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Anglian Water is one of the largest water companies in the UK, supplying water and water recycling services to more than six million people in the East of England.
All water companies require robust population and property forecasts to support their planning processes. Underpinned by Local Plan housing growth evidence, these forecasts provide the intelligence to inform the development of the water and waste-water asset infrastructure, ensuring a reliable water supply to meet future demand, whilst accommodating increases in flow and loads to the networks.
To inform the development of its Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP), Anglian Water commissioned Edge Analytics to collect Local Plan housing growth evidence from each of the local authorities covered by its Water Recycling Region.
To provide the housing growth data required by Anglian Water, Edge Analytics obtained the latest available Local Plan information from the relevant local authority websites, recording: the status of the Plan; the Local Plan time-period; housing growth targets; and any underpinning trajectory or phasing of the housing growth.
Additionally, Edge Analytics contacted Planning Officers within the relevant Councils to confirm details published online, to obtain information not currently in the public domain, and to source additional housing growth data, particularly digital GIS information relating to planned site developments.
The output delivered to Anglian Water included all relevant Local Plan documentation and associated data, together with summary information drawn from this evidence. Detailed housing growth site data were also provided in Microsoft Excel and GIS formats, providing Anglian Water with microlevel housing growth detail to inform its wastewater asset management and growth strategies.