Waterbeach - an application for new homes

An outline planning application has been submitted for up to 6,500 new homes and associated facilities situated on land to the north of the village Waterbeach. The applicant is Secretary of State for Defence and Urban and Civic Plc.

Who is the Case Officer?

Andrew Winter is the new Case Officer.

When did my comments need to be submitted?

The formal deadline to submit public consultee comments ended on Sunday 16 April 2017.

You can view the comments received by the public by downloading the documents detailing the comments received. 

How can I view the Waterbeach planning application?

The easiest way for you to view the plans is to visit our Planning portal where you will be able to find further information regarding Waterbeach planning application.

If you do not have internet access, you can also view the plans at our office between 9 am and 5 pm weekdays. Please look out on parish notice boards for details of how the Parish Council will make the plans available for viewing.

What are the key documents?

Key planning documents that you might find of interest are:

  • planning and delivery statement
  • design and access statement
  • planning application guide (to be uploaded)
  • parameter plan

What information was provided at the Planning Exhibition?

We held public exhibitions at St John's Church Hall, which helped explain the application and to give you a chance to talk to a planning officer if you have any queries.

If you were unable to attend these, all the information provided can be found via the attached document.

Why is this planning application for up to 6,500 new homes when I’ve heard that a new town could be more than this?

This planning application covers part of the land that is proposed to be allocated for a new town in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan which is currently being examined in public by the Planning Inspectorate. The site for the new town is being promoted by two developers; this application has been submitted by Urban and Civic who control the majority of the site.

Could a decision be made soon?

We do not anticipate being able to determine the planning application until there is a better understanding of a number of key issues including transport, utilities, and the potential timeline for construction of the site.

To achieve this, we have committed to doing further work with local communities on a ‘Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)’ to set out principles and give more detail on how the whole of the new town should be planned and built.

We will advertise opportunities to engage with the SPD, and the document will be used to assess the planning application.

Before we make a decision on the planning application we need to know the outcome of the Local Plan examination and need to have the SPD drafted. It is difficult to say exactly when this will be but we think that it is likely to be early in 2018.

There are a lot of documents, where should I start?

If you look at the planning application you will see that there are a lot of documents.

We recommend that you start with the ‘Planning and Delivery Statement’ which gives an overview of the proposals. The ‘ES Non-Technical Summary’ gives a summary of how the expected environmental impacts would be addressed, and the ‘Design and Access Statement’ gives the applicant’s ideas on how the proposed development could be designed and what it might feel like as a place.

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