Sites for jobs and homes on edge of Cambridge recommended for consultation

6 December 2012

Released on 30 November 2012

Six sites that could be suitable for employment and new housing on the edge of Cambridge have been recommended for public consultation by councillors today (Friday 30 November).

Residents will be asked their views in January about 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 sites were put forward following a review of the green belt and assessments of issues including transport, drainage and utilities.

Suggested sites for the edge of the City follow a first round of public consultation by Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils asking for views on the main issues being debated for their areas, and options for both councils to provide homes and infrastructure to support up to 50,000 new jobs being created up to 2031.

Concerns were raised to both Councils during the first round of consultation about developing extensively on the green belt around Cambridge, but the sites agreed for consultation means it is unlikely the broad locations consulted on during the summer will proceed any further.

Councillors from Cambridge City, Cambridgeshire County and South Cambridgeshire District Councils have also recommended that the public be consulted on nine sites for a possible community stadium following the meeting of The Joint Strategic Transport and Spatial Planning Group.

The possible community stadium sites are:

  • Trumpington Meadows - which would include 420 new homes
  • The 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
  • A possible new village at Bourn airfield

The sites on the edge of the City, and any further issues specific to Cambridge or South Cambridgeshire will be included in reports to be agreed by each council at their meetings on Thursday 13 December before the joint consultation begins in January.

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

"Everyone is passionate about making sure the right balance is struck between supporting new jobs being created while protecting what makes the area a unique and special place to live and work. We know everyone has different opinions, and that is exactly why it is so important for residents, businesses and parish councils all take part in the next phase of consultation as they did in the summer. It is the feedback we receive that will help inform any final decisions. It is very clear there is an acute need for more housing to provide homes for future generations, but they need to be in the right places, and of the highest quality."

Cllr Tim Bick, Cambridge City Council's Leader said:

"I welcome that these options will now go out for public consultation. Although the level of growth of the city's footprint being envisaged here is much lower than is already happening from previous decisions, it's now vital we turn with urgency to the transport challenge. Everyday experience today, plus already approved development, plus this potential additional development really underscores the priority for a comprehensive transport plan into and within the city. We look forward to working with South Cambridgeshire and the County Council to see that it is forthcoming."

The joint public consultation will run from Monday 7 January to Friday 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 Local Plan. A further consultation will then be carried out next summer and proposals will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for public examination in 2014.

Last Updated: 30 November 2012  17:29