Environment Agency hits out at 1,000-home Barratt scheme’s ‘unsustainable’ pressures on water


Councillors on Monday rejected the 1,000-home application, but planning inspector will have final say

The Environment Agency told councillors that the water supply demand created by the Darwin Green development in Cambridge poses a significant risk of deterioration to water bodies in the Greater Cambridgeshire area.

James Bax, Water Resources Programme Manager at the Environment Agency said that the increased abstraction of water required to serve Barratt Homes’ proposed development, as well as other proposed developments in the area, will exceed environmental limits until sustainable water solutions can be found.

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