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Last updated 1 March 2019

We are now sending out a monthly update to cover 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.

LIVE CONSULTATIONS

East-West Rail

East West Rail is creating a new direct rail connection between Oxford and Cambridge, and beyond. Serving communities across the area, it will bring faster journey times and lower transport costs as well as easing pressure on local roads.

The scheme is being built in phases. For more information about the Bedford to Cambridge section of this rail scheme see the Regional News section below in this monthly update.

The public consultation on route options began on 28 January 2019. The deadline for

comments is 11 March 2019.

East West Rail has information on its website about how you can have your say.

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service

Three planning consultations began in February. They are being carried out by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service – this is the new shared planning service for South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council:

  • North East Cambridge Area Action Plan – Issues and Options Consultation
  • Greater Cambridge Statement of Community Involvement
  • Greater Cambridge Local Plan – ‘Call for Sites’

These consultations will end at 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019. There is more information about each consultation within this monthly bulletin.

Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan

Cottenham Parish Council submitted a draft Neighbourhood Plan for Cottenham to SCDC on 15 January 2019. SCDC is now carrying out a 6 week consultation on this neighbourhood plan.

This consultation will end at 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

For more information on this consultation please look at SCDC’s Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan webpage.

Cambourne – Cambridge Public Transport Route

The Cambourne to Cambridge Public Transport Route is a priority project for the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) and a first phase of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s plans for a Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).

A consultation has begun on proposals for the link west of Madingley Mulch roundabout to Bourn Airfield and on to Cambourne and a new park and ride facility. More information about this consultation appears on the GCP website.

The consultation closes at midnight on 31 March 2019.

Some consultation events have already taken place but there are still opportunities to attend events at the following venues:

  • Hardwick Tuesday 12th March 2019, 17.00- 19.30, Hardwick Primary School, Limes Road, Hardwick, CB23 7RE
  • Caldecote Wednesday 13th March 2019, 17.00- 19.30, Caldecote Primary School, Highfields Road, Caldecote, CB23 7NX

GREATER CAMBRIDGE NEWS

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan has been adopted.

On 27 September 2018, the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was adopted and the Adopted Policies Map was agreed for publication.

The Cambridge Local Plan has been adopted.

On 18 October 2018 the Cambridge Local Plan was adopted and the Adopted Cambridge Policies Map was agreed for publication.

The websites will be further updated in due course.

New Joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan

Call for sites consultation

South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council will be starting preparation of a new joint Local Plan in 2019, as set out in the joint adopted Greater Cambridge Local Development Scheme. As an early stage of plan making, we want to know about potential sites or broad locations for development.

The Government requires Local Planning Authorities to conduct a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise as a key component of the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment to inform policies in the new Local Plan for housing, employment and other uses.

We are currently carrying out our Call for Sites from 11 February for six weeks. More information will appear on each Councils’ website: www.scambs.gov.uk/gclpcallforsites and www.cambridge.gov.uk/gclpcallforsites

Deadline for submitting sites is 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

Issues and Options

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 Councils’ websites: www.scambs.gov.uk/gclocalplan and www.cambridge.gov.uk/gclocalplan

Waterbeach New Town Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

SCDC adopted the Waterbeach New Town SPD at a meeting of Cabinet on 6th February 2019.

This SPD amplifies the policy provided by the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan and provides the vision for how the whole town will come forward to create a thriving new community and together they set the benchmark that planning applications will be assessed against. The website for this SPD will be updated in due course..

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. SCDC has commissioned Arup to prepare the SPD which will amplify the existing policy and aid its implementation. It is intended that public consultation on the draft SPD will take place in the summer of 2019.

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

The North East Cambridge Area Action Plan (AAP) will guide development in the area west of the new Cambridge North station, and includes the Science Park area. (This plan was formerly known as the Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP.) It is being prepared jointly by both Councils.

