News and updates

UPDATED 8 February 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.


Cambridge Local Plan and South Cambridgeshire Local Plan: Main Modifications Consultation: 5 January – 16 February 2018

Public consultation on Main Modifications to the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan and Cambridge Local Plan started 9am on Friday 5 January and will run until 5pm on Friday 16 February 2018.

The Inspectors examining the two Local Plans have 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’. The Inspectors’ final conclusions will be given in their Reports in due course.

The consultation documents and instructions for how to submit comments are available from the councils’ websites:

Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan: Pre Submission Consultation

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is consulting on their Local Plan: Pre-Submission. The consultation includes a proposed new village just to the east of Biggleswade for around 1,500 new homes off Baden Powell Way. Any comments on their plan would be agreed with the Planning Portfolio Holder Councillor Turner. 

The consultation period for the Local Plan: Pre-Submission has started and runs until 22nd February 2018 (5pm).

Bedford Borough Council Draft Local Plan 2035 Consultation

Bedford Borough Council is consulting on their Local Plan 2035. The Plan explains where new development is proposed to meet the borough’s growth needs to 2035. The plan’s strategy identifies growth in village locations, the majority of which will be identified by local communities in neighbourhood plans. This is a formal consultation and objections raised will be considered by an Independent Inspector at a public examination of the plan later in 2018.

The representations period for the Draft Local Plan 2035 consultation has started and runs until 5th March 2018.

Huntingdonshire District Council Local Plan to 2036: Proposed Submission

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) is consulting on the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036: Proposed Submission.

The representations period for the Proposed Submission Local Plan has started and runs until 5th February 2018.

The consultation runs from 13 November 2017 to 29 January 2018.

Foxton Conservation Area – Public Consultation

South Cambridgeshire District Council is carrying out a consultation on the draft Foxton Conservation Area Appraisal. The proposed dates for the consultation are from 15 December 2017 – 9 February 2018.

The Planning Portfolio Holder at his meeting on 11th December 2017 agreed that the draft Foxton Conservation Area Appraisal, which contains the proposed new Conservation Area boundary, be published for formal public consultation running from 15 December 2017 – 9 February 2018.

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning Toolkit and Support Offer from South Cambridgeshire District Council

We have recently updated and reviewed the neighbourhood planning pages on the South Cambs website. There is now a page dedicated to the Neighbourhood Planning Toolkit.  This Toolkit comprises of a set of guidance notes to help parish councils who are preparing neighbourhood plans in the district. It also includes our Standard Support Offer which sets out what advice and assistance we will provide to our local communities to help them with their plan making.

There is also now a section which provides a link to all the neighbourhood plans being prepared in the district.   

The Planning Portfolio Holder at his December meeting agreed to consult with parish councils on two new draft guidance notes which are Writing Planning Policies

    • Strategic Environmental Assessments.

As no comments were received on these guidance notes by the 5 February 2018 deadline they have been formally adopted and added to the Neighbourhood Planning Toolkit..

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 for Waterbeach New Town and Bourn Airfield New Village, as agreed by the Portfolio Holder on the 13th December 2016. 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 and is progressing well, including community engagement, and it is intended to take a report to the Planning Portfolio Holder in early 2018. Work on a Bourn Airfield SPD will follow if the allocation is confirmed by the Inspectors in their final report in due course.


New Planning Fees

Parliamentary approval has been given to legislation that will increase fees by 20 per cent in England and introduce new categories in regard to applications for Permission in Principle. Planning application fee changes took affect on 17 January 2018.

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