Community governance review of Longstanton and Oakington and Westwick, prompted by the development at Northstowe.

Why undertake the review?

We are undertaking a community governance review of Longstanton and Oakington and Westwick, prompted by the development at Northstowe. The development at Northstowe will alter the spread of housing across the parishes of Longstanton and Oakington and Westwick. With three centres of population, the current parish boundaries will no longer reflect a “natural settlement pattern”.

The community governance review aims to secure an arrangement which:

  • Reflects the identities and interest of the community in that area
  • Is effective and convenient
  • Takes into account any other arrangements for the purpose of community representation or community engagement

It ought to result in arrangements which will bring about improved community engagement, better local democracy and result in more effective and convenient delivery of local services.

Please refer to the Terms of Reference, which were published on 11 November 2019.

Following discussions this week, we would like to confirm:

  1. There has been no change to the approach and questions forming the Community Governance Review.
  2. We have not agreed to change Q1. We are aware an email has been circulated identifying 2 possible options as a response to Q1, we are clear that these options have always existed. There are many other views on how the communities could be governed and what possible boundaries (if any) might be. we are not limiting your responses or options – be creative about how you think things can best deliver the objectives of the review set out in the Terms of Reference, now and in the future.
  3. We want to hear the views of you and all the communities, whatever they are, and all views and ideas are sought and welcomed. Your views will inform the options to be considered in the Stage 2 Consultation later this year.
  4. If you have already submitted your response but now wish to add to it or change it, that’s not a problem! Please complete another form (preferably online) and write the word “Update” next to your name.

Stage 1 of the consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to this stage of the consultation. Please refer to the review timetable below for any further timescales and information.

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Stage 

What is happening

Stage 1

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11 November 2019

Publication of the Terms of Reference

November/December 2019

Local briefings and meetings

Stage 2

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11 November/15 January 2020

Initial Submissions invited – have your say

3 March 2020

Draft recommendations published: for Civic Affairs Committee

Stage 3

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15 March/15 June 2020

Consultation on draft recommendations – tell us what you think

July/August 2020

Consideration of submissions received/final recommendations prepared: for Civic Affairs Committee (date TBC)

Stage 4

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September 2020

Final recommendations are published, concluding the review

October 2020

Council can make a Reorganisation Order

Submissions will be accepted between 11 November 2019 and 15 January 2020 for the first round of initial consultation. 

Paper copies of the form are also available from the Council’s Office at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA; the Community Wing next to Pathfinder School, Pathfinder Way, Northstowe, Longstanton Village Hall, between 11am and 2pm, Monday to Friday; and by arrangement from the Parish Clerk for Oakington and Westwick - to arrange collection email: Oakingtonpc@btinternet.com

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Date 

Location of drop-in session

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Wing Wednesday, Drop-in 6pm to 8pm

Community Wing, next to Pathfinder School, Pathfinder Way, Northstowe, CB24 1AA

Saturday 16 November 2019

Oakington Autumn Market, 2pm to 4.30pm

White Horse, 28 Longstanton Road, Oakington, CB24 3AB

Tuesday 26 November 2019

5pm to 7pm

Longstanton Village Hall, 24 High Street, Longstanton, CB24 3BS

Saturday 30 November 2019

District Councillor surgery, 11am to 12noon

Ploughman Hall, West Fen Road, Willingham, CB24 5LP

Saturday 30 November 2019

District Councillor surgery, 10am to 11am

The Dale community centre, Longstanton, CB24 3DH

Wednesday 4 December 2019

11am to 1pm

The Crossways Communitea Café, 1 Longstanton Road, Oakington, CB24 3BB

Saturday 7 December 2019

Longstanton Village Market, 3pm to 5pm

On the Village Green, Nelson Crescent, CB24 3BT

Monday 9 December 2019

The Monday Café, 10.30am to 12 noon

St Andrew's Church, High Street, Oakington, CB24 3AL

Monday 9 December 2019

Drop-in, 6pm to 7pm

Longstanton Village Hall, 24 High Street, Longstanton, CB24 3BS

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Wing Wednesday, Drop-in 6pm to 8pm

Community Wing, next to Pathfinder School, Pathfinder Way, Northstowe, CB24 1AA

Monday 16 December 2019

Drop-in, 6pm to 7pm

The Pavilion Meeting Room, Recreation Ground, Queens Way, Oakington, CB24 3AW

Thursday 19 December 2019

Homes England Office, 6pm to 8pm

Northstowe House, Rampton Road, CB24 3EN

Wednesday 8 January 2020

Wing Wednesday, Drop in, 6pm to 8pm

The Community Wing, next to Pathfinder School, Pathfinder Way, Northstowe, CB24 1AA

 

Are all questions mandatory and can I update my response?

Following discussions this week, we would like to confirm:

  1. There has been no change to the approach and questions forming the Community Governance Review.
  2. We has not agreed to change Q1. We are aware an email has been circulated identifying 2 possible options as a response to Q1, we are clear that these options have always existed. There are many other views on how the communities could be governed and what possible boundaries (if any) might be. We are not limiting your responses or options – be creative about how you think things can best deliver the objectives of the review set out in the Terms of Reference, now and in the future.
  3. We want to hear the views of you and all the communities, whatever they are, and all views and ideas are sought and welcomed. Your views will inform the options to be considered in the Stage 2 Consultation later this year.
  4. If you have already submitted your response but now wish to add to it or change it, that’s not a problem! Please complete another form (preferably online) and write the word “Update” next to your name.

