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Bourn Airfield and Cambourne Community Forum

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. The 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.

Forums are held between 6pm and 8pm and agendas with estimated timings are provided around a week prior to each forum, so that you can decide when to attend.

Please email any agenda items you would discussed to south.west@scambs.gov.uk

Any materials used within the forum, such as presentations and the forums themselves are recorded and posted on the dedicated forum webpage.

This forum follows on from the A428 Development Cluster – Bourn Airfield and A428 Development Cluster - Cambourne which were held back-to-back on the same evening on 3 occasions in 2022. You can find recordings of these events on the webpages for each of these forums. After a review of this arrangement, it was agreed that:

  • This forum with a single agenda will commence from the next forum on 28 June 2023.
  • The agenda will be timed and there will be separate items for Bourn Airfield, Cambourne West and other relevant developments in the surrounding area, as well as planning infrastructure and community development/ community governance as needed.

The major sites are covered by this forum are West Cambourne and Bourn Airfield.

Only larger new developments 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.

Cambourne West

Planning permission was granted for West Cambourne in December 2017, 4 parcels have gained reserved matters approval and building has commenced; a small number of residents have moved into their new homes. There will be approximately 2,350 new homes and other mixed-use areas for employment, retail, community facilities, leisure facilities, and education, including 2 new primary schools and the expansion of Cambourne Village College.

Outline plans include 3 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.

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.

Bourn Airfield

Outline planning permission has been sought for Bourn Airfield, a new village of approximately 3,500 homes and other mixed uses including employment, shops, services and leisure opportunities, a hotel, schools and other community facilities. The 210-hectare site is located to the south of the A428, about 11km west of Cambridge City, between Cambourne and Caldecote. It comprises a former World War 2 airfield, adjoining agricultural land and a partially occupied employment site.

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Next meeting date: Wednesday 13 March

Time: To be confirmed
Format: To be confirmed

Previous meetings

Please find the recordings of previous meetings below.

Bourn Airfield and Cambourne

Previous Bourn Airfield and Cambourne recordings can be found below.

Written Update: 18 October 2023: Please email south.west@scambs.gov.uk with any questions or queries.

General Planning Update

On 24 July, the Prime Minister announced a project – described as “Cambridge 2040” aimed at accelerating and increasing levels of growth for Cambridge as part of a wider initiative to realise the full potential of Cities across the UK. The project aims to “supercharge” Cambridge’s growth as Europe’s Science City and “to write the next, expansive, chapter in Cambridge’s story of scientific endeavour.”

Council officers have subsequently engaged with government departments and Peter Freeman, who was appointed by Michael Gove to establish and lead the “Cambridge Delivery Group” (CDG). A working group explicitly to consider the challenges for the regions water supply has met twice so far – to consider solutions for the short-, medium- and long-term water supply issues facing the area. This includes explicitly looking to resolve the position for Bourn Airfield and Waterbeach that have prompted the Environment Agency’s objection. It is not yet clear what specific outputs will be from the CDG process but officers from both Councils are continuing to work with government to try and understand what and when any ambitions by the Secretary of State will be realised.

Levelling up and Regeneration Bill

This important piece of legislation is expected to receive Royal Ascent this autumn. It includes provisions for a new Local Plan format and process – including an expectation that preparation will take just 30 months, alongside provisions for a new infrastructure levy process, community land auctions and refinements aimed at reforming the planning process. Alongside this important new Act, there have also been several consultations on changes to policy and “permitted development” over the summer seeking to support housing delivery and free up the planning process to create new homes from non-residential premises.

Cambridge Water

After some delays to allow for further modelling to be undertaken, Cambridge Water published a revised “Water Resources Management Plan” (WRMP) on 29th September. The plan sets out how Cambridge Water expect to meet the growing water needs for the area. This includes proposals for new water supply in the 2030’s via a connection to Grafham and a new reservoir in the fens. In the meantime, the WMRP proposes several measures including seeking to reduce leakages and behaviour change proposals to reduce demand. The plan is being reviewed by the Environment Agency (who have 10 weeks to respond) before being presented to DEFRA as the body responsible for sign off/approval of the plans across England.

Greater Cambridge Joint Local Plan

The Councils programme identified an expectation for publication of the next iteration of the Greater Cambridge Joint Local Plan this autumn. The delays caused by the WRMP process (see above) which effectively mean that the LPA has not been able to confirm how much of the identified need for homes and jobs can be accommodated within the plan, mean that publication is not now expected to take place before the end of the year. Officers are also seeking to understand the interplay between the Cambridge 2040 project and the plan process. Work on the Joint Local Plan is continuing through the collection of evidence in the meantime.

