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Last updated 11 February 2019

This is the first update for Greater Cambridge. 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

There are four planning consultations currently taking place which 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:

The consultation period for all four consultations is between Monday 11 February and 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

More information about each of the consultations can be found below and by visiting the webpages highlighted above.

 

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 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.

Application to reclassify the A14 as a motorway

Highways England is applying for permission from the Planning Inspectorate for the A14 to be re-classified as a motorway between A1(M) and the M11 (at Girton). Highways England has prepared an information leaflet.

The application documents can be viewed on the Planning Inspectorate’s website. Comments can be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate at A14CambridgetoHuntingdon@pins.gsi.gov.uk by 11.59pm on 28 February 2019.

 

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 is underway 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 will appear on the GCP website on Monday. Consultation closes at midnight on 31 March 2019.

Consultation events will take place at the following venues:

  • Cambourne Tuesday 26th February 2019, 16.00- 19.30, The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, CB23 6GW
  • Dry Drayton Tuesday 5th March 2019, 17.00- 18.30, Village Hall, High St, Dry Drayton, CB23 8DD
  • 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)

A consultation was carried out on the draft Waterbeach New Town SPD last year. 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.

Following the Cabinet meeting on 6th February 2019, the Waterbeach New Town SPD has now been officially adopted by the Council.

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.

Reports about this AAP were considered by SCDC’s Scrutiny Committee on 18 December 2018 and Cabinet on 9 January 2019, and at Cambridge Planning and Transport Scrutiny of Cambridge City Council on 15 January 2019, which agreed an Issues and Options report for consultation.

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 currently seeking your views on our Issues and Options Report. The public consultation started on 11 February for six weeks until 25 March 2019.

If you wish to have an informal conversation with members of the Area Action Plan Project Team, then please come along to one of our exhibition events:

  • Monday 25 February, 2pm – 8pm: Milton Community Centre, Coles Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6BL
  • Wednesday 27 February, 6.30am – 8.30am and 4pm – 7.30pm: Cambridge North Station, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WZ
  • Friday 1 March, 10am – 4pm: St John’s Innovation Centre, Johnson Room, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS
  • Tuesday 5 March, 10am – 4pm: Trinity Centre, Suite 12, 24 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0FN
  • 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 were we live, work and trade. This is essential to help improve understanding and openness of the planning process.

The draft SCI was considered at Cabinet on 9 January 2019 for SCDC and on 15 January at Cambridge Planning and Transport Scrutiny of Cambridge City Council for agreement to be consulted upon. The consultation on the draft SCI will give 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.

We are currently seeking your views on our joint draft Statement of Community Involvement. The public consultation started on the 11th February until 5pm on the 25th March 2019. For more information on this consultation please visit the 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

A referendum took place on Thursday 13 December 2018 for the Great Abington Former Land Settlement Association (LSA) Estate Neighbourhood Plan, following a successful independent examination. The Neighbourhood Plan was successful at its referendum: more than half (79.05%) of those that voted have voted in favour of SCDC using the Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

SCDC will formally ‘make’ (adopt) the Neighbourhood Plan at the Council meeting on 21st February 2019. It will 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 will be the first ‘made’ neighbourhood plan in South Cambridgeshire.

To view the Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents, and further details on the referendum, 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 making 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 between 9am on Monday 11 February and 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

Neighbourhood Planning - Change to one of the Basic Conditions

All those parish councils that are preparing neighbourhood plans in South Cambridgeshire or neighbourhood forums in Cambridge should be aware of the Conservation of Habitats and Species (Various Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018 which came into force on 28 December 2018.

Amongst other things, these Regulations amend the basic condition set out in Regulation 32 and Schedule 2 (Habitats) of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) which stated: "The making of the neighbourhood plan is not likely to have a significant effect on a European site or a European offshore marine site either alone or in combination with other plans or projects."

The Regulations substitute a new basic condition which states: "The making of the neighbourhood development plan does not breach the requirements of Chapter 8 of Part 6 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017."

There are no transitional arrangements and so the substituted basic condition applies from 28 December 2018. It will therefore apply to any neighbourhood plans currently at examination or those submitted for examination on or after 28 December 2018.

Notes on Neighbourhood Planning

The Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) published at the end of last year the latest note about updates on neighbourhood planning which you may wish to read. It has information about a range of topics including an item on the new data protection laws - General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR); the recent changes to the regulations for neighbourhood planning and examples of neighbourhood plans that have included policies about self and custom build housing.

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 district 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.

There are consultation events planned. For Greater Cambridge residents there are local events in the following locations:

  • Bassingbourn: Saturday 16 February,10am – 2pm in Bassingbourn Community Primary School, Brook Road, Bassingbourn SG8 5NP.
  • Potton: Tuesday 19 February, 3.30pm – 7.30pm in Potton and District Club, 34 Station Road, Potton, Sandy SG19 2PZ
  • Cambridge: Friday 22 February, 3.30pm – 7.30pm in The University Centre, Granta Place, Cambridge CB2 1RU
  • Orwell: Tuesday 26 February, 2pm – 6pm in Orwell Village Hall, 32-66 High Street, Orwell, Royston SG8 5QN
  • Cambourne: Saturday 2 March, 10:00pm – 2:00pm in the Belfry, Back Lane, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6BW

Other event locations are listed on the East West Rail website.

Application to reclassify the A14 as a motorway

Highways England is applying for permission from the Planning Inspectorate for the A14 to be re-classified as a motorway between A1(M) and the M11 (at Girton). Highways England has prepared an information leaflet.

The Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme currently underway has been designed to modern motorways standards therefore it is not proposed to alter the design except to use blue rather than green signs and to include variable speed limit signs to manage traffic. Non-motorway traffic (such as slow vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians) are able to use the adjoining local access road and new cycleways / footpaths.

The application documents can be viewed on the Planning Inspectorate’s website. Comments can be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate at A14CambridgetoHuntingdon@pins.gsi.gov.uk by 11.59pm on 28 February 2019.

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