News and updates

Last updated 1 July 2019

This monthly update covers the Greater Cambridge area. This is because the planning departments for South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) and Cambridge City Council (CCC) have been combined to form the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service.

This update gives information on:

  • Live planning related consultations in Greater Cambridge, comprising South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge, to help you have your say.
  • Forthcoming planning related consultations in Greater Cambridge.
  • Other key planning news at local, county and national levels.

Information on any consultations that may affect people living or working in Greater Cambridge can be viewed on the SCDC consultations webpage and / or the CCC consultations webpage as relevant to the consultation concerned.

CURRENT CONSULTATIONS

Bourn Airfield New Village Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The newly adopted South Cambridgeshire Local Plan includes an allocation for a new village on Bourn Airfield. It was agreed at Cabinet on 5 June to carry out a public consultation on the SPD. This consultation began on 17 June. For Further information see the Greater Cambridge section of this update.

Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan – Submission Consultation

South Cambridgeshire District Council is carrying out a six-week consultation on the submission draft of the Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan. This consultation began on 19 June and ends on 31 July at 5pm. For more information on this consultation see the neighbourhood plan section of this update.

Deadline for comments is 5pm on 31 July 2019.

Histon & Impington Village Design Guide SPD draft

A draft Village Design Guide SPD for Histon & Impington is being consulted on currently alongside the Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan.

Deadline for comments is 5pm on 31 July 2019.

Whittlesford Parkway Transport Masterplan

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has launched a consultation on proposals to improve access to and from Whittlesford Parkway station, particularly by sustainable transport, and to improve the area around the station. For more information look in the Greater Cambridge section of this update.

Deadline for comments is 9am on Monday 22 July 2019.

Greater Cambridge Greenways project

GCP is carrying out a consultation on the preferred routes for two Greenway projects within South Cambridgeshire – Sawston and Melbourn. For more information look in the Greater Cambridge section of this update.

To find out how to make comments on the Sawston Greenway please look on the Sawston page of the GCP website and for the Melbourn Greenway on the Melbourn page of the GCP website.

Deadline for comments is 5 August 2019.

A428 Preferred Route Consultation

Highways England (HE) is carrying out a consultation on plans to improve journeys between Milton Keynes and Cambridge with a new 10 mile dual carriageway between the Black Cat and Caxton Gibbet roundabouts.

Deadline for comments is midnight on Sunday 28 July 2019.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Local Transport Plan

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has prepared a draft Local Transport Plan which they are now consulting upon. For further information on this consultation see the Regional section of this update.

Deadline for comments is Friday 27 September 2019.

GREATER CAMBRIDGE SHARED PLANNING NEWS

New Joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan

Call for sites consultation

South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council are starting preparation of a new joint Local Plan in 2019, as set out in the joint adopted Greater Cambridge Local Development Scheme.

In February and March 2019 we carried out a ‘call for sites’, allowing people to suggest potential sites or broad locations for development. We have received a wide range of housing and employment sites, in a variety of scales and locations across the district. These ranged from small sites in villages to freestanding new communities. All the sites will be tested for their suitability, and sites considered as options for inclusion in the new local plan will be subject to consultation as the Local Plan is developed.

It will be some months before we can register all of the sites submitted and make them publicly available to view on our interactive online consultation system. This is partly due to the number of sites submitted and because we also consulted on the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan at the same time (on Issues and Options).

If we have any queries on your submissions we will let you know as soon as we can and allow time for any necessary additional information to be submitted.

We will include details of our progress in this monthly update.

Greater Cambridge Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation

It is proposed to carry out public consultation on Issues and Options for the new joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan in the autumn 2019. We will keep you informed of the progress of the new Local Plan via this monthly update and on both the South Cambridgeshire District Council's website and on the Cambridge City Council's website.

Bourn Airfield New Village Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan (adopted in September 2018) allocates land south of the A428 at Bourn Airfield for a new village of approximately 3,500 dwellings, together with associated community facilities and infrastructure improvements (Policy SS/7).

Policy SS/7 commits the Council to prepare a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to provide further guidance and detail on how the new village will be prepared and delivered.

