News and updates

Last updated 16 March 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 by the Councils

Foxton Neighbourhood Plan

Foxton Parish Council submitted its neighbourhood plan to South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) on 10 February 2020 along with its supporting documents. We are carrying out a six-week consultation on this plan. This consultation started at 9am on 10 March and closes at 5pm on 28 April 2020 For more information see the Foxton Neighbourhood Plan page on our website.

Current Consultations by others

Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM)

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has begun a consultation on the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro. Information about the consultation is available on the Public Consultation page of the Joint Authority.
The deadline for comments is Friday 3 April 2020.

Forthcoming consultations by the Councils

No forthcoming consultations.

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning News

Joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan – 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 24 February 2020 consultation ended on the Greater Cambridge Local Plan – The First Conversation. We asked about the kind of place we want Greater Cambridge to be in the future. It explored 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.

During the consultation we took a pop-up ‘roadshow’ to places around the area including shopping centres, schools, community centres and other places where we could reach out to as many people as possible. Thank you for everyone who came along. The team had some really interesting conversations and captured a lot of feedback.

We also held a ‘Big Debate’ on the evening of 18 February, where a selection of local groups shared their ideas with a packed Cambridge Corn Exchange about what should be in the Local Plan, in a fun, provocative and lively public event.

We will now be processing and collating the large volume of feedback and comments we have received on the Issues and Options consultation and preparing a report on the consultation results.

Neighbourhood Planning News in South Cambridgeshire

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.

The final examiner’s report is published on our website. The Examiner concludes 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.
The referendum on the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan will take place on 26 March 2020.

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

Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan

Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan is currently at the examination stage.
The examiner appointed to examine this Plan is Bob Yuille. He has sent a number of questions directed at both the Council and Histon & Impington Parish Council to help him understand the Plan. Responses to these questions have been made and sent to the examiner. Also, further correspondence has been sent to the examiner during the examination period. All the responses and correspondence are published on our website.
We are awaiting now for the Examiner’s Report. For the most up to date news on the progress of this Plan please go to the Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan page on our website.

Waterbeach Neighbourhood Plan

Waterbeach Parish Council completed the Pre-Submission consultation on their Neighbourhood Plan on 24 February 2020. The Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed on the Parish Council’s dedicated website.

Regional News

East West Rail

A Preferred Route Option for the East West Rail link between Bedford and Cambridge was announced on 30 January 2020. This will lead to the Government making a final decision on whether to take this project forward and to make an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO).
The route is expected to link existing stations in Bedford and Cambridge with proposed new stations at Cambourne and near to St Neots. There is much more information on their website explaining why this preferred route option was chosen, what will happen next and links to a number of documents relating to the scheme.

Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM)

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has begun a consultation on the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro. Information about the consultation is available on the dedicated CAM website of the Joint Authority.
As part of the consultation the Joint Authority is seeking the public’s views on

  • The need for and benefits of CAM; and
  • The potential route alignments for the City Tunnel Section of CAM.
  • There have been exhibitions taking place during March on the proposed scheme. The final one yet to take place is:
  • 11 March – Cambridge Science Park, St Johns Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0WS from 12pm – 3.30pm


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