News and updates

LATEST NEWS 21 May 2018: Update on South Cambridgeshire’s Five Year Housing Land Supply

An update has been prepared to provide the latest position on Five Year Housing Land Supply in South Cambridgeshire. On the basis of this update the Council considers that it can demonstrate a five year housing land supply of 5.0 years for the period 2018-2023.

Therefore, from 21 May 2018, for the purposes of making decisions on planning applications the Council’s position is that it can demonstrate a five year housing land supply. As the Council can show that there is enough land readily available for the homes needed over the next five years, planning applications can now be assessed against all of the Council’s local policies as well as those set nationally.

Updated 14 May 2018

This monthly update gives information on:

  • Live planning related consultations in South Cambridgeshire to help you have your say
  • Forthcoming planning related consultations in South Cambridgeshire
  • Other key planning news at local, county and national levels.

Information on any consultations that may affect people living or working in South Cambridgeshire can be viewed on the Council's consultations webpage.

LIVE CONSULTATION NEWS

Consultation: Powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments

On 5 April the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a consultation on Powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments.

The deadline for comments on this consultation is 11.45pm on Friday 15 June 2018.

FORTHCOMING CONSULTATIONS

Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) – Histon Road Consultation 2018

This consultation by GCP is planned to open on 21 May 2018 until 2 July 2018. There will be information about where the exhibitions are to take place and more details about this consultation on the Greater Cambridge Partnership website from 21 May. 

SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE NEWS

Cambridge Local Plan and South Cambridgeshire Local Plan: Main Modifications Consultation

Public consultation on Main Modifications to the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan and Cambridge Local Plan ended on Friday 16 February 2018.

The Inspectors examining the two Local Plans asked that this consultation be carried out on the Main Modifications that they consider may be necessary in order for the plans to be found ‘sound’.

Representations received have now been published, and are available to view on the councils’ websites:

A ‘Statement of Consultation’ has also now been published on the websites, which provides a summary of the representations received.

What happens next?

The representations received have been submitted to the Inspectors undertaking the examination.

The Inspectors will consider all the comments received and will decide whether any further hearings are necessary, or any issues need to be revisited. At the end of the examination process the Inspectors will present their final conclusions in their Reports into the examination of each Local Plan. If the plans are found ‘sound’, with any necessary modifications, they would be able to be adopted by the Councils.

Supplementary Planning Documents

Waterbeach New Town SPD and Bourn Airfield New Village SPD 

In parallel with the final stages in the preparation of the Local Plan, the Council has commissioned ARUP to prepare supplementary planning documents (SPD) for Waterbeach New Town and Bourn Airfield New Village, as agreed by the Planning Portfolio Holder on the 13th December 2016. These will provide further guidance on how the new settlements proposed in the Local Plan should come forward if confirmed by the Inspectors in their final report.

In recognition of the current planning application by Urban and Civic for part of the Waterbeach new town, work is currently focused on the Waterbeach new town SPD. The Planning Portfolio Holder will consider a report in the summer that will recommend a draft SPD for public consultation. Work on a Bourn Airfield SPD will take place if the allocation is confirmed by the Inspectors in their final report in due course.

Neighbourhood Planning News in South Cambridgeshire

News on national support for neighbourhood planning

The government has confirmed its commitment to neighbourhood planning and has allocated over £23m between 2018- 2022 to support the development of neighbourhood plans. There are now over 500 neighbourhood plans across England that have been successful at referendum.

Locality has recently been confirmed as the organisation that will continue to support local communities preparing neighbourhood plans.  They will provide on-line guidance and will administer the grants that are available to assist local communities preparing plans. Locality has created a new website dedicated to neighbourhood planning. This means that some of the links in the guidance notes that are in our on-line Neighbourhood Planning Toolkit  will need to be updated and we intend to amend these soon.  

Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan

Great Abington Parish Council submitted its Neighbourhood Plan for the former Land Settlement Association (LSA) estate to SCDC on 22 February 2018. SCDC has confirmed that the draft Neighbourhood Plan complies with all the relevant statutory requirements.

SCDC carried out a consultation on this Neighbourhood Plan. This consultation closed on Monday 16 April 2018. 

The plan will now be considered by an independent examiner and, if endorsed with or without any changes, can proceed towards a local referendum.

We are currently preparing for the examination.

To view the Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents visit our Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan webpage.

Pampisford Neighbourhood Area Designated

Following the submission of an application by Pampisford Parish Council to have their whole parish considered for designation as a neighbourhood area the Planning Portfolio Holder on 29 March 2018 agreed to designate this area. Each neighbourhood area within the district now has a page on the South Cambs website dedicated to it – the page for Pampisford can be found here.

Housing for older people

In 2017, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People established a special Inquiry to consider recommendations for addressing the needs of older people living in rural areas. 

The fourth of the reports produced as a result of this special inquiry has just been published. Parish Councils preparing neighbourhood plans or thinking in the future whether to do so may be interested to read this recent report called Rural Housing for an Ageing Population.   One of its recommendations is that Local Policies (those in Local and Neighbourhood Plans) should allocate specific sites in their plans for housing for older people.

NATIONAL NEWS

Consultation: Powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments

On 5 April the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a consultation on Powers for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments, which include:

  • trespassing on private land
  • occupying public land, including playing fields and children’s playgrounds
  • damage to property
  • extensive litter and waste
  • the public and private cost of cleaning or protecting unauthorised sites
  • noise and antisocial behaviour
  • abusive and threatening behaviour
  • carrying out development without planning permission

The Government is seeking view on the effectiveness of powers available to local authorities, the police and landowners for dealing with unauthorised development and encampments.

The deadline for comments on this consultation is 11.45pm on Friday 15 June 2018.

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