Community governance review of the civil parishes of Babraham and Sawston

Name Community governance review of the civil parishes of Babraham and Sawston
Description At the request of Sawston Parish Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review of the parish boundary between the parishes of  Babraham and Sawston.
Start date 06/01/2021
Closing date 03/03/2021

Background information

At the request of Sawston Parish Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review of the parish boundary between the parishes of  Babraham and Sawston. The Review will consider whether the parish boundary should change following two new developments:

  1. The development north of Babraham Road (called H/1:b) consists of 3.64 hectares and is entirely within the parish of Babraham, abutting existing Sawston properties. Planning permission was granted on 28 August 2019 for 158 homes.
  2. The development H/1:c – South of Babraham Road consists of 11.64 ha and spans the parish boundary of Sawston and Babraham. The Council is anticipating an application for around 260 homes. The site is allocated within the South Cambridgeshire District Plan, 2018.

Sawston Parish Council has proposed an alternation to the Babraham/Sawston parish boundary to incorporate both of these new developments into the parish of Sawston. Please take a look at the map below showing the proposed new boundary and read the Terms of reference before responding to the questions below.

A map showing the new proposed boundary for Babraham / Sawston [JPG]

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Why undertake the review?

The Community Governance Review aims to secure an arrangement which:

  • Reflects the identities and interests of the community in that area
  • Is effective and convenient
  • Takes into account any other arrangements for the purpose of community representation or community engagement.

It ought to result in arrangements which will bring about improved community engagement, better local democracy and result in more effective and convenient delivery of local services.

A Community Governance Review to gain the views of residents gives the District Council an opportunity to put in place strong boundaries, tied to firm ground detail, and remove anomalous parish boundaries.

Local Government Boundary Commission England (LGBCE) guidance states that parish boundaries:

  • should reflect the “no-man’s land” between communities represented by areas of low population or barriers such as rivers, roads or railways;
  • should consider parks and recreation grounds which sometimes provide natural breaks between communities but can equally act as focal points;
  • would be unlikely to straddle a geographical feature or significant infrastructure such as a railway or motor way with no crossing points.

Whichever boundaries are chosen, they will need to be, and be likely to remain, easily identifiable.

Please refer to the map provided [JPG] and Terms of reference which were published on 6 January 2021.

Submissions can be made between 6 January and 3 March 2021 and cannot be accepted thereafter.

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