Northstowe Community Forum

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Northstowe is a new town being built alongside the guided busway in South Cambridgeshire. Based on the site of the former RAF Oakington base and surrounding farmland between Cambridge and Huntingdon, Northstowe will be a sustainable new development that is richly steeped in local history, giving it an identity that is entirely unique and one that promotes health and well-being. 

Northstowe will have 10,000 new homes and an anticipated population of around 26,000 people.

Read more about Northstowe.

The Northstowe Community Forum is a space for local residents to engage with developers and public sector bodies about the new town of Northstowe.

The forum is chaired by the District Council's elected members for Longstanton Ward, Cllr Sarah Cheung Johnson and Cllr Alex Malyon and includes representatives from:

  • South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Greater Cambridge Planning Service
  • Cambridgeshire County Council 

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Next Meeting: 13 July 2022

Time: To be confirmed 
Format: To be confirmed
Agenda: To be confirmed

Future meetings

  • 12 October 2022

If you would like to ask a question or would like a specific topic or theme discussed, please email this request to northstowe.community@scambs.gov.uk

How do I book the Northstowe Community Wing

Please go to the Northstowe community wing web page to book, or see what’s on.

When will the roads and cycle paths in Phase 1 be completed?

The issue is that the construction lorries inevitably clip corners and destroy curb stones – that is why there are so many that are loose in Northstowe.  Because of this it does not make sense to finish the roads to their final surface, as it would only take a few months before they were in need of repair. 

The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Team has investigated different possible routes for the construction traffic, but once lorries enter Northstowe there are 4 separate housebuilders’ compounds as destinations, which means that whatever route they take almost every major road in Northstowe is subject to at least some lorry traffic. 

Individual housebuilders are responsible for their own parcels including roads. 

Roads, cycle ways and footways should all be complete by the end of 2024 (adoption of roads will then be end of 2025, following a 12 months maintenance period).

What is the latest regarding the link road between Phase 1 and Longstanton Park and Ride?

Cambridgeshire County Council has gone out to tender for the link road between Phase1 and Longstanton Park and Ride and is now engaging with potential contractors.

When will the Southern Access road be open?

April 2022

We were requested to make a fee payment before completion of our property which would go towards the first year’s fee but we still received an invoice from Greenbelt.

Once Greenbelt has secured a contract with the relevant house builder any monies the house builder has collected will be passed to Greenbelt and Greenbelt will provide a credit to residents.

When will the Phase 1 Sports Pavilion open?

Planning permission was granted in November 2021. SCDC are currently out to tender and once a builder has been appointed a start date will be negotiated.

When will the Phase 1 local centre open?

AR Urbanism is currently working on a masterplan. SCDC hope to seek planning permission in Q2 2022-2023.

What is the latest on the Civic Hub?

The Civic Hub will provide health, library and community space. Progress has been hampered as key partners have dealt with the pandemic. However consultants have helped draw together a blueprint of requirements for the building and a report is expected shorted. Once approved by elected members further progress can be made.

Any updates on missing post?

The issue of missing post has been escalated to Royal Mail and they are investigating. If you have any missing mail please email cllr.malyon@scambs.gov.uk

Report a Statutory Nuisance

This could be related to anything from noise (loud neighbours, alarm or even originating from the construction site) to ASB and smoke/fumes, light etc.

In this case, please contact the Environmental Health team at SCDC who will record a case and allocate it to a technical officer to start an investigation.

Env.health@scambs.gov.uk

Aims

  • To provide residents and stakeholders with regular updates regarding strategic development sites;
  • To provide an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to share their interests / concerns with relevant council officers, including those from the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service (‘Planning’) and Communications and Communities (‘Communities’) teams, Elected Members, developers and other key stakeholders such as Cambridgeshire County Council and Anglian Water. 

Scope and purpose

  • The development covered by this forum is Northstowe. 
  • To provide regular, accurate and timely information to residents regarding the above development. 
  • To offer an opportunity for residents to raise issues of interest or concern for existing and new communities with a view to enhancing the quality of community life and the environment in Northstowe. 
  • For council officers to share issues raised by residents with relevant parties and report back responses and / or that appropriate action has been taken. 
  • To provide information and signposting on planning and growth matters.
  • To provide an opportunity for developer/s, residents, community groups, elected members and council officers to engage with each other.
  • From time to time, to provide opportunities for residents to be consulted and involved in the planning, co-design and management of associated facilities and services. 
  • The forum does not have decision-making powers and cannot be held accountable for growth and related issues.
  • Minor developments may be covered by this forum from time to time, but the developments listed above will take priority. 