Statement of Community Involvement

The Council has just published for consultation (18 October), its update to the statement of community involvement. This outlines how the Council seeks to engage with our communities on plan related activity – from Local and Neighbourhood Planning to planning applications. We encourage everyone to share their views on this topic by visiting Statement of Community Involvement page on the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning website.

East West Rail

The East West Rail company have made further contact with the Council to discuss the ongoing project. Recent public engagement events confirm the projects continuation, but no new information has yet been presented on route/design detail. There is therefore no further update on this project.

Bourn Airfield

The issue of water resources is being considered before the decision notice granting planning permission is finalised and issued. The S106 Agreement is at the engrossment stage (the final legal stage) and therefore ready for signing.

Bourn Quarter

Overview: Phase 1 has been complete for over year and is nearing full occupation. Several units in Phase 2 are now occupied and work has commenced on the build of Phases 2 and 3. There have been several applications for minor amendments for Phases 1 and 2, one of which is due for determination in November. Minor amendments approved include changes to window, fencing, service yard arrangements and subsequent alterations to landscaping.

Phase 1 has now been completed for over 12 months; the scheme comprised 15 units of varying sizes. All the units are now either fully occupied by tenants, are being fitted out or, in the case of units 4,5 & 6 , are in the final stages of lease negotiations. Since the last update unit 1, which was the largest available building not let to CDP, has been leased to CRFS Ltd and the terrace of small units numbered 10 A – F have been let to two separate businesses units A & B to Xampla and units C-F to 4 T Medical. There are no outstanding applications for amendments to the phase one units at present.

Phase 2: We are keeping Public Art under review as part of our detailed plans for phase 2. We are also in touch with the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust regarding a memorial stone which we plan to include be in the phase 2 landscaping.

Current applications – Various amendments to Phase 2 are proposed for determination by 28 November. The main change is to subdivide Units 17 and 18, there is no overall increase in floorspace. The maximum roof heights are proposed to be amended, some increased slightly, and some reduced slightly, so that most units will be 12.20 metres high and 2 units at 11.60 metres high. Other proposed changes include additional electricity substations, condenser units, 2 additional loading doors, additional windows, and amendments to landscaping. The application is available for view and comment on the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning website under the reference 23/03305/S73.

Cambourne West

As of the end of September 2023 we have 157 private occupations on West Cambourne and 37 occupations of housing association homes.

Following the approval of a hedgerow removal in August which, the footpath connecting the Swansley Crescent area (parcels 1.1 and 1.2) with the existing bridleway running north-south to the West of Lower Cambourne, is now open will enable pedestrian access to the schools and to the rest of Cambourne.

As advised at the last forum, Parcels 1.5 and 2.1 have been granted planning permission which means a total of 985 homes has been approved for this development.


Welcome Pack for Cambourne West (new)

A Welcome Pack for new residents of Cambourne West has been created by Cambourne Town Council and is available on their website. Printed copies will soon be available from the Hub and the Sales Office – if you need a hard copy now – please contact Cambourne Town Council on 01954 714 403


New residents: GP registration

Monkfield Medical Practice welcome requests for registration from patients living in or moving to Great, Upper and Lower Cambourne. You will be registered with one of the GP’s, but you can see any of the doctors in the practice. Registering is easy – the process depends of whether you have your NHS card:

If you have your NHS card – simply sign it, fill in your new Cambourne address and telephone number (landline and mobile) and send the card to us or bring it into the surgery. Please complete and return a new patient questionnaire for each adult and a child registration form for each child.

If you don’t have your NHS card – come into the surgery and fill in an NHS registration form and new patient questionnaire or child registration forms or pre-register by using the online forms below.

For further information see the new patients page on the Monkfield Medical Practice website.


Cambourne Business Park – Residential - SCIP

The planning application reference 23/00123/FUL for development by the SCIP at Cambourne Business Park was presented to the SCDC Planning Committee on 11 October but deferred following the submission of technical representations from a business use which occupies a neighbouring building within the Business Park. The recommendation of a deferral was made to enable the Local Planning Authority to fully review additional technical information in respect of noise, vibration, and electromagnetic radiation. Officers from the LPA are meeting with the representatives of the neighbouring business and considering the technical information submitted. The application is expected to be returned to the committee soon once the additional information has been fully considered.

