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Odour Study

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Matter for discussion


Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council commissioned consultants Odournet to undertake an Odour Impact Assessment, in order to assess the level and risk of odour impact posed by Cambridge Water Recycling Centre (CWRC) to both inform the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan and aid consideration of development proposals. That assessment had been completed.

To accompany the study, a technical note had been prepared jointly with Environmental Health to set out how officers intend to interpret the results of the Odournet Assessment.

Members of the three Committees (Joint Development Control Committee – Cambridge Fringes, Cambridge City Planning Committee and South Cambridgeshire DC Planning Committee) were asked to note both reports.





The Committee received a report from the Senior Planning Policy Officer and the Urban Extensions Project Manager.


Councillor Blencowe said the report had been presented to the Joint Development Control Committee. If land owners wanted to develop their sites before the Area Action Plan was approved, or the Water Recycling Centre moved, the Officer’s report set out assessment criteria for applications to be measured against.


The Urban Extensions Project Manager said an agent representing (affected) land owners had submitted a letter objecting to the report on the morning of committee. Officers would respond to this.


The Committee:


The Committee unanimously resolved to note the findings of the ‘Odour Impact Assessment for Cambridge Water Recycling Centre (2018) (appendix A), and the Technical Note on interpretation of ‘Odour Impact Assessment for Cambridge Water Recycling Centre’ (October 2018) (Appendix B), for the purposes of considering planning applications in the vicinity.

Report author: Stephen Kelly

Publication date: 31/05/2019

Date of decision: 03/04/2019

Decided at meeting: 03/04/2019 - Planning

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