Structure, management and format

  • The forum will be chaired by local ward member, Cllr Sarah Cheung Johnson.
  • There will be a maximum of 4 ‘open to all’ formal meetings a year, where appropriate, and other forms of engagement where necessary.
  • Venues, where appropriate, will be spread around the different catchment area/s for the new development(s) to ensure all residents have an opportunity to attend.  
  • The frequency and format of individual meetings will be determined by senior Planning and Communities officers in consultation with the Chair based on the progress of each specific development and views expressed by stakeholders, including residents.   
  • Meeting dates will be set, wherever possible, on a rolling basis a year in advance.
  • A range of methods will be used to deliver the forum. The most appropriate format will be chosen for the meeting in consultation with attendees and in accordance with the circumstances and government guidance available at the time, that is to say in person forums (which will include drop-ins), virtual meetings or a hybrid of these. For virtual meetings Zoom Webinar will be used. 

Communication and publicity

  • A range of measures will be used to communicate to residents about the forums, including local advertising via flyers, web page, existing parish publications, email and social media. 
  • Where possible and practicable, Council officers will upload content within 10 days of a forum being held.
  • A rolling agenda will be posted online so residents are aware of proposed future topics for discussion.
  • Questions will be posted online so that attendees can see the issues that have been raised and addressed at past meetings.
  • Presentations, notes and recordings of the meetings will be published online. 
  • A distribution list will be developed and maintained based on registered forum attendees and any others wishing to be kept informed. A registration form will be available on the relevant forum’s web page/s. 
  • Surveys and feedback mechanisms will be employed from time to time to ensure forums are meeting residents’ needs and to facilitate continuous improvement. 
  • Agendas will be published no later than 7 days prior to the meeting.  

Lead Officer

 Ellen Bridges – Development Officer  

Valuing diversity

All delegates attending Forum events must undertake to:

  • Treat all people with respect and act in a way which does not discriminate against or exclude anyone
  • Act in a fair and responsible way to all

Collective responsibility 

All people coming to Forum events agree by their presence that they will:

  • Observe the authority of the Chair or facilitator at all times
  • Listen quietly to and respect the views and experiences of other people contributing
  • Agree to and follow the standard of behaviour expected at each event, according to what is happening at that event. (e.g. no interrupting or shouting)
  • Allow others to have equal opportunity and time to share their opinions
  • Not use inflammatory language or behaviour of any kind

If the above values are not met during a meeting or event, the Chair, facilitator or nominated officer may take one or more of the following steps with the objective of restoring order.

Any person making offensive, insulting, threatening, provocative, slanderous or obscene remarks, or who becomes boisterous, or who threatens or harasses any person or property while at a Forum event, will cause the event to be suspended for the shortest period needed to allow order to be restored.

Any person or people causing an event to be interrupted by reason of behaviours identified above, who does so more than once, can be asked to leave the event by the Chair or staff at the event. This can be for a specific length of time to allow the person or people to cool off or for the rest of the meeting or event, depending on the judgement of the Chair or staff present.

Where the Chair believes that:

  • The event has become unmanageable, unnecessarily interrupted, harassed or hindered more than once by the same person or people,
  • There has been behaviour which threatens the safety of him or herself or others present, the Chair may opt to suspend the meeting or event until order is restored or to end the meeting, or event, if they feel that it is appropriate
  • Any person or persons causing through their behaviour, any other individual or individuals present at a Forum event to fear for their personal safety may be subject to immediate removal from the event and/or the event premises

Previous meetings

Q&A and recordings will be uploaded within 2 weeks following each event. Presentations are available on request using the contact email below. 