Education - Cambridgeshire County Council

Secondary: Cambourne Village College (VC) has reached capacity in Year 7, but has spaces in other year groups. The Council works closely with the Cam Academy Trust, which runs both Cambourne VC and Comberton VC and the schools, to manage admissions across the local area.

It is possible that if children move into Cambourne in Year 7, then they may have to be found places at other local schools; however, if the number of children increased sufficiently, the Council would work with the school and Academy Trust to create an additional class. The Council has handed over Block 1 of the new extension to the school (2 large Art classes and 4 Geography classes), so the school should have the physical space to do this, but there are other considerations such as the financial viability of the school’s class organisation and the recruitment of staff.

The whole extension is scheduled to be handed over in May so should be in use from September 2024. This will provide 2,000 secondary and sixth form places. The current roll is around 1,360, therefore from September 2024, there should be sufficient secondary places for the near future. However, the school, in consultation with the Council and Academy Trust, will manage the increase so that it is viable in educational and financial terms and does not impact on neighbouring schools.


Primary: The reception intake in September 2023 was around 190 compared to 285 places available across the four schools. This reflects the lower number of annual births in Cambourne in recent years.

Some concerns were raised at the beginning of term about a few children from Cambourne having to attend the Hardwick campus of Hardwick and Cambourne Primary School in Year 5 and 6 (Age 9+ and 10+). However this is because of the way that the school organises its classes and gives a more efficient class structure, rather than a lack of physical capacity.

Transport

A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet: National Highways: Pre works start at the end of October – details provided via Update Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Main construction will begin towards the end of the year or early 2024.

East West Rail – see planning update at the beginning of this document
Cambourne to Cambridge – Greater Cambridge Partnership are currently preparing an application for a Transport Works Order. You can find more information on their Cambourne to Cambridge: latest

A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet: National Highways: Pre works start at the end of October – details provided via Update Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Main construction will begin towards the end of the year or early 2024.

Please find the recording of the previous meeting below.

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

Please use the below timestamps to navigate the video to agenda items.

0:00 - Welcome & introductions

03:36 - Planning Update, Stephen Kelly

10:22 - Questions

13:20 - East West Rail Update, Jonathan Cornwell

25:20 - Questions

42:06 - Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport Update, Jo Baker

49:53 - Questions

1:02:43 - Meeting close

Please find below a video presentation from National Highways on the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet update.

Bourn Airfield

Previous Bourn Airfield recordings can be found below.

Where: This forum was held virtually over 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.

Please see below timestamps for the above video, which you can use to navigate agenda items.

0:00 - Welcome and introduction, Gareth Bell

05:25 - Planning Update, Stephen Kelly

13:00 - Cambourne West Update, James Truett

18:00 - Q&A session

23:50 - SCIP Planning Application Update, Aaron Coe

30:03 - Q&A session

33:17 - Bourn Quarter, Chris Mills and Harry Aitchison

40:06 - Forum review, Louise Lord

46:20 - Discussion/Q&A

50:37 - Meeting close

Where: This forum was held virtually over 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.

Please see below time stamps for the above video, which you can use to navigate agenda items:

0:00 - Welcome

03:40 - Planning Round Up

10:26 - Local Plan Update

19:06 - Transport Round Up

24:20 - Q&A

45:50 - Update Cambourne West

50:27 - Update Cambourne Village College

54:40 Update SCIP

1:02:05 - Q&A

1:22:22 - Update Bourn Quarter

1:36:33 - Q&A

1:40:13 - Presentation Bourn Parish Council

1:43:48 - Q&A

1:52:00 - Meeting close

Please find follow up responses to queries arising from the November 2022 Forums including links to GP registration process for new Cambourne West residents. [PDF, 0.1MB]

A428 Development Cluster Community Forums: General Update

1. Please find link to current Greater Cambridge Planning Teams: update in progress to be provided as soon as possible. Please see contact details for planning officers for each site below.

2. Please find link to Planning Compliance section of Greater Cambridge Planning website including complaints form.

A428 Development Cluster Community Forums: Cambourne

3. Plan of access routes (vehicular/ pedestrian/ cycle) as referred to by Stephen Kelly – please email south.west@scambs.gov.uk and request this document is sent to you as we are unable to share on our website.

