Thursday, 27 June 2013

Draft Local Plan Agreed For Public Consultation

A public consultation on plans for 22,000 new jobs and 5,000 additional new homes across South Cambridgeshire over the next 20 years has been agreed today (Thursday 27 June).

Councillors agreed the draft Local Plan that would see a new town built at Waterbeach, a new village at Bourn Airfield and a major extension to Cambourne at a meeting of Cabinet.

The homes needed are in addition to around 14,000 are in the current Local Plan on the edge of Cambridge and at the new town of Northstowe, have planning permission or recently built.

Councillors thanked residents at the meeting for their views as over 30,000 comments were made during two rounds of public consultation since last summer to shape the final draft plan that will support new jobs being created for forecast population and economic growth.

After assessing hundreds of major and village sites put forward for development, and consulting on a number of options, land for the three large sites and around 900 homes has been put forward in the plan on sites in six of the district’s larger villages.

The plan also includes a parish council proposal to create employment opportunities and build homes at a vibrant ‘gateway’ into Histon and Impington.

The plan agreed today also includes local green spaces at villages, such as playing fields and village greens that are important to local communities which will be given a similar status to green belt land.

During earlier phases of the public consultation residents have commented on options for the plan but in the final stage residents and businesses will be asked to say whether they support or object in a format set by government so views can be passed on to an independent inspector.

The public consultation this summer will be the final opportunity for residents and businesses to make their representations to the Council before they are considered at a meeting of Council to review comments before the plan is submitted to government for independent examination next year.

The Council has been working with Cambridge City Council on the overall development strategy and joint issues. Both councils will be consulting on their respective new Local Plans in the summer. Cambridgeshire County Council will also be consulting on a draft transport strategy to make sure that the places where people live and work or access services are linked up.

The consultation will run between Friday 19 July and Monday 30 September.

Representations can be made online at www.scambs.gov.uk/ldf/localplan and fifteen public exhibitions are also planned so residents can speak to officers to find out more.

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “I’d like to thank everyone for having their say over the last year. We’ve listened to all the views we have received to bring the Local Plan together which will support thousands of new jobs and provide much‑needed and well-connected high quality homes.

“It is always a tough task to strike a balance between growth and protecting our villages and rural environment but I firmly believe these plans will keep South Cambridgeshire as one of the best places to live, work and study in the country.

”Please take this final opportunity to have your say before plans are submitted to government for independent review.”

Further information:

Full details of the reports considered today can be found by visiting: http://scambs.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=293&MId=6036&Ver=4

Forecasted jobs growth 2011-2031: 22,000

Forecasted homes required 2011-2031: 19,000 (of which 14,000 are already built, with permission or included in current plans – mainly developments on the edge of Cambridge and Northstowe)

Site details:

Larger strategic sites
Waterbeach (new town) – 8,000-9,000 homes, 1,400 of which by 2031.
Bourn airfield new village – 3,500 homes, 1,700 of which by 2031.
Cambourne West – 1,200 homes, all by 2031.

Edge of Cambridge:
NIAB 3 site – not to increase the number of homes on the NIAB development but to make sure of a high quality development at an appropriate density
Near ARM, Fulbourn Road – a small area of employment land as an extension to Peterhouse Technology Park (along with 2 other small areas in City Council’s area).
Cambridge Northern Fringe East/proposed Cambridge Science Park Station area – redevelopment following joint area action plan being developed (SCDC and City Council).

Cambridge Airport site:
Airport itself not planned for development during the plan period. Held in reserve for possible development after 2031 if made available (SCDC and City Council).
Two parts of the original Cambridge East site coming forward as planned; Marshall’s Wing development north of Newmarket road – 1,200 homes (SCDC), and North of Cherry Hinton for 110 homes (along with land in City Council’s area, for a total of 500 homes).

Smaller local sites
Comberton: 90 homes opposite Comberton Village College which will deliver local benefits of a much needed football pitch and changing facilities and also community car parking that is also available as overspill parking for Comberton Village College
Gamlingay: jobs and 90 homes on a brown field site at Green End Industrial Estate
Histon & Impington: new gateway to the villages through revitalisation around the busway stop and 25 homes in Impington Lane
Melbourn : 65 homes on land to rear of Victoria Way
Sawston: 540 homes in total - 200 homes by redeveloping part of the Dales Manor Business Park, 80 homes between Dales Manor Business Park and Babraham Road, and 260 homes south of Babraham Road to the east of the village.
Willingham: 50 homes on land east of Rockmill End