Northstowe Community Forum

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

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Next meeting: 12 January 2022

The next Forum will be held either in person at the Northstowe Community Wing or on Zoom from 7-9pm.  If the meeting is in person we may also include a 6pm-7pm drop in session.

If you would like to ask a question please email Jon.London@scambs.gov.uk before 10 January. Questions may be asked during the event via Zoom.

Future Forum dates are 12 January 2022, 23 March 2022 (with Travel Plan Steering Group), 13 July 2022 and 12 October 2022 (Travel Plan Steering Group). No future Forums will appear on Facebook. The format of the Forums will either be in-person or on Zoom.

Terms of reference

Code of Conduct [PDF, 0.1MB]

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

Previous meetings

If you would like the minutes and presentations from previous meetings, please email northstowe.community@scambs.gov.uk.

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

 

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 and Stephen Sage from L & Q included the phase 1 planning update in his discussion on cycle paths and primary roads.

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

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.

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

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

The 7 October Northstowe Community Forum was held online via Facebook Northstowe Community. The full unedited live stream is still available to view.

The meeting was chaired by Councillor Sarah Cheung Johnson and watched live by around 50 people.

Chair's Welcome

Councillor Sarah Cheung Johnson

Travel Plan Steering Group Meeting

SmartJourney Update - Prajina Baisyet, Cambridge County Council
Stagecoach Service - Garry Nicholass, Stagecoach
Train Services - Alan Neville, Greater Anglia

Supporting New Communities

Kathryn Beck, BPHA

Phase 1 Building and Planning Updates

Stuart Field & Stephen Sage, L & Q Estates
James Tipping, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service

Phase 2 and 3 Planning B

Andrew Thompson, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service

Community Buildings

Peter Campbell, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Travel Study

Kate Ellis, University of Cambridge

Community Governance Review

Ellen Bridges, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Stewardship

Emily Jones, Homes England

Community Update

Jon London, South Cambridgeshire District Council

The 1 July Northstowe Community Forum was held online via Facebook Northstowe Community. The full unedited live stream is still available to view.

The meeting was chaired by Councillor Sarah Cheung Johnson and watched live by around 50 people.

Chair's Welcome - Councillor Sarah Cheung Johnson

Phase 1 Community Buildings Governance - Liz Davy South Cambridgeshire District Council & Rachel Fowler Strategic Leisure

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

Further questions were asked later in the Forum

Phase 3 video update

Further information on Phase 3 applications

Phase 3 Q & A

With representatives from Homes England & Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service.

Community Governance Review Update - Clare Gibbons, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Land west of Station Road - Peter McKeown, Carter Jonas

Northstowe Community eBikes - Sean Moroney, Cambridge Electric Transport

Community Update - Jon London, South Cambridgeshire District Council

 

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