Final piece of development consultation jigsaw revealed

6 December 2012

Released on 05 December 2012

The final set of possible sites for employment and new homes in South Cambridgeshire's villages has been revealed today (Wednesday 5 December) ahead of a second round of public consultation in the New Year.

The eleven new sites suggested for up to 2,745 new homes were put forward by developers and parish councils in response to the first Local Plan consultation last summer, when options for supporting up to 30,000 new jobs being created up until 2031 were debated.

Sites suggested by District Council officers for consultation are:
Cambourne - Business Park land (240 homes)
Histon - Former Bishops Hardware Store (10 or more homes)
Sawston - Land at Dales Manor Business Park (60 homes), land north of White Field Way (90 homes), former Marley Tiles site, Dale Manor Business Park (260 homes), land north of Babraham Road (110 homes)
Melbourn - land to the east of New Road (205 homes), orchard and land at East Farm (65 homes)
Comberton - Land at Bennell Farm, West Street (115 homes)
Waterbeach - land north of Bannold Road (90 homes)

Suggestions by parish councils for a more flexible approach to allow more development on the edge of their villages to meet local aspirations will also be consulted on, as well as areas suggested for protection from development, future recreational purposes and open spaces.

Two specific parish council-led proposals suggested for consultation are:
Cottenham - Development of nearly 100 hectares of land north-east of the village for up to 1,500 homes and employment to fund a proposed village bypass.
Histon & Impington - Regeneration of the station area near the Guided Busway for shops and businesses as a 'gateway' to the village - which would include housing on the former Bishops site.

The sites published today will be discussed at a meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council's planning policy and localism portfolio holder, Cllr Pippa Corney, on Thursday 13 December to agree them for consultation. Cllr Corney will also be asked to agree to consult jointly with the City Council on six previously published development sites on the edge of Cambridge, that were put forward following a review of the green belt, and options for a community stadium.

If approved by both councils at their meetings on 13 December, residents in South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge will be asked their views in January about fringe sites on either side of Worts' Causeway for around 480 homes, two sites at Fulbourn Road adjoining the ARM site for employment, with a third for around 75 homes or employment, and land west of Histon Road - to be known as the NIAB 3 site - for an extension of 130 additional homes and employment.

The possible community stadium sites are Trumpington Meadows - which would include 420 new homes, Union Place site north of the A14 between Milton and Histon, land at the NIAB 3 site off Histon Road, Cowley Road, including the former Park & Ride site, north of Newmarket Road, the new town of Northstowe, a possible new town at Waterbeach Barracks and a possible new village at Bourn Airfield.

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council's cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said:

"It was great to see a number of parish councils responding to our consultation last summer with suggestions for how their villages could be developed and by embracing localism we are now looking to test their ideas with all residents. This is a completely new approach, but localism is important and it's only right to test proposals parish councils think could work for their communities. To put together the right development plan for existing and future residents we need to test all viable options and see what the public have to say. Striking the right balance between supporting new jobs with more homes while protecting what makes the area a unique and special place to live and work is key. Most people recognise there is an acute need for more housing to provide homes for future generations, but we all agree they need to be in the right places, and of the highest quality."

The joint public consultation will run from Monday 7 January to Monday 18 February. Responses can be made through both councils' websites - www.scambs.gov.uk and www.cambridge.gov.uk - and consultation events will be announced.

Views from the summer and forthcoming joint consultations will be used by each council to draft its development plans up to 2031. A further consultation will then be carried out next summer and proposals will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for public examination in 2014.

For details of the papers being presented to committee http://scambs.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=1024&MId=5950

Last Updated: 05 December 2012  17:17