We want your views about opportunities for development of the area west of the new Cambridge North Station, together with Cambridge Science Park. Our plans explore how this area could be transformed into a pedestrian and cycle friendly district, creating the opportunity for thousands of new energy efficient homes and jobs, all supported by new community and leisure facilities, shops, and green spaces.

Our vision: ‘North East Cambridge will be a socially and economically inclusive, thriving, and low-carbon place for innovative living and working; inherently walkable where everything is on your doorstep.’

We are seeking your views on our Issues and Options Report. The public consultation runs until 5pm on 25 March 2019.

Some exhibitions have already taken place but if you wish to have an informal conversation with members of the Area Action Plan Project Team, there are still opportunities to come along to one of our exhibition events:

  • Thursday 7 March, 6pm – 8pm: North Area Committee, Shirley Centre, Nuffield Road, Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 1TF
  • Tuesday 12 March, 4pm – 7pm: Brown’s field Youth and Community Centre, 31A Green End Road, Cambridge CB4 1RU
  • Thursday 14 March, 2pm – 8pm: Nun’s Way Pavilion, Nun’s Way, Cambridge, CB4 2NR

For more information on this consultation please visit www.scambs.gov.uk/necaap or www.cambridge.gov.uk/necaap

Statement of Community Involvement

South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council are preparing 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 SCI describes how the public, businesses and interest groups within the local authority areas can get involved in the creation of local planning policy and the planning application process aiming at shaping where we live, work and trade. This is essential to help improve understanding and openness of the planning process.

The consultation on the draft SCI gives residents, businesses, parish councils, neighbourhood forums and other groups an opportunity to have a say in how they want to be involved in guiding the development of the City of Cambridge and the District of South Cambridgeshire.

A six week consultation runs until 5pm on 25th March 2019. More information appears on each Councils’ websites: www.scambs.gov.uk/sci and www.cambridge.gov.uk/sci

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING NEWS IN SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan

SCDC formally ‘made’ (adopted) the Neighbourhood Plan at the Council meeting on 21st February 2019. The Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan has become part of the development plan for South Cambridgeshire, giving it the same legal status as the Local Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan will be used when making decisions on planning applications within its area. This is the first ‘made’ neighbourhood plan in South Cambridgeshire.

To view the Neighbourhood Plan and its accompanying documents visit our Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan webpage.

Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan

Cottenham Parish Council submitted a draft Neighbourhood Plan for Cottenham to SCDC on 15 January 2019, along with supporting documents. SCDC is responsible for all the remaining stages of preparing the Neighbourhood Plan and the Council has confirmed that the submitted Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents comply with all the relevant statutory requirements.

The draft Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan sets out a range of planning policies which cover many issues that are considered important to the local community. This includes policies for conserving the village character; providing more housing; improving the amenities and facilities in the village and encouraging employment.

SCDC is seeking your views on the Neighbourhood Plan before it is considered by an independent examiner, and if successful through examination would proceed towards a referendum. The Plan is available to view on SCDC’s Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan webpage.

Comments can be submitted to SCDC until 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

REGIONAL NEWS

East-West Rail

A six week public consultation has begun on route options for a new railway serving the Central section of the East West Rail project from Bedford to Cambridge. This section will link Bedford and Cambridge with a new line and new stations for the communities in between. This is the final section of East West Rail and is proposed to be completed in the mid 2020s.

There are five route options proposed in the consultation with a number of new railway stations proposed including ones in our area at Bassingbourn or at Cambourne.

There is information on the East West Rail website that explains about the route options for this section and how you can make comments. The deadline for comments is 11 March 2019.

South Cambridgeshire District Council agreed their response to this consultation at the meeting of Cabinet on 6 March 2019.

A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements

Highways England announced the Preferred Route for the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Scheme on Monday 18 February. Highways England has prepared a short booklet explaining the preferred route for the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme, the reasons for their decision and the results of the public consultation that was held in spring 2017. It also gives details of what will happen next.

The booklet can be viewed on the Highways England website.

 

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