Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan

Current stage

The Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan [PDF, 7MB] was made on 20 May 2021 after a successful referendum which took place on 6 May 2021.

The Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan as made now forms part of the development plan for South Cambridgeshire.  All planning decisions in the neighbourhood area will need to be made in accordance with the development plan that now includes the Neighbourhood Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

This neighbourhood plan was examined in 2019.  Approval was given by South Cambridgeshire District Council on 12 February 2020 for it to proceed to referendum.  A referendum date was set but had to be cancelled due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Changes in government regulations meant that the plan could not proceed to referendum until 6 May 2021 therefore information in the neighbourhood plan may have been superseded and will require updating when the plan is reviewed. 

Key dates

  • Neighbourhood area designated by us: 17 November 2015
  • Pre-submission public consultation (Regulation 14): 19 June until 7 August 2018
  • Neighbourhood Plan submitted to us: 15 January 2019
  • Submission public consultation (Regulation 16): 11 February until 25 March 2019
  • Neighbourhood Plan sent for examination: 18 April 2019
  • Examiner's Report on Neighbourhood Plan received: 10 December 2019
  • Referendum: 6 May 2021
  • Neighbourhood Plan made: 20 May 2021

Neighbourhood area designated

On 17 November 2015 the Planning Portfolio Holder designated the Cottenham neighbourhood area.

Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Determination Statement

We have prepared a Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Determination Statement for the draft Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan along with Cottenham Parish Council:

Pre-submission public consultation (Regulation 14)

Cottenham Parish Council carried out consultation on its pre-submission Neighbourhood Plan between 19 June and 7 August 2018.

Submission Public Consultation (Regulation 16)

Cottenham Parish Council submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to us on 15 January 2019, along with its supporting documents. We have confirmed that the Neighbourhood Plan complies [PDF, 0.2MB] with all the relevant statutory requirements.

We sought your views on the Neighbourhood Plan before it is to be considered by an examiner and can proceed towards a referendum.

The consultation ran from Monday 11 February until Monday 25 March 2019.

You will be able to view all the comments that were submitted on the neighbourhood plan once they have been registered using our online consultation system.

Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents:

Examination (Regulation 17)

The Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan was submitted for examination on the 18 April 2019. The independent examiner appointed to Carry out the examination is Andrew Ashcroft. The Examiner’s Report [PDF, 1.5MB] was received on 10 December 2019.

Referendum

The referendum for Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan took place on 6 May 2021.

The following documents are those specified in the Referendum Information Statement [PDF, 0.7MB].

Making of the Neighbourhood Plan

The Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan was made on 20 May 2021.  The Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan as made now forms part of the development plan for South Cambridgeshire.  All planning decisions in the neighbourhood area will need to be made in accordance with the development plan that now includes the Neighbourhood Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan (made 20 May 2021) [PDF, 7MB]

Made (adopted) Decision Statement (20 May 2021) [PDF, 0.2MB]

Decision Report Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan (10 May 2021)

Appendix 1 Referendum Version of Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan [PDF, 2.5MB]

Appendix 2 Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions [PDF, 0.2MB]

Council report considering the 'making' (adoption) of the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan (20 May 2021)  [PDF, 0.1MB]

Appendix 2 Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions check [DOCX, 73Kb]

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