News and updates

Last updated 13 January 2020

This monthly update covers the Greater Cambridge area. The planning departments for South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council 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 South Cambridgeshire District Council consultations webpage and / or the Cambridge City Council consultations webpage as relevant to the consultation concerned.

Current Consultations

Consultations by Greater Cambridge Shared Planning

Consultation on the Greater Cambridge Local Plan – The First Conversation runs between 13 January 2020 and until 24 February 2020.

For more information on this consultation see the Local Plan section of this update below.

Forthcoming consultations

Network Rail consultation on new railway station for Cambridge South

Network Rail has announced it is launching a public consultation in early 2020 on proposals for a new railway station for Cambridge South.  Public consultation begins on 20 January 2020, and will close on 2 March 2020.

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning News

New Joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan - Upcoming Issues and Options consultation 

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are working together to prepare a joint Local Plan for the Greater Cambridge area. On Monday 13 January we started the first conversation with our communities on issues for the next Local Plan.

The Greater Cambridge Local Plan – The First Conversation will start the conversation about the kind of place we want Greater Cambridge to be in the future. It will explore the ‘big themes’ – climate change, biodiversity, social inclusion and great places - that will influence how homes, jobs and infrastructure are planned, and where growth might go.  

The consultation runs between 9am on Monday 13 January until 5pm on Monday 24 February 2020. It is an opportunity for everyone who is interested in the Greater Cambridge area to have their say in shaping the future of this area.

A new Greater Cambridge Local Plan website has been created to help people get involved more easily. You will be able to explore all the consultation material and share views on the issues important to you.

During the consultation we will be taking a pop-up ‘roadshow’ to places around the area including shopping centres, schools, community centres and other places where we can reach out to as many people as possible, making it easy for you to spend a few minutes finding out more and sharing your views. Current list of our events is below, and you will be able to keep up to date on our website. 

We will also be holding a ‘Big Debate’ on the evening of 18 February, where we are inviting local groups to share their ideas about what should be in the Local Plan, in a fun, provocative and lively public event. If you are interested in being one of the groups to present, please contact Also look out for details about how to book your seat in the audience on the night, when we open the consultation in January. 

Pop up Roadshow Events


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Saturday 25 

The Grafton Centre – Escape @ the Campus 

10.00am – 12.00pm 

Saturday 25 

Milton Tesco - Foyer 

2.00pm - 4.00pm 

Monday 27 

Anglia Ruskin University – The Street 


12.00pm – 2.00pm 

Tuesday 28 

Shelford Tesco Express – At front of store 

12.00pm – 2.00pm 

Wednesday 29 

Clay Farm Centre – Ground floor near stairs 

9.30am – 11.00am 

Wednesday 29 

Cambridge Market  

1.30pm – 3.00pm 

Wednesday 29 

Cambridge Central Railway Station – Entrance near M&S 

4.00pm – 7.00pm 

Thursday 30 

Long Road 6th Form College – Library 


12.00pm – 2.00pm 

Friday 31 

Gamlingay Eco Hub - Reception 

10.00am – 12.00pm 

Friday 31 

Cottenham Community Centre - Café 

10.00am – 12.00pm 


Saturday 1 

Cambourne Morrisons  

10.00am – 12.00pm 

Saturday 1 

Cambridge United FC – In front of the shop 

2.00pm - 3.00pm 

Monday 3 

Cambridge Regional College – The Mall 


11.30pm – 1.30pm 

Tuesday 4 

Granta Park – The Apiary 


12.00pm – 2.00pm 

Tuesday 4 

Parkside Pools and Gym – By Reception 

4.00pm – 6.00pm 

Wednesday 5 

Arbury Community Centre - Reception 

9.15am – 11.15am 

Wednesday 5 

Cambridge Science Park – The Trinity Centre, Reception 


12.00pm – 2.00pm 

Thursday 6 

Wellcome Genome Campus – Diner in building 2  


11.00pm – 1.00pm 

Thursday 6 

Cambridge North Station – Stairs by the entrance 

4.30pm – 7.30pm 

Friday 7 

Histon Tesco Express – In front of the store 

10.00am – 12.00pm 

Saturday 8  

Bar Hill Tesco – Foyer 

10.00 - 11.30 am 

Saturday 8 

Cambridge Lion Yard – escalator near Jamaica Blue Cafe 

2.00pm - 4.00pm 


Call for development sites and green space sites consultation

As part of the Councils’ consultation on the Greater Cambridge Local Plan – The First Conversation (Issues and Options 2020) between 13 January 2020 and 24 February 2020 (see above), there will be the opportunity to put forward any sites for consideration as part of the next Local Plan for either:

  • housing or employment development, or
  • green space sites, to help identify opportunities to enhance and expand the network of green spaces within Greater Cambridge.

As part of the development of the new Greater Cambridge Joint Local Plan, in February and March 2019 we carried out a ‘call for sites’, allowing people to suggest potential sites or broad locations for development. We received a wide range of housing and employment site suggestions ranging from small sites in villages to freestanding new communities. There is no need to resubmit sites you have already provided to the Councils as part of the Call for Sites 2019.

We have now almost completed the registration of the 500+ sites and are also in the process of mapping the valid sites. The forthcoming issues and options consultation will also ask for any further sites as part of the call for sites process. We expect that all the sites will be publicly available to view following the issues and options consultation. All of these sites will need to be assessed for their planning merit in 2020, and none of them have any planning status in respect of the new Local Plan.

Draft Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Consultation on proposals to help make new housing developments as green as possible published by South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council ended at 5pm on Monday 23 September 2019. The representations have been registered and can be view through the online consultation system on the website.

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.

Next stage – We are considering all the comments received during the consultation. A report will be taken to Cabinet at South Cambridgeshire District Council on 8 January 2020 and Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee at Cambridge City Council on 14 January 2020, where Councillors will consider responses to the representations received and decide whether the SPD should be adopted.

Neighbourhood Planning News in South Cambridgeshire

Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan

Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan is currently at the examination stage.

The examiner appointed to examine this Plan is Bob Yuille. In August he sent us a preliminary set of questions directed at both the Council and Histon & Impington Parish Council to help him understand the Plan. Responses to these questions have been sent to the examiner and are published on the Histon & Impington page on our website.

Further correspondence sent directly to the examiner regarding the policy on the Jam Factory was published on 21 October; additional correspondence on 26 November 2019 as well as a new letter on 2 December 2019. Histon & Impington page.

The examiner sent some further questions on 24 October for both the Council and the parish council to respond to. The responses from both councils have been sent to the examiner and are published on our website.

A further letter with a question from the examiner for the parish council was received on 13 December 2019.

Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan

The Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan is currently at the examination stage.

South Cambridgeshire District Council appointed an independent examiner, Andrew Ashcroft, to carry out the examination of the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan.

He has now sent us his final examiner’s report which is published on our website. The Examiner conclude that the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan meets all the necessary legal requirements and should proceed to referendum subject to a series of recommended modifications set out in the report.

We are progressing the Plan towards a referendum.

For the most up to date news on the progress of this Plan please go to the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan page on our website.

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