closely with them.

Anglian Water’s Phase three consultation on the sewage works relocation is due to start. Save Honey Hill is still committed to stopping the relocation but in the meantime we must also be sure to get the best outcome possible for our village communities through mitigation, should our efforts to stop this fail.

Finally, don’t miss a wonderful interview conducted by Liz Cotton, who spoke recently to local author, Phoebe Taplin, on the various walks she has taken around this area. If anybody needs to be persuaded to respond to Anglian Water’s Phase Three Consultation, then just send them the link to the interview.

Kind regards
Save Honey Hill

Save Honey Hill is a community group formed to reject the proposal to relocate Cambridge sewage treatment works from Milton to Honey Hill, a beautiful unspoilt, quality green field and arable site between the villages of Horningsea, Fen Ditton, Teversham and Quy.

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Objections to Despoiling Cambridge’s Green Belt by Anglian Water

“Love every inch” – Be a Valentine to Cambridge’s Green Belt

The Cambridge Green Belt was established to protect the setting of thisLove Every Inch historic city and that of the necklace villages that surround it.

The proposed relocation of Cambridge Sewage Works to Honey Hill – close to four such villages – would permanently despoil countryside that carries substantial heritage and recreational value for residents and visitors, particularly from the adjoining parts of the city.

This would disfigure a unique Fen Edge landscape through which people have passed for hundreds of years. Honey Hill is located close to a network of roads, waterways and green  tracks that have led into and out of the city for centuries. And it is destined to become a waymark for future generations walking or riding into the fenland wilderness created by the Wicken Fen Vision.

Anglian Water is threatening to blight the Green Belt to enable the commercial development of its current Sewage Plant site. There is no operational reason to move the works, and there are no special circumstances that justify creating an industrial plant on Honey Hill. They claim this is an infrastructure project of national importance, but it is in effect an exercise in building houses on the Green Belt by other means.

On behalf of the communities of Horningsea, Stow cum Quy, Fen Ditton, Teversham, Barnwell and Marleigh we oppose the relocation of the Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant at Honey Hill.

Save Honey Hill Group

supported by

The Federation of Cambridge Residents’ Associations

Campaign to Protect Rural England

Friends of the Earth (Cambridge)

Friends of the Cam

The Green Party (Cambridge)

Cambridge and Peterborough Climate Action Coalition


If you would like to add your name to the list please contact us.

Anglian Water’s Surveys on Honey Hill and its surrounding areas.

sunset over diggers.

As is fairly obvious to anybody passing, for the past few months Anglian Water have been conducting surveys on Honey Hill. They are surveying the ground for where they propose to relocate the sewage works to. They are also surveying the pipeline that will bring sewage from Waterbeach New Town and also the pipeline that will discharge into the River Cam.

Some of these surveys are under permitted development and Anglian Water received planning consent for these surveys (21/03583/FUL) for the rest.

These photos show the size of these surveys and the associated mud and debris on the roads, pavements and cycle path.


Pressure mounts to halt dislocated NECAAP

North East Cambridge development plans come under fire from local campaign groups

Increasingly, more groups and Councillors are expressing their concerns about the overdevelopment of Cambridge, including the planned relocation of the sewage works to Honey Hill. Much concern has also been voiced about the draft Local Plan and the implications of the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan (NECAAP) redevelopment and housing (planned for the current sewage works site) and the environmental and general impact the overdevelopment of Cambridge will have on all of our lives.

“creative carbon accounting”

Green Party city councillor, Hannah Copley, has accused local authorities of “creative carbon accounting” in development plans for North East Cambridge1. Like us, Cllr Copley believes moving the sewage works is unnecessary and that the environmental consequences of doing so have not been properly assessed. Cllr Copley, who represents Abbey Ward, said: – “The North East Cambridge development can only go ahead if the sewage works moves, and the sewage works is only moving so that the land can be developed. These two projects are intrinsically linked…We need to include the entire lifetime carbon emissions of the destruction, rebuilding and relocation of the new sewage works”. She questions “The completely unnecessary destruction and rebuilding of the waste water treatment works, and the loss of Green Belt land… The Cambridge Green Belt is being dismantled piece by piece”2

“Many residents are shocked at the level of growth proposed…and the plan’s failure to consider the overall environmental capacity and climate change impact and the effect on the historic environment (built and natural) in a holistic way”

In response to the Local plan, Friends of the Earth, has accused the councils of “hypocrisy” … who “on the one hand spout bland platitudes about cutting carbon dioxide emissions and on the other, countenance further pouring of concrete, building of roads for ever increasing traffic levels and continual gnawing away at the Green Belt in a Local Plan that has anything but good wishes towards anything local”3. Wendy Blythe of FeCRA states “Many residents are shocked at the level of growth proposed…and the plan’s failure to consider the overall environmental capacity and climate change impact and the effect on the historic environment (built and natural) in a holistic way”.4 CPRE and Friends of the Cam have raised their concerns about the lack of water and space to support the level of housing growth suggested in the Local plan. CamDEAG warns “Cambridge is being exploited for financial gain”. Concern has also been expressed about flood risk and food supply5

“You’re introducing another 18,000 people to an area and the assumption is that they will go elsewhere for their cultural and leisure facilities.”

