News release from 27/02/2018

Council successful in £130,000 planning bid

A successful bid for £130,000 by South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Department will allow closer working with communities to shape high quality developments, after it was approved by the Government.

The money is being provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as part of the first wave of its Planning Delivery Fund.

The successful bid by the Council sought funding to allow the authority to support some Parish Councils in carrying out character assessments that capture what is unique about their areas. These are designed to help ensure new developments reflect the distinctiveness of their communities. The bid was as a result of feedback from some villages who asked whether more could be done to further boost the quality of new developments in their parishes.

This funding will allow the authority to work more closely with neighbourhood forums and parish councils to encourage even higher quality developments that are tailored to local communities. It will provide more support to enable parishes and neighbourhood forums to assess exactly what makes an area unique, and translate these features into detailed planning applications that set out the look, shape and feel of developments.

Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve secured this additional funding that will provide valuable extra resources within our hardworking planning team, allowing us to work more closely with parishes. This extra money will further help us to provide well connected, high quality new homes that are distinctive to their local communities. It will help to ensure that existing communities have a real say in the growth of South Cambridgeshire, especially when it comes to the look and feel of their villages.”

The funding announcement is available to view on the website here.