Views welcomed on Great Abington proposed Neighbourhood Area

10 June 2016

A consultation will be launched on Wednesday 15 June for six weeks to get the opinions of the local community on the area within which a future neighbourhood plan will be prepared.

Great Abington Parish Council has applied to South Cambridgeshire District Council to designate the Great Abington Land Settlement Association Estate as a ‘Neighbourhood Area’. This will mean it can go on to prepare a neighbourhood plan. The plan could help shape the future of the area by including proposals for improvements or specific kinds of development.

The District Council’s consultation is calling on people to give their views on the parish council’s proposed Neighbourhood Area, and to see if any amendments should be made to the proposed boundary, before a decision is made to designate the area.

Parish councils are not required to make Neighbourhood Plans, but those who choose to prepare one can use it to propose additional development on top of the District Council’s Local Plan.

The application by Great Abington Parish Council can be viewed, and comments made, online at www.scambs.gov.uk/content/neighbourhood-areas. The application can also be viewed at South Cambs Hall in Cambourne and comments sent by email to neighbourhood.planning@scambs.gov.uk or in writing to Caroline Hunt, Planning Policy Manager, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday 27 July.

Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “This is the ninth application we have had from parishes in the district who want to develop their own neighbourhood plan and we are very pleased to be able to support them.

“Involving the community is central to neighbourhood planning and the first step is to see if other people think the area the parish council has put forward is the correct one, or if any amendments need to be made to the proposed boundary.”