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Fens Reservoir

Anglian Water and Cambridge Water are proposing a new reservoir in the Fens.

The developers have said the large-scale investment is intended to secure water supply to Fenland residents for future generations. And will offer a wide range of leisure, environmental and economic benefits to the local community.

The proposed location is north of Chatteris, near Doddington and Wimblington.

Various public consultations are scheduled.

Subject to the consultation and planning process, construction of the reservoir could begin in 2029, with plans for it to open to the public between 2039 and 2041.

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Planning process and timeline

This reservoir qualifies as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

The applicants must follow the procedures set out in the Planning Act 2008 which provides the framework for how major projects are developed and consented.

They will apply to the Planning Inspectorate, which acts on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), for permission to build the reservoir.

The application will be considered by the Planning Inspectorate during an 'examination', likely to last six months. After examination, the Planning Inspectorate will issue a recommendation to the Secretary of State who will then make a final decision as to whether the project is consented.

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The community has an important role in influencing the reservoir plan.

During this pre-application phase, consultation is taking place with local people, affected landowners and stakeholders.

If permission for the reservoir is granted it'll be done via a Development Consent Order (DCO). The DCO would also grant powers to compulsorily purchase land and property required for the project.

More information on the consultation process and project can be found on the Fens Reservoir website.

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