News and updates

Last updated 1 August 2019

This monthly update covers the Greater Cambridge area. 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 which serve this area.

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.


Draft Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction (SPD)

Proposals to help make new housing developments as green as possible have been published by South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council – and local people are being encouraged to have their say.

The draft guide to sustainable design and construction will, when adopted, give developers a clear steer on what is expected of them to reduce the environmental impact of developments. This includes setting out the need to minimise carbon emissions, flood risks, pollution and pressure on water sources. This is all aimed at helping to ensure any development enhances the natural environment, leaving it in a better condition than before it took place.

Planning applications received since the current South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge Local Plans were adopted last year need to include sufficient detail to demonstrate how developers intend to meet the sustainability policy requirements.

To support developers in providing this level of detail, the draft Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been prepared. It will provide additional technical guidance, practical advice and examples of best practice, to demonstrate what planning officers will expect to see included in new applications.

Local people, businesses and interested groups are being encouraged to comment on the draft SPD until 5pm on Monday 23 September 2019 through the online consultation system.

As well as being available online, the draft SPD as well as supporting documents will be available for people to view in the following locations throughout the consultation period from 9.00am to 5.15pm, Monday to Friday, at:

  • South Cambridgeshire Hall in Cambourne
  • Mandela House in Cambridge

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.


New Joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan

Next steps

Over the last few weeks we have been hosting workshops for different groups including parish councils and residents associations to start thinking about what the next joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan will include. There were some lively discussions at these sessions and thank you for those people who contributed. . For those who were not able to attend these sessions there is a   which gives a taster of the events.

We are proposing to carry out public consultation on Issues and Options for the new joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan in the autumn 2019 so there will be an opportunity for everyone who is interested in the Greater Cambridge area to have their say in shaping the future of this area.  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.

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.

We are beginning to register all the sites submitted to us. It will be some months before we can 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.

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.

The consultation ended on Monday 29 July 2019. We are busy registering the comments received and these will be available soon to view on our website.

Making space for people Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Cambridge City Council alongside the Greater Cambridge Partnership are currently developing the Making Space for People supplementary planning document (SPD). The purpose of the SPD will be to prioritise the delivery of improvements to key public streets and spaces in Central Cambridge and to improve the walking and cycling network.

At the Cambridge City Council Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee on the 16 July 2019, it was agreed that the council will consult on the Making Space for People: Vision, Principles & Strategies document. The document forms part of an interim step in the production of the SPD. It forms the basis for public consultation on an emerging vision for Central Cambridge, and the principles and strategies which will underpin the future SPD. The consultation period will take place between Monday 2 September and Monday 14 October 2019. Further information on the consultation will be set out at on the making space for people webpage over the coming weeks.


Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan

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

We carried out a six-week consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan which closed on 31 July. We have sent all the comments received to this consultation to the independent examiner who will be to carry out the examination of the Plan. These comments can be viewed on our website.

The examiner appointed to examine this Plan is Bob Yuille.

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

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 .


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 is one consultation events that has yet to take place

  • Cambridge, Sat 14 Sep, 10am-3pm, Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard

SCDC and Cambridge City are responding to this consultation. It was considered at the Cambridge Planning & Transport Scrutiny Committee on 16 July, and will be considered at the South Cambridgeshire Scrutiny and Overview committee on 20 August and Cabinet 4 September 2019.

A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Preferred Route consultation

A public consultation was carried out by Highways England in their plans to upgrade the A428. This consultation ended on 28 July 2019. South Cambridgeshire District Council submitted their views on the preferred route in a report agreed at the Cabinet meeting on 1 July 2019.

South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council have also responded as part of a joint response by other Local Authority partners raising points of concern regarding potential transport impacts of the proposed A428 scheme. In addition to this response, South Cambridgeshire District Council has raised its concerned about the limited capacity of the single lane on the A428 at the Girton interchange, currently being created as part of the ongoing A14 improvement project to be sufficient to carry more traffic generated by the A428 improvement scheme.

SCDC has also asked Highways England to explore the benefits and feasibility of including an all-ways junction at Girton Interchange.”


Creating space for beauty: interim report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission

The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission is an independent body that is advising government on how to promote and increase the use of high quality design for new build homes and neighbourhoods.

In their interim report published on 9 July 2019 they have set out their work to date – ‘Creating space for beauty’

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