4. Request for information on GP registration for new residents.

5. Planning Officer: James Truett - James.Truett@greatercambridgeplanning.org, Ganesh Gnanamorthy - ganesh.gnanamoorthy@greatercambridgeplanning.org

A428 Development Cluster Community Forums: Bourn

6. Please find written update regarding Bourn Airfield New Village: there is nothing significant to update on at the moment. The S106 Agreement is still being progressed, so the decision notice has not yet been issued. We expect to provide further information at the next Forum.

7. Planning Officer: Kate Poyser - kate.poyser@greatercambridgeplanning.org

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.

This forum was held back to back with A428 Development Cluster - Bourn Airfield Forum as follows: Session 1. A428 Development Cluster - Cambourne Forum, Session 2. Travel and Transport Sessions 3. A428 Development Cluster - Bourn Airfield Forum Forum. Session 2 and 3 are available below. For Session 1 and 2 see this link here.

Cllr Dr Tumi Hawkins - Transport Introduction

Jez Tuttle - Transport Overview

Emma Wood - Highways update

Jo Baker - Update on Cambridge to Cambourne 

Gail Buckland - East West Rail Update

Transport Q&A Session and Meeting Close

Cllr Dr Tumi Hawkins - Bourn Introduction

Kate Poyser - Bourn Update

Q&A Session and Meeting Close

Unanswered Questions:

With the bus service along the top of Bourn airfield adjacent to the a428 bridging in the opposite direction to the east west rail alignment, how will this work?

GCP liaises regularly with East West Rail but at present there is no preferred alignment for East West Rail and no certainty that this will be the final alignment. The intention is to submit a Transport and Works Act application for C2C within the next 6 months. It is likely that the timescale for East West Rail, should a northern alignment proceed, will be much longer, and East West Rail will then need to develop an alignment which crosses not just C2C but also the A428.

Are there plans to ensure the road network meets the recent changes to the Highway Code and the Road User Hierarchy - in particular avoiding the danger of cyclists undertaking equestrians? Why are the road crossings and paths restricted to pedestrians and cyclists - why not full non-motorised user routes?  I would be pleased to discuss this outside this forum.

Where C2C meets highways the junctions will need to be designed to meet the requirement of road safety audits. Other matters have been discussed with the British Horse Society at programme level.

What provision is planned for NHS dentists, there is a serious lack in the area!

NHS England – East of England is aware and understand the difficulty people are having trying to see an NHS dentist for routine and urgent care. There is a lot of work being undertaken to improve this, which includes training and recruiting more dentists. 

Primary care dental services are returning to usual contractual arrangements from 1 July 2022.  This will enable more routine patients to be seen.     

Due to the nature of certain clinical dental procedures there is still a national requirement for enhanced infection protection control measures in dental surgeries despite the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in general society. Many dental procedures generate an aerosol (a water vapour) when drills are used for commonly performed treatments such as scaling, fillings, root fillings and crowns and so enhanced infection protection is needed after these procedures are carried out in dental surgeries. These additional measures result in fewer patients being able to be seen and so dental practices need to manage their surgery time differently to operate safety. 

This, combined with a lack of dentists, has led to increased waiting lists to access NHS dentists and with the COVID-19 related requirements to dental practices has resulted in reduced access for non-urgent NHS dental care.  

NHS England is working closely with dental practices to reduce waiting times for patients. Most helpfully, the number of patients that an NHS dentist is allowed to see and treat each day is now increasing as infection control requirements change to reflect the latest COVID-19 infection and transmission rates.  

Patients can approach any NHS dental practice and request care; however, it is important to note that many NHS dental practices now have a waiting list of patients who require dental care. 

Dental practices are independent providers who hold a contract to provide NHS dental services.  Dental providers manage their own practice including capacity and determine whether they are able to accept additional/new patients and therefore their lists can open and close on a frequent basis. 

If a patient believes that their condition is deteriorating into an urgent problem or changing, they should contact NHS 111, who will be able to direct them to a dentist who does have capacity to see patients who need urgent care. 

NHS dental practices have been asked to maintain a short notice cancellation list and contact patients if capacity becomes available within their appointment books and so maintaining regular contact with local NHS dental practices will facilitate those practices to utilise their surgery capacity to the maximum. In addition, NHS dental practices have been asked to regularly update their NHS UK website profiles to ensure that it accurately reflects their capacity to see patients. 

Automatic registration with an NHS dentist has not existed since 2006. Many practices have maintained a list of NHS patients they offer to recall but no registration or maintaining an NHS patient list is an actual requirement of an NHS dentist. 

