Since 1895, the current Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant on Cowley Road has been serving the needs of Cambridge and Greater Cambridge by receiving waste water from people’s homes and businesses, treating it and returning it to the environment.

The Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant Relocation (CWWTPR) project, which we refer to as ‘the relocation project’, will unlock the existing site, enabling regeneration of this site and the land next to it owned by Cambridge City Council, making way for more than 5,600 new homes and one million square feet of commercial space (subject to planning permission) and thousands of new jobs.

These plans will be outlined in the draft North East Cambridge Area Action Plan (AAP), which will be published for consultation by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service later this summer.

The new, relocated facility will continue to provide vital services to Cambridge in a modern, carbon-efficient waste water treatment plant which will be developed in collaboration with the community. The new plant will also be equipped to deal with a growing population. It offers the opportunity for a joined-up solution for treating waste water from Cambridge and Greater Cambridge, including Waterbeach and Waterbeach New Town.

The proposed relocation will be funded by the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), set up to help deliver homes in areas of greatest housing need. You can read more about the HIF on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) website.

Learn more about the project and how to get involved by watching our video or visit our virtual exhibition.

A carbon-efficient opportunity

Anglian Water’s goal is to be a net zero carbon business by 2030. The detailed study we have undertaken to identify possible site areas for the new plant has carefully considered how to minimise the carbon impact of the relocation project. The three site areas identified minimise the carbon emissions that would be produced constructing the new waste water treatment plant. Read more about this in our site selection reports.

A strategic objective of the Greater Cambridge Local Plan is to make Cambridge an environmentally sustainable city. The emerging North East Cambridge (NEC) draft AAP sets out that NEC will be a ‘low environmental impact urban district, addressing both the climate and biodiversity emergencies. Development will support the transition to renewables, zero carbon and embed the challenge of climate change resilience’.

Collaborative development

We will work with stakeholders and the community to identify the most suitable site location for the new waste water treatment plant. We will share the results of the environmental studies and surveys which, along with your consultation feedback, will guide the design of the project.