The site represents an opportunity to deliver an example of excellence in sustainable development and healthy living, which will make a significant contribution to our long-term development needs. The draft Bourn Airfield New Village SPD provides additional details and guidance relating to comprehensive development and delivery of the new village and the creation of a successful place.

The draft Bourn Airfield New Village SPD was approved for public consultation at the meeting of Cabinet on 5 June.

Deadline for comments is 5pm Monday 29 July 2019.

You can view the draft SPD and other supporting information on our website.

Public exhibitions will be held at the following locations, when officers will be on hand to answer questions:

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JULY

Wednesday 3

Caldecote Village Hall, Furlong Way, Highfields Caldecote, CB23 7ZH

3.00-7.30pm

Wednesday 10

Sheltered Housing Communal Building, Hall Close, Bourn, CB23 2SN

3.00-7.30pm

Key elements of the exhibition will then be continually on display until the end of the consultation period at the Council’s offices in Cambourne.

Statement of Community Involvement

In February and March 2019 we carried out a six week consultation on a joint Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for Greater Cambridge which sets out how the councils will engage the public in the planning process.

The comments received during the consultation are being considered and will be reported to members. A report will be going to Cabinet at SCDC on 1 July 2019 and to the Cambridge Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee on 25 June recommending the adoption of the SCI.

More information appears on the South Cambridgeshire District Council website and the Cambridge City Council website

Village Design Guide Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)

A Village Design Guide SPD for Histon & Impington is being consulted on currently alongside the Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan.

Deadline for comments is 31 July 2019.

South Cambridgeshire District Council carried out a six-week consultation on six village design guides for Caldecote, Fulbourn, Gamlingay, Over, Papworth Everard, Sawston and Swavesey. This consultation ended on 31 May 2019.

These VDG SPDs have been prepared in collaboration with the village communities, under a pilot initiative funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)'s Design Quality Fund. The aim is to provide locally specific design guidance that raises the quality of new development in the villages that sustains and enhances a distinctive sense of place.

GREATER CAMBRIDGE PARNERSHIP NEWS

Whittlesford Parkway Transport Masterplan

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has launched a consultation on proposals to improve access to and from Whittlesford Parkway station, particularly by sustainable transport, and to improve the area around the station. The Masterplan identifies a short list of 33 measures that need to be put in place over the coming years to improve access to and from the station for everyone.

To find out more information about the masterplan and how to comment look on the GCP website

There are two consultation events in July at Whittlesford Parkway station, Station Road, Whittlesford CB22 4NL:

  • 2 July 2019      7.30am-9am  
  • 9 July 2019      5pm-6.30pm  

Deadline for comments is 9am on Monday 22 July 2019.

Greater Cambridge Greenways project

GCP is creating a Greenway network that connects local villages with the city which will open routes making travelling sustainably a far more attractive option and encourage modal shift out of the motor vehicle. To reduce peak time motor traffic, commuters require viable alternatives to travel into the City. The Greenway network will act as part of a wider strategy in providing this.

GCP is carrying out a consultation on the preferred routes for two Greenway projects within South Cambridgeshire – Sawston and Melbourn.

The Sawston Greenway provides a new cycling and walking link connection Sawston – Stapleford- Great Shelford – the Cambridge Biomedical Campus – Cambridge.

There are drop in sessions to find out more information at the following venues:

·         Addenbrookes concourse, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ on 16 July from 11am -1pm

·         Spicers Sport Pavilion Sawston, CB22 3DG on 23 July from 6-8pm

To find out how to make comments on the Sawston Greenway please look on the Sawston page of the GCP website

The Melbourn Greenway provides a link connecting Royston – Melbourn – Harston – Cambridge.

There are drop in sessions to find out more information at the following venues:

·         Melbourn Hub, 30 High Street, Melbourn SG8 6DZ on 11 July from 6.30 -8.30pm;

·         Harston Village Hall, Harston CB22 7PX on 25 July from 6-8pm

To find out how to make comments on the Melbourn Greenway please look on the Melbourn page of the GCP website.