Why has the District Council not suggested boundary changes at this stage of the review?

The District Council needs to hear the views of local residents first before any options can be formulated. The Council cannot know your views without coming out to listen to residents. At this first stage of the Review, residents are invited to give their views on how they wish to be represented and what boundaries they think are most suitable. There are now people living at Northstowe and it is important to take into account their views and those of the residents of the whole of Longstanton Parish, along with those resident in Oakington and Westwick Parish, to understand what arrangement should be considered.

Will the views of residents be the only consideration taken into account?

The views of residents will be a hugely important consideration, but ultimately it is for the District Council to take a decision on the best way to deliver the objectives of the Community Governance Review. These are that any new arrangements must:

  1. reflect the community identity and interests of the areas,
  2. bring about improved community engagement and better local democracy and
  3. result in more effective and convenient delivery of local services whilst taking into account any existing arrangements for community representation.

What would happen if no changes were made to the current parish boundaries?

If no changes were made to the current parish boundaries, then when Northstowe is fully built out, 9,840 electors from over 6,300 homes within the Northstowe development would be added to electoral roll of Longstanton Parish. For reference, there are 2,567 electors currently residing within Longstanton village. Similarly, the 4,000 homes to be built in Northstowe Phase 3A, which almost entirely fall within Oakington and Westwick Parish, would add approximately 6,560 electors onto the electoral roll of that Parish, in addition to the current 1,174 electors.

This “no change” option would result in Northstowe residents being represented on two separate parish councils. Northstowe residents would form the majority of the electorate in both parishes.

What would happen if that part of Northstowe which lies west of the B1050 was retained within Longstanton Parish, but the rest of Northstowe moved into a different Parish?  


This would allow a continuous link with the area of Longstanton Parish north of the Cambridge Guided Busway and mean that a significant proportion of the new homes at Northstowe would be included within Longstanton Parish. This area of land is identified in the Local Plan 2018 as an extension of the site of the new town of Northstowe. 1,000 homes in Phase 3B, plus any others likely to come forward in other parcels (Digital Park and Endurance Estates) at this location, could add an additional 2,240 Northstowe electors to be represented by Longstanton Parish Council. To ensure that roughly equal numbers of parish councillors represent the roughly equal numbers of residents in Northstowe and the village of Longstanton, the Parish could be sub-divided into Wards covering each settlement. Your views are welcomed on this potential option.


Would any change to the parish boundaries which left Longstanton Conservation Area wholly or partially outside of Longstanton Parish affect the boundaries or status of the Longstanton Conservations Area?

 

No. Changing the parish boundaries would not affect the boundaries or status of the Longstanton Conservation Area. Any changes to the Conservation Area Boundaries would be subject to a separate, community-led public consultation.

Splitting the conservation area over two parishes would mean that for major applications near the boundary, both parish councils would be consulted or notified. It also means that both parish councils, and residents of both areas, would be consulted regarding any variation to the conservation area.

 

How would any boundary changes affect the parish precept that I pay?

 

The amount of precepts set by parish councils reflect the services they provide to residents and this is a matter for the parish council and electorate they represent.

The precept (the tax that parish councils can set, collected as part of your council tax payment) reflects the assets that it holds and maintains, the services it pays to provide, offset by any income it generates or receives (grant funding or charitable income, for example). It is impossible to know the likely level of precept payable at this time as it is not known how many of the community assets (buildings, open space, sports pitches etc) will be passed to whatever parish council is responsible for Northstowe when the initial management arrangements (including those provided by the developers) end.

How can we ask further questions and get further information about this Community Governance Review?

The District Council is holding a series of consultation meetings, dates and venues of which are available on our website. We have also held additional meetings for residents of Northstowe and Rampton Drift at their request.

If you have a specific question, Council officers are happy to talk to you and provide an answer or guidance. We will publish the questions we get asked and the answers provided on this website to help you reach your views on the best way for future Parish representation to be set-up.

This is the first stage of the Community Governance Review. Once initial views have been gathered, detailed options will be developed, including where boundaries might run, and we will clearly set-out the apparent implications of these options on the various communities. These options will be subject to a further public consultation later in 2020. In the meantime, all views are important and welcomed.

A map of the Northstowe development area and current parish boundaries can be seen below - click on the image to view or download a larger scale version. 

A map of Northstowe development with a hyperlink to a larger version of the map

Larger scale, more detailed maps of the boundaries can also be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the images below.

Appendix C: Oakington boundary 

A map showing the Oakington boundary with a hyperlink to a larger version of the map

Appendix D: Over boundary 

Over boundary with a hyperlink to a larger scale map

Appendix E: Swavesey boundary

The Swavesey boundary with a hyperlink to a large scale of the map

Appendix F: Willingham boundary

 A map showing the Willingham boundary with a hyperlink to a large version

Appendix G: Rampton boundary 

A map of the Ramption Boundary with a hyperlink to a larger map

 

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