A428 Development Cluster - Cambourne

A428 Development Cluster - Cambourne

We have been organising community forums for several years. These meetings are to discuss and circulate information regarding the continued development of specific major growth sites. These forums are open to the public and have no voting rights, powers or funding. They are chaired by local, or relevant, Councillors and assisted by senior officers.

Any materials used within the forum, such as presentations, are posted on the webpage for each forum. The forums are also recorded and posted in sections on the webpage.

This forum is held back-to-back with A428 Development Cluster – Bourn Airfield on the same evening so that you can attend one or both forums. Forums will be held between 6pm and 8pm, agendas with estimated timings will be provided around a week prior to each forum so that you can decide when to attend.

Only larger new development in Cambourne, including West Cambourne will be discussed in this forum. It will not consider existing homes, community facilities and green space currently managed by Cambourne Town Council.

West Cambourne is an addition to the original masterplan for Cambourne, approved in 1996 and amended in 2011, which set out a vision of 3 interlinked villages (Lower, Great and Upper Cambourne) - each planned around village greens and connected by a central spine road running East to West. West Cambourne is the fourth westernmost village.

Planning permission was granted for West Cambourne in December 2017, 4 parcels have gained reserved matters approval and building has commenced, and a small number of residents have moved into their new homes. There will be approximately 2350 new homes, and other mixed-use areas for employment, retail, community facilities, leisure facilities, and education, including two new primary schools and the expansion of Cambourne Village College. Outline plans include three vehicular access points including the extension and modification of Sheepfold Lane, a four-arm roundabout provided on A1198/Caxton Bypass and an access point off the A1198 south of the Caxton Gibbet for the second phase of employment land only. There are also plans in place for green open spaces and playing areas.

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Next meeting date: 6 July 2022

Time: 6pm onwards
Format: Online via Zoom
Agenda: To be confirmed

Future meetings

  • 2 November 2022

Aims

  • To provide residents and stakeholders with regular updates regarding major 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 Sustainable Communities and Wellbeing (‘Communities’) teams, Elected Members, developers and other key stakeholders such as Cambridgeshire County Council and Greater Cambridge Partnership.

Scope and purpose

  • The development covered is Cambourne West and other minor strategic sites as decided by the Chair in consultation with Officers, Parish Councils, the Community Advisor/s and attendees.
  • To provide regular, accurate and timely information to residents regarding the above developments.
  • 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 the Cambourne areas.
  • 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 Cllr Tumi Hawkins, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) Lead Cabinet Member for Planning and Vice Chair Cllr Bill Handley, SCDC Lead Cabinet Member for Community Resilience, Health and Wellbeing as needed. 
  • There will be a maximum of 3 ‘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.
  • Stakeholders and people attending a forum will be asked for input into agenda items for future meetings at the previous meeting and via the forum webpage and distribution list.
  • SCDC Planning and Communities officers in consultation with the Chair and the Community Advisor/s will agree the final agenda based on the progress of each specific development and the views expressed by stakeholders and people attending the forum.
  • 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.
  • The forum will follow a Shared Planning Meeting concerning planning issues relevant to the surrounding area of the development concerned, for example transport and education provision.

Communication and publicity

  • A range of measures will be used to communicate to residents about the forums, including local advertising via flyers, a dedicated web page, existing parish publications, email via the distribution list and social media.
  • Where possible and practicable, officers will upload content to SCDC’s website within 10 days of a meeting 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. The Forum will be reviewed after the first three meetings.
  • Agendas will be published no later than 7 days prior to the meeting.

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

Where: Virtual Meeting - Zoom

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

Cllr Bill Handley Introduction:

Stephen Kelly - Planning check in



John Vickery - Introduction to Cambourne Town Council

First Q&A session

James Truett - Update on West Cambourne

Second Q&A Session

Meeting close

Unanswered questions:

What is the plan for GP / medical provision for West Cambourne? Monkfield Medical Practice in Gt Cambourne is not accepting patients who are based in West Cambourne.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG are aware of concerns over GP provision in the West Cambourne area. The Primary Care Team have met with representatives from neighbouring practices to resolve a way forward and in consultation with new residents’ agree a fair allocation of patients moving into Lunar Park (West Cambourne). New residents will shortly receive a communication on the matter via their letter boxes which will also be included as part of the new resident’s information pack.

Related information

The developers Taylor Wimpey and Vistry (previously Bovis Homes) are developing the site. Please see their website for further information:

Taylor Wimpey

Vistry/ Bovis Homes

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