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Transport Strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire
The County carried out a consultation on the Transport Strategy and they are currently analysing the feedback and will be publishing the results shortly.
Wind Turbine proposals to be seen by communities first
An announcement was made by Government on 16 November 2013 about wind turbines Onshore wind farm developers will be required to carry out pre-application consultations with local communities for most schemes according to new legislation drawn up by the Department for Communities and Local Government and due to be published shortly.
Ministers have made it clear that this new requirement will cover all projects involving more than two turbines and any proposal for a turbine more than 15 metres in height. These measures will come into force before the end of the year.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: "Ensuring communities have a greater say at an early stage allows developers to consider much earlier whether to pursue a proposal and what changes they should consider before putting forward formal plans."
"Our changes allow people's views and other impacts to be taken into consideration much earlier".
Details of the new regime will be set out in the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure and Section 62A Applications (England) (Amendment) Order 2013.
National Infrastructure Plan 2013
The Government has published the National Infrastructure Plan 2013 on 4 December which brings together analysis of the UK’s infrastructure needs across different sectors now and in the future. This plan includes confirmation that there will be no tolling on the planned A14 scheme between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
The plan states ‘……there will be no tolling on the planned A14 scheme between Cambridge and Huntingdon, construction of which is planned to start in 2016, which is one of the government’s Top 40 priority investments; it has listened to concerns from local residents and businesses who rely on this road and, following a consultation, has decided to take forward a scheme which does not include a tolling element.’
The plan explains the rationale for having the A14 as a key priority investment -
‘This project is deemed to be a priority investment in its own right because of its scale (the capital value of the project is around £1.5 billion) and because of its significant strategic value through its links to other priority investments. The importance of the A14 trunk road as a link between Britain and continental Europe is set to grow as the east coast Haven ports at Ipswich, Harwich and Felixstowe expand, bringing further growth to the region. Major developments, such as the new 10,000- home village at Northstowe, the Alconbury Enterprise Zone, and expansion on the northern and eastern fringes of Cambridge, all depend on an improved A14.’
The Government will publish a report on the options for the A14 consultation before the end of the year. Over 1,000 responses were received during this consultation. The preferred route will be announced early next year. A statutory consultation under the Planning Act 2008 will take place in the first half of 2014. The start of works is anticipated to be in 2016. The plan states ‘Funding: Public with contributions from local enterprise partnership’.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, in his Autumn Statement 2013 mentioned the Greater Cambridge Area –
2.34 Greater Cambridge Gain Share – The government is committed to delivering with Greater Cambridge their proposals on Gain Share – a payment by results mechanism whereby the local area will be able to keep a larger proportion of the proceeds of economic growth generated in, and around, the city of Cambridge. This recognises the growth potential that exists in Greater Cambridge and will drive economic growth and accelerate transport and housing infrastructure by unlocking over £1 billion of investment. The government will announce details on how this proposal will work alongside Budget 2014. Further information on City Deals will be announced in due course.
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