Between July and September 2020, we held our Phase One consultation and asked for your views on three potential locations for our new waste water treatment plant. In November we published a report summarising the feedback received and how this was being considered in our site selection and early design process. This is available on our document library.
Thank you once again to the thousands of residents and stakeholders who provided feedback. We recognise that many people feel very passionately about the issues raised during consultation and we entirely understand the strength of feeling. We have very carefully considered all responses alongside out environmental, community, planning, operational, economic and programme assessments. It has been a challenging decision to make; however, we have now concluded our site selection process and identified the site we will be taking into out Phase Two consultation later this year.
Our site selection process has concluded that Site 3, an area north of the A14 between Fen Ditton and Horningsea, is the most appropriate site overall and is the site selected to build a new state-of-the-art facility for Cambridge and the surrounding area.
This site also provides the greatest opportunity to deliver wider benefits to communities and the environment. Site 3 was found, on balance, to perform best across a range of key assessment criteria. The site also presents greater opportunities to protect and enhance the surrounding environment, deliver improved habitats for wildlife and create increased access and connectivity so that people can enjoy the Greater Cambridge countryside, delivering on many of the things residents have told us are important to them.