Since our phase two consultation last year we have continued to develop our proposals, which have been informed by the feedback we have received.
We are undertaking a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the relocation project, to inform our detailed design. EIA is a detailed process through which the likely environmental effects of the proposed development are studied, surveys are carried out, and mitigation measures to reduce or remove environmental impacts are identified. More importantly, the EIA has provided greater detail to the many questions raised by members of the local community throughout our consultation process.
Our EIA Scoping Report was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in October 2021. PINS has now reviewed our EIA Scoping Report and has published its Scoping Opinion, available on the project’s page on the national infrastructure planning website https://infrastructure. planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/cambridge-waste-water-treatment-plantrelocation/
As part of this phase three consultation, we are presenting the findings of the environmental studies undertaken to date in our Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR). This has been presented as a series of community and topic papers to allow you to focus on the areas which concern you most. Also available are our draft management plans showing how we intend to minimise impacts on the local community and environment, and our draft Development Consent Order (DCO) outlining the powers we will be seeking to construct and operate the new facility.
We are asking for your feedback on our environmental information, some elements of the design of the new facility where changes can still be made, and comprehensive environmental mitigation measures to help shape our final detailed proposals. Following this phase of consultation, we will review all feedback received to inform our final design and associated EIA activities. The key themes and areas we are seeking your feedback on are summarised in our phase three community consultation leaflet.
The PEIR papers and all associated consultation materials are available online in our document library. You can also view them in hard copy at our Community Access Points and during our community information events throughout the phase three consultation. A list of the full suite of phase three consultation materials, details of where to find our Community Access Points is available on the “Have Your Say “tab.