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Chair's Welcome - Cllr Bill Handley - Over and Willingham

  • Apologies from Cllr Sarah Cheung Johnson
  • Attendees were invited to pose questions via Q&A function

Homes England- Phase 2 and 3 Update - Dean Harris - Senior Planning and Enabling Manager

  • Phase 3a: 4000 homes, 2 primary schools and local centre
  • Phase 3b 1000 homes and 1 primary school. Both phases include 40% affordable homes

Heritage Annex:

  • To be situated next to Northstowe House, Rampton Road
  • New modular design based on reused shipping containers, planning response expected soon
  • Aiming to start on site this spring, open end of this year (subject to planning permission)

Central One

  • To be located next to the secondary college
  • Seek a developer partner this year, apply for planning permission and aiming to start on site end of 2023
  • Market Hall – Independent retail, food and beverage
  • Convenience store - 500 sq meters
  • Aiming for first facilities in Central One be available between 2024-2027
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council are to deliver the civic hub to include provision of library, health and community space
  • Southern Access Road West, targeting end of April for opening

Planning update from Greater Cambridge Planning - Luke Mills, Senior Planner

  • Both Phase 3a and 3b s106 agreements are being finalised
  • Phase 3a 20/02171/OUT
  • Phase 3b 20/02142/OUT
  • Endurance Estates 20/03598/OUT: Separate but connected to Phase 3b – 107 homes and employment use finalising s106 agreement
  • Digital Park – 80 homes S/3854/19/Ol: Separated but connected, pending consideration

Heritage Annex 22/00742/FUL

  • Pending consideration (submitted Feb 2022)
  • Temporary use will expire after 5 years
  • Consultation deadline 1 April 2022
  • Decision to be made 11 April 2022
  • Concerns raised by Residents about cycle paths being blocked by parked cars, causing obstruction and visibility issues
  • Request from Cambridgeshire County Council Highways Officer for all Residents to park in their designated car parking spaces
  • Roadways due to be completed and adopted by Cambridgeshire County Council 2024/2025

Education Campus update - Andrew Daly, Executive Principal, Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust

  • Secondary College – looking at Phase 2 which will include post 16 due to open 2024
  • Working with partners to bring the gym and café forward which will be available for the community
  • Booking system is now live on the website and opening up current facilities at the weekend. Lots of activities including clubs
  • Different rates offered through the booking system – local community groups and clubs gets a reduced rate

Town Council Election, Market update and Jubilee celebration - Mark Nokkert - Town Clerk / Cllr Carla Bros Sabria

  • Elections – 5 May – 15 seats – all seats up for election for a 4 year term
  • Nomination form can be found online [PDF]
  • Has to be handed in on person between 28 March – 5 April (by 4pm)
  • Town Clerk in be in the wing – Thursday 31 March 2022 6.30-7.30pm and Friday 1 April 2022 10-11am, to collect nomination forms to deliver on their behalf
  • Reminder to register to vote – have until Thursday 14 April to register to vote

Market:

  • Looking at establishing a regular market in Northstowe
  • A community wide survey was launched to gather residents views on general interest in a market such as frequency, type of stalls, location. Deadline for surveys 27 March 2022
  • Next steps – prepare proposal and business plan
  • Further preparatory work – further research, liaising with local stakeholders, purchase of equipment etc
  • Aim of having first pilot market Summer 2022

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – Sunday 5 June 2022

  • From noon – in partnership with community groups
  • Bring your own picnic event outside The Community Wing
  • Further updates on Town Council website and facebook page

Council Delivery Update - Adele Gritten - Head of Economic Delivery and Investment / Kate Swann - Project Delivery Officer / Clare Gibbons - Growth Manager

Enterprise Zone- Adele Gritten

  • Informal and formal consultation ongoing as development plans evolve
  • Ensuring community, commercial space and local amenities are developed soonest remains our priority
  • Delivering on a placemaking brief that champions exemplar, green and healthy new town credentials is key

Civic Hub - Kate Swan

  • Will provide health, library and community facilities

  • We’ve commissioned an impressive and thorough piece of work from Civic and we are currently waiting for the final draft of this. The report details extensive consultation that has taken place with health care, library and community organisations with a view to using this as the basis of the next design phase

  • SCDC have appointed project managers to deliver the next phase and will continue to engage all stakeholders in the process

Sports Pavilion - Kate Swan

  • Tender is currently active. Subject to a successful procurement building work could start summer/autumn 2022 and is expected to take 12 months to construct

