North East Cambridge Community Forum 07 July 2021

Where: Virtual meeting - Zoom 

Attendance: Approximately 30 people 

Additional feedback: Following the Forum on 7 July, we did not get a very large cross-section of responses on our survey so we are running this again here and will send out the survey to our contact list. Please do complete this survey and help us to shape future Community Forums.

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Questions from the meeting follow after the video. 

Timestamps of presentations and Q&A:

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Hana Loftus - Planning Policy, Greater Cambridge Planning


Matthew Paterson - Planning Policy, Greater Cambridge Planning


Fiona Bryant - Strategic Director, Cambridge City Council


Karen Barclay - Head of Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant Relocation Programme, Anglian Water


General Q&A



Unanswered questions:

The design for the new Cambridge Waste Water Treatment plant is driven from a landscape-led approach. The design takes its inspiration from the local Fen-edge character, both past and present of local hill forts such as Fleam Dyke and Devil’s Dyke and circular Iron Age hill forts such as Wandlebury Ring and Belsar’s Hill

Our design proposals will support and, over time, enhance the natural environment and make a positive contribution to the local landscape and ecology beyond the facility’s boundary.

The 22-hectare plant, enveloped within a high circular earthwork bank, will be a visible feature and will also blend in as it matures, both screening the facility and creating new habitat for wildlife.

It will effectively screen all but the tallest elements of the facility from all directions. Further screening will come through additional tree and grassland planting within a site area around 94 hectares. The area surrounding the facility’s boundary is being designed to support and complement local projects and goals such as Wicken Fen vision and Cambridge Nature Networks.

We are hoping our proposals stimulate dialogue and feedback and you can provide that during our second phase of consultation, closing on 18 August.

We are reducing the amount of new commercial floorspace, which helps address the balance of land uses across the NEC area and also releases land for additional open space provision.

LDA Design were commissioned to prepare the Cultural Placemaking Strategy [PDF] for NEC. Michelle Lord, Senior Arts Development Officer was one of the officer leads assisting the consultants. With respect to The Junction, the strategy references the renewal of the facilities at this venue and proposes the AAP puts an emphasis on studio, individual, and collective arts development, to compliment not duplicate the Junction’s provision. It also draws on the recent studies by CCC, which show that demand for a large-scale venue does not currently exist, but scope for a moderate scale venue does (an approximate capacity of up to 300 people).  The Strategy therefore proposes provision of a community facility, similar to Eddington’s Storey’s Field Centre, that is capable of hosting regular music, performing arts, theatre and drama use.

Whilst the Combined Authority is working on a strategic solution for the A10 corridor solution as a whole, the Transport Evidence base for the NEC [PDF] is not dependent on the delivery of major highway works. Only minor changes would be required to the site accesses on Milton Road to accommodate the impacts of redistributed highway traffic.

The trip budget approach is predicated on not loading the highway network with any more vehicular trips, and instead providing a comprehensive package of sustainable connectivity, as set out in the evidence base.

The Combined Authority will determine the most appropriate long term provision for the A10 corridor and associate junctions, but the approach to planning the NEC is based wholly on removing the need to exceed current vehicle movements, through a transformational infrastructure package, and a development mix and design that gives rise to a high level of internalisation (trips that occur exclusively within the AAP boundary).

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