Communities urged to have their say on modifications to Local Plans for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire

2 December 2015

Communities urged to have their say on modifications to Local Plans for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire

A public consultation on small changes to plans that will deliver thousands of new jobs and homes in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire up to 2031 has begun with communities being urged to have their say.

The fresh consultation follows extra work being commissioned by Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils after Government inspectors suspended their examinations and questioned if more than the 33,000 homes put forward in Local Plans were needed to meet local needs, and whether the strategy of focussing the majority of additional homes in new towns and villages was sound.

Although the additional work backed the bulk of the plans put forward by the two councils – including the strategy to deliver growth through new towns and villages and protecting the green belt – independent experts have said that 33,500 homes would be needed by 2031 to meet local needs – just 500 more than originally put forward.

Councillors are encouraging communities to have their say on the modified plans by going online or attending one of a roadshow of events.

The main changes being suggested include:

  • providing for 500 additional homes in South Cambridgeshire by 2031
  • releasing a field south of land that has already been allocated to expand the Cambridge Biomedical Campus by around 10%. Subject to public consultation and final work to assess the site
  • removing the restrictions on when the new town north of Waterbeach and new village at Bourn Airfield could begin
  • more land that is earmarked for housing near to Cambridge Airport is now proposed to be developed. The proposals could see 1,200 homes built north of Cherry Hinton and toward Teversham. This would not affect the airport’s operations
  • reducing the land made available for employment next to ARM off Cherry Hinton Road

To have your say on the modifications to the plans visit www.scambs.gov.uk/localplanmods-dec2015 or www.cambridge.gov.uk/proposed-modification-consultation

Events are also being held on:

  • Tuesday 15 December 2015, 9am to 6pm. The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ.
  • Tuesday 15 December 2015, 3pm to 7.30pm. South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA.
  • Thursday 17 December, 2.30pm to 8pm. In the large hall at Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colville Road, CB1 9EJ.
  • Thursday 7 January 2016, 3pm to 7.30pm. South Cambridgeshire Hall,      Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA.
  • Friday 8 January 2016, 3pm to 7.30pm. The Scout and Guide HQ, Wollards Lane, Great Shelford, CB22 5AZ.
  • Monday 11 January 2016, 9am to 6pm. The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ.
  • Tuesday 12 January 2016, 3pm to 7.30pm. Baptist Chapel Hall, High Street, Teversham, CB1 9AS.

Councillors at both South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council agreed the consultation at Full Council meetings last night (Monday 30 November).

The joint consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 25 January.

Following the consultation, the two Councils will assess the feedback and consider any further amendments before submitting modifications to Government planning inspectors by the end of March. They will then be able to recommence their examination.

Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Cambridge City Council’s Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport, said: “Although the additional work undertaken by the two Councils confirms that the Local Plans’ development strategies remain the right ones for Greater Cambridge we really want to hear from people on the changes being put forward. It is quick and easy to go online and have your say, but our teams will also be available at the events around the area.”

Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “The independent work carried out has provided us with the additional evidence needed to address the questions from the Government inspectors. We now want to know what local people think before we submit anything to Government. It is important for people to remember that the consultation we will be running is on the changes being proposed, not the whole of the two Local Plans the Councils have put forward.”

In the Local Plans submitted to Government last year, 44,000 new jobs and 33,000 new homes in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire by 2031 were put forward. The number of homes is suggested to increase to 33,500.

To view the reports presented to councillors visit:

South Cambridgeshire District Council http://scambs.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=1059&MId=6670

Cambridge City Council http://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=184&MId=2946&Ver=4

Full summary of proposed modifications

Cambridge City Council Local Plan:

  • Changes to reflect the Memorandum of Understanding between the Councils (September 2014) for a joint housing trajectory for the Greater Cambridge area recognising the inter-relationship between the areas and phasing of delivery of housing
  • Changes to policies relating to the amount of development planned to come forward at Cambridge East (North of Cherry Hinton) – 1,200 homes of which 780 homes are in Cambridge
  • Changes to policies relating to climate change, specifically housing construction and related sustainable development standards in the light of amendments to national government policy
  • Changes to affordable housing policies and residential space standards to reflect changes in national government policy

 

South Cambridgeshire District Council Local Plan:

  • Amendment of the housing requirement from 19,000 new homes to 19,500 homes for the plan period 2011-2031 to reflect latest independent assessment of objectively assessed housing need
  • Changes to reflect the earlier Memorandum of Understanding between the Councils (September 2014) for a joint housing trajectory for the Greater Cambridge area recognising the inter-relationship between the areas and phasing of delivery of housing
  • Providing flexibility in the start date of delivery at new settlements
  • Amending policies relating to the amount of development planned to come forward at Cambridge East (North of Cherry Hinton) – 1,200 homes of which 420 homes are in South Cambridgeshire
  • Identification of a provisional extension to Cambridge Biomedical Campus, to reflect latest independent Green Belt assessment, subject to further investigation of surface water flooding issues
  • Reduction in the size of the employment site adjacent to Peterhouse Technology Park, Fulbourn Road, Cambridge, to reflect latest independent Green Belt assessment
  • Changes to policies relating to climate change, specifically in relation to water efficiency, renewable energy and at the Fen Drayton Land Settlement Association site, the way in which the sustainability credentials of new homes will be judged. This is in the light of amendments to national government policy
  • Changes to housing policies to make provision for starter homes and self build to reflect changes in national government policy

 

Summary of main areas homes were proposed in the two Local Plans submitted to Government in March 2014:

Cambridge City

Cambridge Southern Fringe:

  • Clay Farm site: 2,165 homes and associated uses
  • Trumpington Meadows site: 558 homes and associated uses
  • Glebe Farm site: 317 homes
  • Bell School site: 270 homes
  • Addenbrooke’s site: New clinical and research development

NIAB site: 1,780 homes and associated uses

North West Cambridge site: 1,850 homes, student units, academic and research development and associated uses

Land north and south of Worts’ Causeway: 430 dwellings

Land north of Cherry Hinton: 350 homes and associated uses

The remaining 6,000 homes would be on sites within the urban area of Cambridge, including 550 at Clifton Road

 

South Cambridgeshire

Larger strategic sites:

  • North of Waterbeach (new town) – 8,000-9,000 homes, 1,400 of which by 2031.
  • Bourn airfield new village – 3,500 homes, 1,700 of which by 2031.
  • Cambourne West – 1,200 homes, all by 2031.

 Edge of Cambridge:

  • Near ARM, Fulbourn Road – a small area of employment land as an extension to Peterhouse Technology Park (along with 2 other small areas in City Council’s area).
  • Cambridge Northern Fringe East/proposed Cambridge Science Park Station area – redevelopment following joint area action plan being developed (SCDC and City Council).

 

Cambridge Airport site:

Airport itself not planned for development during the plan period. Held in reserve for possible development after 2031 if it becomes available (SCDC and City Council).

Two parts of the original Cambridge East site coming forward as planned;

  • Marshall’s Wing development north of Newmarket road – 1,200 homes (SCDC), and
  • North of Cherry Hinton for 110 homes

Smaller local sites:

  • A total of around 900 homes proposed to be split over the villages of Comberton, Gamlingay, Histon & Impington, Melbourn, Sawston and Willingham

 Parish council led proposals:

  • Great and Little Abington Parish Councils: 53 homes on three small sites
  • Graveley Parish Council: six homes on Toseland Road

The sites listed are in addition to the 14,000 homes already committed to in locations such as the edge of Cambridge and the planned new town of Northstowe.