The Wing - Clare Gibbons

  • The Community Wing at Pathfinder Primary school, which has served as a temporary community facility, will be reclaimed for classrooms towards the end of the summer term, to be fitted out in readiness for the Autumn term, September 2022
  • To provide continuity for services and community groups, South Cambridgeshire District Council is working behind the scenes in conjunction with the County Council and Northstowe Secondary College
  • Looking at a collective solution to meet the needs of users, including storage requirements
  • The District Council have on 23 March 2022 approved acquisition of additional space to supplement that available at the secondary college. South Cambridgeshire District Council will be contacting all users shortly in relation to this
  • As soon as the acquisition process is completed, more information can be shared in the public domain via the Town council and social media

Community Update - Mihaela Stan - Northstowe Community Development Officer / Kathryn Beck - Northstowe Community Development Officer

  • As of 25 February 2022, 1105 homes occupied
  • Northstowe Community celebrating fifth anniversary of first new build occupant- celebratory event scheduled for Saturday 7 May 2022. Invitation to residents to get involved
  • Lots of community groups working well on different inclusive projects
  • SMART Journeys have launched travel survey
  • Community groups all seeking volunteers, various opportunities available such as digital website, admin, walking, cafe and young people. Training, guidance along with associated volunteering wellbeing benefits guaranteed
  • Any queries for any community matters please email us

Question and Answers Session - Panelists

  • Questions raised responded to during the forum
  • Chair's Summary

Prior to forum a question was asked if a bin could be installed by the outdoor gym on Pioneer Park as there is increased littering at the north side of the park as the gym attracts a lot of kids after school that play with the equipment. There are no bins located at the north of the park and the rubbish usually ends up in the ditch. Greenbelt are now liaising with South Cambridgeshire District Council on this. 

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Chair's Welcome - Cllr. Sarah Cheung Johnson, SCDC

Cllr. Sarah Cheung Johnson introducing the panelists

Northstowe Town Council: Our work so far, plans going forward and elections - Richard Owen, Mayor, Northstowe Town Council / Mark Nokkert, Town Clerk, Northstowe Town Council

 

  • First tier of local government 
  • 15 independent councillors 
  • 5 committees: Planning, Personnel, Assets and Asset transfer. Finance and Governance, Events and Markets
  • Next election: 5 May 2022 (for a 4 year period) 
  • Nominations need to be received before the 5 April 2022, the clerk can be contacted for more details of the process by anyone interested in standing for election to the Town Council
  • The Town Council hopes to hold some taster sessions ahead of nominations to help residents decide if they would like to nominate themselves

Greening the Green: Public Spaces and Greening Strategy - Riccardo Bobisse, Urbanist, AR - Urbanism

  • Keen to build on the Healthy New Town priorities, encouraging walking and cycling, by separating pedestrians from vehicles for example
  • It is important the employment zone and the Local Centre are integrated together
  • Maximise the green spaces and reuse water as much as possible 
  • Create biodiversity and by integrating green technologies and ecology in the buildings and public realm, by having green façades, insect and bird boxes etc
  • Currently testing different layouts for the buildings

Question: Who will pay for management of these new public spaces? 

  • Management arrangements for the public realm are to be determined, but the businesses occupying the area would likely contribute to costs, as opposed to  being covered entirely by residents

Phase 1 Update - Stephen Sage, Project Director, L&Q Estates / Tam Parry, Principal Transport Officer, CCC

  • L&Q is still responsible for the maintenance of LEAP (Local equipped area for play) 1 and 2 and the waterpark
  • LEAP 2 remains closed as some amenity grass needs to be reseeded 
  • The majority of the Western Park, local centre and Pioneer Park has been handed over to Greenbelt
  • As part of the handover of Western Park to Greenbelt, L&Q was required to carry out a condition survey of the trees, which highlighted a number of trees which are required to be removed due to being unsafe or dead - these will be replaced
  • LEAP 3 Reserved Matters Application has now been submitted and the Southern Greenway also still needs to be approved
  • Roads, cycle ways and footways should all be complete by the end of 2024

Phase 2 Update - Dean Harris, Senior Specialist, Homes England / Tom Hustler, Community Engagement Manager, Homes England 

