The latest stage on Development Consent Order (DCO) application examination by the Planning Inspectorate was three days of hearings (9th-11th January 2023) at the Hilton in Cambridge. The Compulsory Acquisition hearing and two days of Specific Issue Hearings.
As can be seen from the sheer number of recordings below the three days were long and detailed. Well done to all who attended.
The hearings were reported on by the Cambridge Independent, Cambridge News and beyond including the BBC.
Day One – Compulsory Acquisition Orders (CAH1)
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
- Issue Specific Hearing 3 on Environmental Matters (ISH3)
- ISH3 Agenda
- ISH3 day 1
- ISH3 day 2
- ISH3 Action Items
You can view these and livestreams of all past hearings on the Planning Inspectorate’s Examination Library.