Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan

Our Counting Officer has decided that the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum for Cottenham, scheduled to take place on Thursday 26 March 2020, should be suspended until further notice. For more information please read our Elections page.

The Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed on Cottenham Parish Council's website.

Current stage

The referendum on the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan was due to take place on 26 March 2020. This was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance published by central government in April 2020 indicates that no neighbourhood plan referendums can take place before May 2021 and the one for the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan will be delayed until this time.

Our decision statement [PDF, 0.3MB] on the receipt of the Examiner’s Report and its decision to proceed to referendum (January 2020), including a statement of satisfaction that the ‘For Referendum’ version of the Neighbourhood Plan meets the Basic Conditions and is legally compliant.

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: Suspended until May 2021
  • Neighbourhood Plan made: n/a

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.

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