  • First residents have moved into the Inholm development (Urban Splash)
  • Housebuilder, Keepmoat to start the next parcel, Fenways in spring 2022
  • Homes England are seeking a development partner for the Central One parcel, to include part of the town centre plus a housing parcel adjacent to the Education Campus
  • B1050 works to last 3 months
  • New access road to open April 2022
  • Phase 2 Waterpark to open April 2022
  • Cricket pitch will be part of the Phase 2 sport offer. Should be open and operational 2026
  • A new Community Engagement Team are now in post, who are keen to work with residents and officers to continue to build the community at Northstowe

Northstowe Community Buildings - Peter Campbell, Head of Housing, SCDC

  • Sports Pavilion - Planning permission was granted in November. SCDC are currently out to tender and once have appointed a builder will negotiate a start date
  • Local Centre – AR Urbanism’s work will result in a masterplan. Hope to seek planning permission in Q2 of the next financial year
  • Civic Hub – The Civic Hub will provide health, library and community space. Progress has been hampered as key partners have dealt with the pandemic. However, consultants have helped draw together a blueprint of requirements for the building and a report is expected shortly. Once approved by elected members further progress can be made

Greenbelt Update - Nick Upton, Greenbelt / Robin Waddell, Greenbelt

  • Site wide Greenbelt currently manage the local centre, Pioneer Park and Western Park (except 3G)
  • Greenbelt also have contracts with 4 house builders, with a further 2 to exchange mid-January and the others will then come later on
  • Some residents may have paid a contribution to their house builder, once Greenbelt has secured a contract with the relevant house builder any monies the house builder has collected will be passed to Greenbelt but this takes time, once Greenbelt have received the money Greenbelt will provide a credit to residents
  • This year the billing period will be 1 November to 31 October

Northstowe ICAN Study - Kate Ellis, Research Associate, University of Cambridge / Emma Lawlor, Research Associate, University of Cambridge

  • STEP – School Travel Environments Project. The aim of this project was to find out how families make decisions about school travel and experience the environment on their way to and from school 
  • 10 families participated with at least one child (8-12) – 13 children in total
  • The children took photos of the obstacles they tackle, the surfaces of the road as well as positive changes to their school route

ICAN  

  • Surveyed 99 residents (out of 450 houses who hadn’t taken up the financial incentives)
  • Aim: To explore whether financial incentives have the potential to influence travel behaviour in Northstowe
  • 1 group had to email for incentives (as is the normal process), 1 group received incentives directly and 1 group received greater incentives directly
  • Incentives included decathlon vouchers, stagecoach vouchers, cycle service, e-bike credit, payment of a contribution to the Greenbelt management charge
  • 15 participants have taken part in zoom/telephone interviews 
  • Researchers will be following up at 3/6 months to see if issuing these incentives has influenced the travel behaviour of participants in the study

Community Update & New Faces - Jon London, Northstowe Community Development Officer, SCDC / Mihaela Stan, Northstowe Community Development Officer Phase 1, SCDC / Kathryn Beck, Northstowe Community Development Officer Phase 2, SCDC / Cllr. Sarah Cheung Johnson, SCDC

  • Jon London, Phase 1 Community Development Officer, thanked the community and gave a summary of the things achieved in Northstowe since he joined in January 2018. Jon is leaving SCDC but Mihaela Stan joins SCDC as the Phase 1 Community Development Officer and Kathryn Beck joins the team as the Phase 2 Community Development Officer
  • From 56 houses in January 2018 there are now 1084 houses occupied (NB: this figure does include Rampton Drift)

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Chair's welcome - Gareth Bell - Communications and Sustainable Communities Service Manager, South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC)

Gareth Bell chaired the forum as Cllr. Sarah Cheung Johnson was unfortunately unavailable.  This evening is the last event to be streamed on Facebook.

The issue of missing post was raised, and the requirements for a new defibrillator and post-box.  Please contact northstowe.community@scambs.gov.uk if you are effected.

Northstowe Travel Plan Steering Group: Smarter Journeys - Prajina Baisyet, Travel Plan Plus Project Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC)

Smarter Journeys have been awarded the Travel Plan coordinator role for Northstowe Phase 2. An E-Car Club will be going live shortly, with a bookable e-vehicle at Longstanton Park & Ride. A bicycle repair station will be installed on The Green by the end of November, with tools available to repair most common issues. Travel benefits are currently paused due to the ICAN Study (See below.)  Dates for bicycle repair sessions will be promoted via Facebook.  Following 3 e-bike thefts a request has been made that the bikes be returned, and the hub codes not shared.