In the Cambridge Independent Newspaper6, Independent Cambridge City Councillor, Sam Davies, expresses her concern about the density of housing proposed and the lack of leisure and social amenity space on the NECAAP development, planned for the existing sewage works site in Milton. “You’re introducing another 18,000 people to an area and the assumption is that they will go elsewhere for their cultural and leisure facilities.” It is widely acknowledged that Milton Road is already at capacity and there is concern about the impact the increase in population in this area will have on our roads7. James Littlewood, Chief executive of Cambridge Past Present and Future, has expressed concerns about the potential impact of thousands of future residents on Milton Country Park. He has told councillors that not enough open space is allocated for future residents8. Councillor Anna Bradnam has also expressed her concerns over lack of sports and Faith facilities and a cemetery9

Concern has also been expressed by our MP Lucy Frazer10 and Councillors Claire Daunton11 and Anna Bradnam about access to the proposed new sewage works site at Honey Hill. All favour option three, a dedicated service from the layby on the A14 to the site. Anglian Water prefers Option 1, on Horningsea Road.


Glossary: –

  • NECAAP – North East Cambridge Area Action Plan
  • CPRE – Campaign for the Protection of Rural England
  • FeCRA – Federation of Cambridge Residents’ Associations
  • CamDEAG – The Cambridge Doughnut Economics Action Group


  1. Written question to City Council Planning & Transport Scrutiny Committee, 114th Jan 2022 []
  2. Cambridge Independent Jan 12-Jan 18 2022 p9 []
  3. Cambridge Friends of the Earth Facebook page []
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  5. Cambridge Independent Jan 5-Jan 11 2022 p9 []
  6. Cambridge Independent Newspaper Jan 12th to 18th []
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  11. Lib Dem Flyer, November 2021 []

Anglian Water Phase 3 Consultation coming soon – get involved!

sunset over diggers.

A lot has been going on in the last couple of months but now we have reached a very important stage.

Phase 3 Consultation

Everything Save Honey Hill does is aimed at derailing the application to relocate the plant to Green Belt at Honey Hill. Anglian Water has scheduled the Phase 3 Consultation for mid- to late-February. It will run for 8 weeks and all residents will have the chance to comment. Those comments will go to the Planning Inspectors; it is a real chance to get over to them our objections and, if the application is agreed, to lessen the effects on our communities.

So look out for a leaflet from Save Honey Hill telling you what we consider are the important issues and please do complete the consultation when Anglian Water delivers their leaflets (you will be able to do it online or on their form). They will contact 10,600 properties so there is a good opportunity to make our voices heard.

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

We have tried to influence decisions on plans for North East Cambridge because that is the reason Anglian Water and Councils want the plant to move. We have attended meetings at SCDC and Cambridge City Council, written letters to councillors, Government ministers and MPs, been quoted in local newspapers and generally made a nuisance of ourselves. We think the decision by both councils to approve the proposals for NECAAP is premature; there won’t be a public consultation on it until after the Planning Inspector has decided on the sewage works relocation.

Engagement with Anglian Water

We are also in discussion with Anglian Water at their Community Working Group meetings alongside representatives of the four Parish Councils. Although our aim is to stop the relocation completely, we want to influence the best design if it happens. This includes odour control, screening and maintenance of the trees used, size and location of the stacks, carbon footprint, light pollution and impact on the villages. One of the main concerns is the site access. Option 3 is our preferred access for both permanent and construction traffic as a dedicated service road from the layby on the northern carriageway of the A14 between Junctions 34 and 35 will have less impact on traffic flow and the pedestrian and cycle path on Horningsea Road and less risk to children going to school. If Option 1, Junction of A14 with Horningsea Road, is chosen, then Option 1B is preferable as being less disruptive to traffic and hopefully less likely to encourage HGVs to use the village roads of Fen Ditton and Horningsea.

Next steps

Everyone can help by completing the Consultation when Anglian Water publishes it. State your objections and let Anglian Water and the Planning Inspector know what you think must happen to make the plant less of a huge industrial blot on our landscape.

Our website (and this blog post) will be updated with direct links to the consultation when it is publishes.