Phase 3 Consultation – Suggestions

Suggestions for completing the Anglian Water Phase 3 consultation form.

Here are some suggestions for the completion of your response form to the Anglian Water Phase 3 consultation.

The Phase 3 Consultation Feedback form is all about mitigation.  However, you can still let Anglian Water know that you oppose the relocation.  So, if you have limited time, you might like to prioritise completing questions 1, 2 and 24.

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. You can also do this online.

Please respond by 27th April when the consultation ends.

Part A


  1. How can the site achieve carbon neutrality when it uses energy to light and run the plant?
  2. The carbon footprint of decommissioning and decontamination of the current site has not been fully covered.
  3. Sludge lorries travelling from remote locations will increase carbon expenditure.
  4. Difficult to offset the carbon expenditure when cement is used; choose a different design material.
  5. Parking for 100 vehicles increases carbon footprint.


  1. The only way to reduce the impact of the Gateway Building is to have no sewage works on Greenbelt.
  2. Gateway Building and parking area as currently designed adds to the appearance of a huge industrial plant.
  3. Keep the Gateway Building low key; it is not an asset to this rural location.
  4. Visitor car park should be out of view and contained within the secure area inside the earth work bank framework

Q6) & Q7

  1. We dispute your statement that odour will not adversely affect people’s homes or enjoyment of the surrounding area.
  2. Risk of odour nuisance has been underestimated.
  3. You assess odour risk as ”Moderately offensive odour”; it would be high risk for those who use the area as a recreational amenity or travel. Very high risk for local residents including those at Biggin Abbey and Poplar Hall farm area affected by the Milton to Honey Hill transfer tunnel vents.
  4. Give more explanation of the 1km buffer zone; it would include many houses in the Conservation areas of Fen Ditton, Horningsea, Baits Bite Lock and the areas around Biggin Abbey, Poplar Hall Farm and Red Lodge Close.


  1. Visitor access should be limited to prevent congestion at the access, whether this is at A14 Junction 34/Horningsea Road or the preferred dedicated service road- access off the lay by between Junctions 34 and 35.
  2. Security might be impacted and fly tipping might be encouraged by having a visitor centre.

Q12 & Q16

  1. No amount of landscaping can disguise an industrial site with two 20 meter high and 20m in diameter biodigesters and associated buildings. The plant would remain visible above the earthwork bank and tree line. It would have a permanent effect on the setting and character of an area with rich local history.
  2. Reducing the earth work bank, as this consultation suggests, would show more of the plant; even at the 15 year point mature trees will not conceal it.
  3. More information is needed on the landscaping suggested at Consultation 2 for the top of the bund.
  4. Longer distance views of the taller elements could be softened by mature tree planting and filling hedgerow gaps.
  5. Long-term maintenance should be included in Phase 1 of the Landscape Management Plan


  1. A 22-hectare industrial site does not provide recreational initiatives.
  2. Access to green spaces is already provided by the existing PRoW’s but users will be affected by the sight and smell and the presence of sludge lorries.
  3. More measures for odour containment are needed.
  4. Reduce the number of sludge lorries arriving from remote locations
  5. Protect the landscape character of the riverbank and proposed outfall area.


  1. During A14 Junction 34 construction stage prevent construction vehicles building the junction using Horningsea Road south or north. (PEIR Figures 3 & 7 & TMP 3.1.3 p5)
  2. Provide clear signage to prevent permanent traffic using Horningsea Road to access the site.
  3. Weight limits must be monitored and observed
  4. Monitor construction traffic closely to prevent mud and debris on the road.


  1. Provide details of provision for children who usually walk or cycle to Fen Ditton Primary School while Junction 34 four-arm crossing is being built.
  2. Provide details of how congestion caused by Waterbeach to new site pipeline at Waterbeach, Clayhithe and northern end of Horningsea can be prevented.
  3. Provide details of how congestion caused by Milton to new site Transfer Tunnel to new site pipeline at southern end of Horningsea Road and at Green End, Fen Ditton can be prevented.
  4. Provide details of how the impact on River Cam cycle and footpath and river closure caused by building the transfer tunnel can be handled.

Q20 & Q21

  1. Provide a dedicated Service access road from the layby on the northern carriageway of the A14 between Fen Ditton (Jnc. 34) and Quy (Jnc. 35) instead of the new Junction at Horningsea Road.
  2. Provide details of how congestion will be prevented at Station Road, Waterbeach when the crossing is converted to full barriers. Delays of 20 minutes have been predicted due to barriers not opening between trains.


  1. Add vibration control, especially at the drilling and movement stages associated with pipeline and transfer tunnel.
  2. Widen the scope of impact in relation for dust and pollution control in relation to excavation of foundations.
  3. Widen the scope to include Visual impact, i.e. Introduce some form of screening during construction phase.


  1. Better communications on schedules, i.e. exact details of which area would be affected.
  2. Consider the impact that construction would have on stress and mental health of those living close to the routes for construction traffic access.


THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN OBJECT TO THE RELOCATION. You can 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.

  1. Cite the response to phase one consultation when more than 50% of people responding opted for the plant to stay at current location.
  2. 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
  3. The relocation does not meet the criteria for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project; there is no operational need to rebuild.
  4. The design does not appear to be technically better than the current plant.
  5. Add concerns over stormwater control, pollution of the aquifer, effect on the River Cam.
  6. State the impact on you personally.
  7. If you feel the questions stifle your wish to comment you can email your suggestions.
  8. Don’t forget to go on the interactive map!


Majority in favour of no relocation
CWWTPR Phase one Consultation Summary Report – p9