Northstowe Travel Plan Steering Group: Northstowe ICAN Study - Kate Ellis, Research Associate, University of Cambridge / Emma Lawlor, Research Associate, University of Cambridge

 

Northstowe Travel Plan Steering Group: Voi's potential expansion plans update - Mehmet Ahmet, Transport Programme Manager, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

 

Northstowe Travel Plan Steering Group: Stagecoach update - Darren Roe, Interim Managing Director, Stagecoach East

 

Shaping the Green: engagement update - Riccardo Bobisse, AR-Urbanism

 

Piling on Parcel H9 - Alex Szarawarski, Technical Director, David Wilson Homes / Asa Chittock, Development Director, David Wilson Homes

 

Phase 1 update - Stephen Sage, Project Director, L&Q Estates

 

Town centre update - Tim Watts, Senior Design and Development Manager, Homes England

 

Planning update - Andrew Thompson, Principal Planner, Strategic Sites, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning (GCSP) / Will Holloway, Principal Planning Enforcement Officer, GCSP

 

 

Local Plan - Hana Loftus, Engagement and Communications Lead, Strategic Sites, GCSP

 

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The July 14 2021 Northstowe Community Forum was chaired by Councillor Sarah Cheung Johnson and was viewed by approximately 60 people across Zoom & Facebook.

Chair’s welcome: Cllr. Sarah Cheung Johnson, Chair, South Cambridgeshire District Council

 

Cllr Sarah Cheung Johnson, Chair, welcomed everyone and introduced the panellists.

 

Introducing your new County Councillor & Town Council

  • Cllr. Firouz Thompson, Member for Longstanton, Northstowe and Over, Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cllr. Richard Owen, Mayor, Northstowe Town Council

Cllr. Thompson highlights Environment, Sustainability, Biodiversity and The Climate Emergency as top priorities moving forward. Net-zero target being brought forward to 2030.

Cllr. Thompson targets:

  • Between Phase 1 and Phase 2 all cycle paths to be connected, safe cycle paths to be introduced
  • Implement zero single-use plastics in schools and catering
  • Families eligible for free school meals to be given supermarket vouchers during school holidays (Cllr. Thompson highlights 240 families latest figure for 7 councils, but set to rise)

Cllr. Thompson addresses backlog in road maintenance. Contracts being implemented to resolve this as well as flooding issues.

Cllr. Richard Owen, elected Town Mayor of Northstowe as of May, who gives background on Northstowe Town and Council:

  • Northstowe Town Council created in April 2021 following Community Governance Review
  • Represents Northstowe and Rampton Drift as first tier of local government
  • Elections in May – 15 Independent Councillors elected from 20 candidates
  • Representative of community in age, gender, diversity and location – councillors across Northstowe and Rampton Drift
  • One full-time employee – Town Clerk (Mark Nokkert)

 Cllr. Richard Owen highlights Northstowe Town Council Responsibilities:

  • Our first responsibility is to represent your interests!
  • Key Consultee on planning applications (particularly important as plans for town centre and local commercial areas incoming)
  • Set up local events and markets and support community groups
  • Option to take over and manage community assets and buildings
  • Lead sustainability initiatives to protect and enhance open space and biodiversity in Northstowe
  • Town Council works with other councils and organisations to ensure your views are heard (SCDC, CCC, L&Q Homes England, Police, Transport).

Northstowe Town Council is also a member of several cross-community working groups set up to represent our interests:

  • Phase 1 Open Spaces Steering group (SCDC, L&Q, Greenbelt)
  • Northstowe Support Partnership (with CCC, SCDC)
  • Northstowe Youth Partnership
  • Northstowe Faith Strategy Group
  • Northstowe Arts Pavilion Project
  • Heritage Building Steering Group

Contact Town Clerk: townclerk@northstowetowncouncil.gov.uk  

Town Mayor: cllr.owen@northstowetowncouncil.gov.uk

 

Shaping The Green: Local Centre and Employment Zone: Riccardo Bobisse, Urbanist, AR-urbanism

 

 

AR Urbanism were appointed at the end of May by SCDC to provide advice to the Council in the preparation of the planning proposals for the local centre/employment zone.

