News and updates

Updated 11th July 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.


Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan – Cottenham Parish Council is carrying out its pre-submission consultation on its neighbourhood plan.

The deadline for comments is 7 August 2018. For more detailed information about this consultation look on the Cottenham Parish Council’s website.


Cambridge Local Plan and South Cambridgeshire Local Plan: Examination update

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. At the end of the examination process the Inspectors will present their final conclusions in their Reports into the examination of each Local Plan.

 Indications are that the Inspectors’ Reports will be received by the Councils around the end of July.  As soon as we receive our report we send out an updated newsletter providing links to the report on our website.

 If the plans are found ‘sound’, with any necessary modifications, they would be able to be adopted by the Councils. The aim would be to adopt by the end of September 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. Our position on 5 year housing supply will come under challenge from developers through the planning appeals process.

Statement of Community Involvement

Each Local Planning Authority (LPA) has a duty to prepare and maintain a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) setting out how they will involve and consult with the public and wider stakeholders in respect of both planning applications and planning policy matters.

 A report will be considered by Cabinet on 26 July 2018 about our SCI as a new regulation that came into force on 1 April 2018 requires all councils to review this document every five years.  This new regulation has implications for both the SCIs for our council and for Cambridge City Council (CCC) as both SCIs need updating.  It is the intention of the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service to prepare a joint SCI and therefore it is timely that regulations have highlighted the need for regular reviews of SCIs.  A report will be brought forward for agreement by both Councils later in 2018 with a revised SCI to cover the Greater Cambridge area as part of taking forward work relating to the preparation of the Joint Local Plan.

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.

Village Design Statements

The Council has secured funding from central government to develop 6-8 Village Design Statements (VDS) working with the local communities.  There was an event to launch this project on 26 June 2018 to which all parish councils were invited. 

If your village is interested in applying to be one of the villages where a VDS is produced you have until 23 July 2018 to complete the expression of interest. For more detailed information please look on the South Cambs website

Neighbourhood Planning News in South Cambridgeshire

Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan

The Great Abington Former Land Settlement Association (LSA) Estate Neighbourhood Plan was submitted for examination on 30 May 2018. The independent examiner appointed to carry out the examination is Andrew Ashcroft.

The Neighbourhood Plan is now being considered by the examiner, and he has asked the District Council and Parish Council a series of clarification questions. Both Councils have responded to the examiner’s questions and their answers have been submitted to him. The Examiners clarification note and the Councils’ responses are published on our website.  . 

If endorsed with or without any changes, the Neighbourhood Plan can proceed towards a local referendum.

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

Update on Neighbourhood Area Designations

The whole of both Sawston and Babraham parishes have now been designated as neighbourhood areas. Both parish councils are keen to start preparing plans for their areas.

This will bring the total number of designated neighbourhood areas in our district up to 17. There is a map on the neighbourhood plan pages of our website that shows the extent of neighbourhood planning in our district.

Fulbourn Parish Council has recently applied to us to have the whole of its parish designated as a neighbourhood area.  This application is currently being processed.

Updated Support Offer for Parish Councils preparing plans

As from 31 July 2018 a new regulation requires all councils to set out in their Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) how they will carry out their duty to assist local communities within their areas who are preparing neighbourhood plans. 

Cabinet will consider a report on 26 July 2018 about our SCI. This will set out how we will fulfil this new regulation.  It is proposed to include our adopted Support Offer to parish councils in an addendum to the SCI.  An updated offer will be in the Cabinet report for members to agree which includes the revised information about Locality and the technical support packages it is now offering to local communities.  We have included information about these new packages in the May and June planning policy monthly updates.

The Cabinet report will also include recommendations to streamline some of the decision making procedures for neighbourhood planning having regard to national regulations. 

Custom and Self build housing

For those parish councils who are preparing a neighbourhood plan or considering whether to do so you may wish to read this article about a case study of a Parish that included custom and self build homes in their neighbourhood plan.  


Uttlesford Local Plan

Uttlesford District Council is carrying out a pre-submission consultation on its Local Plan.  It intends to submit its plan for examination later this year. It includes a proposed North Uttlesford Garden Community to the north east of Great Chesterford and just to the south of the A11. 

The deadline for making comments is 5pm 13 August 2018.  If you wish to do this on-line here is the link to their consultation portal.

South Cambridgeshire District Council will be making representations to Uttlesford DC on their plan.  A report will be considered by our Cabinet on 26 July 2018.

Huntingdonshire Local Plan

The Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036 and its supporting documents were submitted for independent examination to the Secretary of State on 29 March 2018.

The hearing sessions for this examination open on Tuesday 17 July. Further information about the examination is available to view on the Huntingdonshire council website.

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