News and updates

UPDATED 14 September 2017

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

Neighbourhood Planning Guidance Consultation

South Cambridgeshire District Council is undertaking consultation on draft guidance designed to help local communities decide whether they want to prepare a neighbourhood plan and if they do how to go about it.  Neighbourhood plans are a community-led initiative giving local communities power to prepare a part of the development plan for their parish or group of parishes. As neighbourhood plans carry substantial weight in planning decision making, there are certain steps that must be followed during their preparation. Draft guidance has been prepared to assist local communities and guide them through each stage. The guidance has been prepared as a pack of leaflets covering the key stages in the preparation of a neighbourhood plan and as a web based resource. This consultation invites you to comment on the guidance, whether there is sufficient detail (or too much), and whether there are any other issues which could be included.

The consultation runs from the 18th September to 30th October 2017. 

Cambridge East - North of Cherry Hinton Supplementary Planning Document 

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are consulting on their draft Cambridge East - North of Cherry Hinton SPD. The consultation runs for eight weeks from 7 August 2017 to 2 October 2017.

Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan

Great Abington Parish Council is consulting on its pre-submission Neighbourhood Plan for the Great Abington Former LSA Estate. The consultation runs from 24 July 2017 to 18 September 2017.

SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE NEWS

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan

The final planned hearing sessions have now been held by the Inspector and she has formally closed the hearings.

In terms of next steps, the Inspectors will consider the evidence they received from all participants along with all the modifications that the Council has proposed during the examination process. The Inspectors will consider whether they agree to these modifications and whether other or different modifications are necessary.

It is anticipated that the Inspectors will recommend modifications that they consider likely to be needed to make the Local Plan sound. The Inspector’s Proposed Modifications will be subject to public consultation, which they anticipate will take place in the Autumn 2017. This will allow representations to be made to the Inspectors for their consideration, including at further hearings if they consider this necessary, before they issue their final report. If the Inspectors propose different or additional modifications, the council will be able to respond to the consultation.

Visit the Local Plan webpages for more information on the Local Plan and the examination.

Supplementary Planning Documents

Cambridge East - North of Cherry Hinton SPD

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are consulting on their draft Cambridge East - North of Cherry Hinton SPD.

Land north of Cherry Hinton is allocated for development in the Cambridge East Area Action Plan, and is also proposed to be allocated for residential development in  Policy 12 and Policy SS/3 in the emerging Local Plans for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire (as proposed to be modified).

The consultation runs for eight weeks from 7 August 2017 to 2 October 2017.

Waterbeach New Town SPD and Bourn Airfield New Village SPD

ARUP have been appointed to undertake work on preparing both the Waterbeach New Town and Bourn Airfield New Village SPDs.

Neighbourhood Planning

Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan

Great Abington Parish Council is consulting on its pre-submission Neighbourhood Plan for the Great Abington Former LSA Estate. The consultation runs from 24 July 2017 to 18 September 2017.

NATIONAL NEWS

Raynsford Review of Planning

The Raynsford Review of Planning, launched on 12 June 2017, has been set up to identify how the Government can reform the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still encouraging the production of new homes. It will be informed by a task force chaired by former planning minister Nick Raynsford and will include politicians, housing providers, developers, consultants, academics and the public. Evidence will be collected over an 18-month period (beginning in late June 2017) and formally presented at all major party conferences in autumn 2018.

Housing Infrastructure Fund

The government launched the Housing Infrastructure Fund on 4 July 2017, a government capital grant programme of up to £2.3 billion, which aims to help to deliver up to 100,000 new homes in England.

Government to review planning rules to boost emerging energy storage industry

Upgrading our energy system, a report published on 24 July 2017 by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, sets out proposals to encourage the development of small-scale energy storage facilities for homes and businesses.

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