AR Urbanism’s Main tasks:

  • Agree the vision and develop a strategic brief and masterplan
  • Develop on the design principles and explore high level options for the Enterprise Zone and Local Centre
  • Understand the evidence that has resulted in the recent design principles proposed and to challenge and provide alternative solutions where appropriate that work from a placemaking perspective
  • Review similar case studies and identify lessons learned from previous projects
  • Consult with key stakeholders, residents and consultees to identify significant project issues, mitigations and master programme (currently taking place and more will take place during September)
  • Prepare the outline business case
  • Identify and develop the most appropriate delivery strategy

 

Greenbelt update: Nick Upton, Customer Liaison Officer, Greenbelt

 

Greenbelt are currently managing the Bloor Homes and Barratt Homes parcels. Nick Upton showed a map detailing which exact areas they are maintaining. This has already been shared with residents. Greenbelt will take on the other parcels in due course.

 

Inholm Phase 2B (Age Restricted Housing): Andrew Thompson, Principal Planner, Strategic Sites, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service

 

Originally approved in February 2020 and part of the Urban Splash parcel

  • 60 apartments with a mix of 45 no.1 beds and 15 no.2 beds
  • Each apartment will have a porch where they can sit
  • Designed to meet the National Technical Housing Standards and Lifetime Homes design standard
  • Communal space on the ground floor includes a meeting space and a small kitchen
  • Community courtyard (flipped by 90 degrees)
  • Terrace which will overlook the lakes
  • Walled garden (new addition)
  • 30 car parking spaces (change of location, was previously under the building but now at surface level)
  • Charging posts for 4 electric vehicles
  • Space for 50 bikes or 38 bikes and 6 mobility scooters (change of location)
  • Solar panels on the roofs
  • Bat and bird boxes provision

Will go to planning committee as we are the delivery partner and part of the affordable housing offer.

Why do some flats get gardens and others do not? Most flats will have private amenity space, but it is just dependent on the design aspect. Upper flats will have different amounts to the ground floor. The quality of the space has been part of the discussion.

In part of the submission there are revised statements for ecological and foul water?

Just need to make sure we have the latest supporting documents. Bat and bird boxes will still be installed so making sure the ecology benefits are continued. There have also been new tree planting and the green wall so these will have been factored into the ecology.

Any scope to extend in the future? It is purpose built so not aware of there being any scope to extend in the future.

 

Primary Road & Cycle Path Adoption: Stephen Sage, Project Director, L & Q Estates and Tam Parry, Principal Transport Officer, Cambridgeshire County Council

 

Waterpark: L&Q have been finishing the planting and seeding works. May was extremely wet which delayed this but seeding works have now been completed. Seed has started to germinate. L&Q will open them up as soon as the grass established.

LEAP 1 and LEAP 2 – These will be open as soon as the grass establishes.

Highways – During the last quarter we have completed about 200m of footway on Eagle Way and next quarter (3rd Quarter of this year) we look to complete another 200m.

Grass roundabout on Pathfinder Way: L&Q confirmed this is still under their maintenance. Admitted it currently looks neglected, but they have appointed a new contractor to re-seed the areas which had planting previously.  

Completions on local centre and employment zone are key to being able to complete the main infrastructure works, footways, cycle ways and carriageways along Pathfinder Way, Sterling Road, Wellington Road, Links Lane and Eagle Way.

All four housebuilders anticipate completing building works end of 2023, 2 years ahead of the previous predictions made 18 months ago. This is dependent on the current buoyant housing market but commitment from the housebuilders to achieve this target. Based on this L&Q aim to achieve potential completion at the end of 2024 and then adoption of the roads end of 2025 (following a 12 months maintenance period).

Tam gave an updated on the existing cycling paths which are now open and provided a map as well as mentioned the routes which will be open later in the year and in the future. (map provided in the video).

Cambridgeshire County Council are focused on connecting the path link between Longstanton Park and Ride to the Phase 1 Waterpark and the bus only road (north-south link). The key issue is funding and trying to resolve this.

 

Planning update and questions from the community: Andrew Thompson, Principal Planner, Strategic Sites, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service / Dean Harris, Senior Specialist, Homes England / Stephen Sage from L & Q included the phase 1 planning update in his discussion on cycle paths and primary roads.