The deadline for comments on these consultations is 5 August 2019.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING NEWS IN SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Great Abington former Land Settlement Association Estate Neighbourhood Plan

The Gt Abington Neighbourhood Plan was made (adopted) in February 2019 and it has just been relied upon by a Planning Inspector in the dismissal of an appeal for the development of 15 homes at Strawberry Farm, Great Abington. The first time that the policies in a Neighbourhood Plan have played such a decisive role in planning application decision making in South Cambridgeshire.

Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan

Histon & Impington Parish Council submitted its draft Neighbourhood Plan to South Cambridgeshire District Council on 3 June 2019.

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

Comments can be submitted to SCDC until 5pm on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

There are several ways that you can comment – you can find these on the Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan webpage on our website alongside the latest news of this Plan.

Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan

Cottenham Parish Council submitted a draft Neighbourhood Plan for Cottenham to SCDC on 15 January 2019. SCDC carried out a six week consultation on the draft plan ending on 25 March 2019. You can view the consultation documents and all the responses online using the interactive online consultation system.

SCDC appointed an independent examiner, Andrew Ashcroft, who is now carrying out the examination of the Plan. He has provided us with a route map of how he intends to run the examination.

The examiner sent us in May a clarification note with questions to help him understand the Plan better and where appropriate recommend modifications to the Plan. The responses from both the parish council and our council are included on the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan website.

If successful through examination the Plan will proceed towards a referendum. The Plan is available to view on SCDC’s Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan webpage.

Foxton Neighbourhood Plan – pre-submission consultation

Foxton Parish Council carried out a six-week consultation on its pre-submission draft Neighbourhood Plan. This consultation ended on 26 June 2019.

Foxton Parish Council is considering now all the comments made and deciding whether to amend their plan before submitting it to South Cambridgeshire District Council for a further six weeks of consultation before the Plan is examined.

REGIONAL NEWS

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Local Transport Plan

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has prepared a draft Local Transport Plan which they are now consulting upon.

The deadline for comments is Friday 27 September 2019.

There are several different ways of providing feedback to the plan including an online questionnaire.

If you wish to find out more information about the plan there are links to all the relevant documents and how to comment on the Combined Authority’s website.

There is a frequently asked questions section which provides a good introduction to the plan.

Within our area there are consultation events taking place:

  • Cambourne, Sat 06 Jul, Cambourne Library
  • Cambridge, Thu 11 Jul, 1pm-6pm, Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard
  • Cottenham, Thu 18 Jul, 3pm-7.30pm, Cottenham Community Centre Coffee Shop
  • Cambridge, Wed 24 Jul, 2pm-7pm, Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard 
  • Cambridge, Sat 14 Sep, 10am-3pm, Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard

SCDC and Cambridge City are responding to this consultation. It will be considered at the Cambridge Planning & Transport Scrutiny Committee on 16 July, and the South Cambridgeshire Scrutiny and Overview committee 16 August and Cabinet 4 September 2019.

A428 detailed alignment consultation

Highways England (HE) is carrying out a consultation on plans to improve journeys between Milton Keynes and Cambridge with a new 10 mile dual carriageway between the Black Cat and Caxton Gibbet roundabouts. HE also wants views on a number of new and improved junctions along the route.

The Council has already responded to the consultation on Route Options (Spring 2017), expressing a preference for the Orange Route, now the Preferred Route (with some minor revisions). Following the announcement of a preferred route, this consultation asks for views on the detailed alignment, junction designs, enhanced routes for non-motorised vehicles and plans for environmental mitigation. A consultation booklet explains more about what is proposed and how to give them your views. Hard copies of the consultation documents are available in the reception at South Cambridgeshire Hall.

As a statutory consultee, the Council will be providing a response to this consultation. A discussion took place at Cabinet on 1st July 2019.

Although some events have already taken place there are still ones to be carried out where you will be able to find out more about the proposals. The exhibitions in our area are as follows:

  • Thursday 11 July 2019 12 noon to 8pm – Yelling Village Hall, High Street, St Neots, PE19 6SB
  • Monday 15 July 2019 12 noon to 8pm – Doubletree by Hilton, Cambourne, Cambridge Belfry, Back Lane, Cambourne, CB23 6BW 

There are also pop up events advertised on the HE consultation page including one in Papworth on Friday 12 July 2019.

The consultation on the A428 preferred route consultation deadline is midnight on Sunday 28 July 2019.

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