Where: Virtual Meeting - Zoom

Note: For increased accessibility, 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 

Kate Poyser - Introduction to Bourn Airfield

First Q&A session

Clare Gibbons - Introduction to community governance reviews and new development

Second Q&A session

Meeting close

Unanswered Questions:

The land at the top of Highfields Caldecote has no legal precedent. Why has it been included on the map?

It is assumed this refers to the field next to Highfields Road and near the roundabout with St Neots Road. This area is part of the Strategic Site as shown in the South Cambridgeshire Adopted Local Plan(2018) and Bourn Airfield New Village Supplementary Planning Document (2019). In the planning application, it is proposed to be used as open space with paths, ponds, informal recreation, allotments and community orchard.

Is the work on the Broadway that’s being done at the moment by Power Networks related to Bourn Airfield?

Power Networks are creating a connection from Bourn sub-station to Bourn Quarter – the new commercial development on the former Gestamp manufacturing site at Bourn Airfield. This work is part of Phase 1 which is due for completion in April 2022. See the developers website for more information about Bourn Quarter as well as the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning portal (Use reference 20/02568/FUL).

We have traffic counts wires across the roads - in the village (Hardwick) at the moment. Is this part of the before and after monitoring process? Are these counts being done by Highways?

These counts are not being done by Highways. Countryside advise that as part of the process for implementing the S278 Works (the approvals process for Highways Works) Countryside have through, their sub-consultants, installed Automatic Traffic Count’s to record vehicle speeds and volumes. These are used for the purpose of supporting the highway design.

Additional information:

Community Governance Reviews and New Communities: We need to take into account a range of eventualities when planning for new communities, including the emergence, in a later stage of the development, of a new community governance arrangement, such as town or parish council, if that should be the eventual outcome of a Community Governance Review at that later stage. Unless altered by a Community Governance Review, the existing parish boundaries remain in place and the existing parish councils are elected by all of the electors in that area, to serve the interests of all residents in their area. You can read more about Community Governance Reviews on our website.

S106 Agreements and Parish Councils: Although Parish Councils are frequently invited to share their views on proposed development, including any likely impact on pre-existing communities, unless the mitigations identified would require the parish council concerned to have direct responsibility for those measures referred to in the s106 agreement (such as taking on land management responsibilities, or receiving significant funding) they would not be a signatory to that agreement. 

Cambourne

Previous Cambourne recordings can be found below.

Where: This forum was held virtually over 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.

Please see below timestamps for the above video, which you can use to navigate agenda items.

0:00 - Welcome and introduction, Gareth Bell

05:25 - Planning Update, Stephen Kelly

13:00 - Cambourne West Update, James Truett

18:00 - Q&A session

23:50 - SCIP Planning Application Update, Aaron Coe

30:03 - Q&A session

33:17 - Bourn Quarter, Chris Mills and Harry Aitchison

40:06 - Forum review, Louise Lord

46:20 - Discussion/Q&A

50:37 - Meeting close

Where: This forum was held virtually over 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.

Please see below time stamps for the above video, which you can use to navigate agenda items:

0:00 - Welcome

03:40 - Planning Round Up

10:26 - Local Plan Update

19:06 - Transport Round Up

24:20 - Q&A

45:50 - Update Cambourne West

50:27 - Update Cambourne Village College

54:40 Update SCIP

1:02:05 - Q&A

1:22:22 - Update Bourn Quarter

1:36:33 - Q&A

1:40:13 - Presentation Bourn Parish Council

1:43:48 - Q&A

1:52:00 - Meeting close

Please find follow up responses to queries arising from the November 2022 Forums including links to GP registration process for new Cambourne West residents. [PDF, 0.1MB]

A428 Development Cluster Community Forums: General Update

1. Please find link to current Greater Cambridge Planning Teams: update in progress to be provided as soon as possible. Please see contact details for planning officers for each site below.

2. Please find link to Planning Compliance section of Greater Cambridge Planning website including complaints form.

A428 Development Cluster Community Forums: Cambourne

3. Plan of access routes (vehicular/ pedestrian/ cycle) as referred to by Stephen Kelly – please email south.west@scambs.gov.uk and request this document is sent to you as we are unable to share on our website.