 

Occupations: 850 occupations and house market is very buoyant.

A sub-group of the Northstowe Support Partnership has been created to look at building a better sense of place through arts-based projects, identifying local champions and linking with arts organisations such as the Arts Council and Festival Bridge. The first project is to look at how best to utilise the 4 art pavilions recently located at Northstowe Secondary College. Very keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved.

Outdoor Gym is now open at Pioneer Park. A hand sanitiser pump has also been installed.

Table Tennis Tables: The new preferred location, along the Northern Green, is being considered and neighbouring residents will be informed.

Northstowe Community Wing: Community Wing now open for bookings but guidelines such as wearing masks will still be recommended. Jon London is also working from the Community Wing most Wednesdays and Thursdays and residents are most welcome to pop in for a chat.

Pioneer Café: Friends of Wing has now established Pioneer Café every Wednesday 10am-12.30pm.

Foodbank: The Trussell Trust has opened a foodbank at the wing every Wednesday 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Allotments: Working with our preferred supply we now have a technical specification for the drainage solution. We are now going through the pre-application process to ensure it accords with the Phase 1 drainage strategy. 

Community Networkers: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month (excluding forum months) Community Networks meet where different community groups can meet and discuss problems and solutions.

 

Community update: Jon London, Northstowe Community Development Officer, South Cambridgeshire District Council

 

For those with accessibility needs, YouTube has a "captions" feature that can be enabled when the embedded videos are watched on their platform.

Chair's welcome: Gareth Bell - Communications and Sustainable Communities Service Manager, South Cambridgeshire District Council 

 

The April 14 2021 Northstowe Community Forum was chaired by Gareth Bell and was viewed by approximately 90 people across Zoom & Facebook. The Forum started with a minute’s silence in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh, who had sadly passed away.

 

Phase 1 Sports Pavilion Update: Rob Dean - Development Project Manager, South Cambridgeshire District Council

 

A question was raised by a member of the community about medical provision in Northstowe.

 

 

Northstowe Travel Plan Steering Group

The following three items were supplied as a part of the County Council's Northstowe Travel Plan Steering Group.

Northstowe Residential Travel Survey Prajina Baisyet - Travel Plan Plus Project Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council

 

Stagecoach Update Darren Roe: Interim Managing Director, Stagecoach East

 

Voi’s Current Scheme and Potential Expansion Plans Mehmet Ahmet, - Transport Manager, Cambridgeshire Peterborough Combined Authority

 

Local Centre and Enterprise Zone David Ousby - Head of Commercial Development & Investment, SCDC

 

 

Phase 1 Update Stuart Field - Associate Planning Director, L & Q Estates Stephen Sage - Project Director, L & Q Estates

 

 

Phase 2 Update Dean Harris - Senior Specialist, Homes England

 

 

Planning Response Andrew Thompson - Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service

 

 

Northstowe Town Council Rosie Hughes - Interim Town Clerk, Northstowe Town Council

 

 

Community Update Jon London - Northstowe Community Development Officer, South Cambridgeshire District Council

 

At the start of the Community Update Clare Gibbons gave an update on the proposed relocation of the outdoor gym and table tennis tables.

For those with accessibility needs, YouTube has a "captions" feature that can be enabled when the embedded videos are watched on their platform.

Approximately 130 people were involved in the Forum, including presenters and attendees on both the Zoom call and the Facebook livestream.

Chairs’ Welcome - Cllr. Sarah Cheung Johnson

 

 

Interim Town Clerk - Rosie Hughes, Northstowe Town Council

 

Phase 1 Open Spaces - Nick Upton, Greenbelt

 

 

Sports Pavilion - Rob Dean, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Visit our sports pavilion page to find out more

 

Phase 1 Update - Stephen Sage / Stuart Field, L & Q Estates

 

Phase 2b - Craig Jones, Boon Brown Architects / James Whelan, Keepmoat / Nigel Jarvis, Luckenbeck

 

Digital Park - Leslie Gawn, Gawn Associates

 

 

Phase 3 Update - Dean Harris, Homes England / Katja Stille, Tibbalds / Janice Hughes, Arcadis

 

Planning Response - Andrew Thompson, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service

 

Community Update - Jon London, South Cambridgeshire District Council

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