4. Request for information on GP registration for new residents.

5. Planning Officer: James Truett - James.Truett@greatercambridgeplanning.org, Ganesh Gnanamoorthy - ganesh.gnanamoorthy@greatercambridgeplanning.org

A428 Development Cluster Community Forums: Bourn

6. Please find written update regarding Bourn Airfield New Village: there is nothing significant to update on at the moment. The S106 Agreement is still being progressed, so the decision notice has not yet been issued. We expect to provide further information at the next Forum.

7. Planning Officer: Kate Poyser - kate.poyser@greatercambridgeplanning.org

Where: Virtual meeting held over 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.

This forum was held back to back with A428 Development Cluster - Bourn Airfield Forum as follows: Session 1. A428 Development Cluster - Cambourne Forum, Session 2. Travel and Transport, Session 3. A428 Development Cluster - Bourn Airfield Forum Forum. Session 1 and 2 are available below. 

Cllr Dr Tumi Hawkins Introduction:

Stephanie Moffatt - Cambourne West Site Update

Lucy Macleod - NHS Update

Q&A Session and Meeting Close

Cllr Dr Tumi Hawkins - Transport Introduction

Jez Tuttle - Transport Overview

Emma Wood - Highways Update

Jo Baker - Update on Cambridge to Cambourne 

Gail Buckland - East West Rail Update

Transport Q&A Session and Meeting Close

Unanswered Questions:

With the bus service along the top of Bourn airfield adjacent to the a428 bridging in the opposite direction to the East West Rail alignment, how will this work?

GCP liaises regularly with East West Rail but at present there is no preferred alignment for East West Rail and no certainty that this will be the final alignment. The intention is to submit a Transport and Works Act application for C2C within the next 6 months. It is likely that the timescale for East West Rail, should a northern alignment proceed, will be much longer, and East West Rail will then need to develop an alignment which crosses not just C2C but also the A428.

Are there plans to ensure the road network meets the recent changes to the Highway Code and the Road User Hierarchy - in particular avoiding the danger of cyclists undertaking equestrians? Why are the road crossings and paths restricted to pedestrians and cyclists - why not full non-motorised user routes?  I would be pleased to discuss this outside this forum.

Where C2C meets highways the junctions will need to be designed to meet the requirement of road safety audits. Other matters have been discussed with the British Horse Society at programme level.

What provision is planned for NHS dentists, there is a serious lack in the area!

NHS England – East of England is aware and understand the difficulty people are having trying to see an NHS dentist for routine and urgent care. There is a lot of work being undertaken to improve this, which includes training and recruiting more dentists. 

Primary care dental services are returning to usual contractual arrangements from 1 July 2022.  This will enable more routine patients to be seen.     

Due to the nature of certain clinical dental procedures there is still a national requirement for enhanced infection protection control measures in dental surgeries despite the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in general society. Many dental procedures generate an aerosol (a water vapour) when drills are used for commonly performed treatments such as scaling, fillings, root fillings and crowns and so enhanced infection protection is needed after these procedures are carried out in dental surgeries. These additional measures result in fewer patients being able to be seen and so dental practices need to manage their surgery time differently to operate safety. 

This, combined with a lack of dentists, has led to increased waiting lists to access NHS dentists and with the COVID-19 related requirements to dental practices has resulted in reduced access for non-urgent NHS dental care.  

NHS England is working closely with dental practices to reduce waiting times for patients. Most helpfully, the number of patients that an NHS dentist is allowed to see and treat each day is now increasing as infection control requirements change to reflect the latest COVID-19 infection and transmission rates.  

Patients can approach any NHS dental practice and request care; however, it is important to note that many NHS dental practices now have a waiting list of patients who require dental care. 

Dental practices are independent providers who hold a contract to provide NHS dental services. Dental providers manage their own practice including capacity and determine whether they are able to accept additional/new patients and therefore their lists can open and close on a frequent basis. 

If a patient believes that their condition is deteriorating into an urgent problem or changing, they should contact NHS 111, who will be able to direct them to a dentist who does have capacity to see patients who need urgent care. 

NHS dental practices have been asked to maintain a short notice cancellation list and contact patients if capacity becomes available within their appointment books and so maintaining regular contact with local NHS dental practices will facilitate those practices to utilise their surgery capacity to the maximum. In addition, NHS dental practices have been asked to regularly update their NHS UK website profiles to ensure that it accurately reflects their capacity to see patients. 

Automatic registration with an NHS dentist has not existed since 2006. Many practices have maintained a list of NHS patients they offer to recall but no registration or maintaining an NHS patient list is an actual requirement of an NHS dentist.  

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.