Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Growth Plans Move To Next Stage

Plans putting new jobs, the economy and quality of life at the heart of new development in South Cambridgeshire have moved to the next stage today.

Growth plans for the next 20 years were reviewed at today’s South Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Policy and Localism portfolio holder’s meeting and have been recommended to the Council’s Cabinet for consideration at their meeting on 27 June.

Forecast population and economic growth means an additional 5,000 homes will be needed by 2031 in South Cambridgeshire. This is on top of just over 14,000 homes already being built or in agreed plans, on sites in and on the edge of Cambridge as well as at the new town of Northstowe.

Covering development up until 2031, the plans include a new town at Waterbeach and a new village at Bourn Airfield – both on brown field land - an extension of Cambourne and homes and jobs on the edge of Cambridge to provide well‑connected and much-needed housing to support around 44,000 new jobs forecast to be created in the area.

New business premises and around 900 homes are also proposed on sites in six of the district’s larger villages, including a parish council proposal to create employment opportunities and build homes at a vibrant ‘gateway’ into Histon and Impington.

Over 200 sites have also been put forward by Parish Councils as ‘local green space’, which would give areas like playing fields and village greens that are important to local communities a status similar to green belt land.

The Council is working with Cambridge City Council on the overall development strategy and joint sites to ensure a consistent approach to development is achieved. Both Councils are also working with Cambridgeshire County Council to ensure development is linked up with a well-planned transport strategy, proposing sustainable transport capacity between key employment clusters and destinations in and around the city and to where people live and access services.

All of the development proposals will be publically consulted on this summer, alongside the draft transport strategy, between Friday 19 July and Monday 30 September. Fifteen public exhibitions are planned and people will also be able to have their say online and in writing. Over 31,000 comments have already been made in previous consultations.

Following the consultation, comments will again be considered before a final draft Local Plan is presented to Full Council in spring 2014.

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “We’ve listened to residents, businesses and Parish Councils over the last year to bring these plans together to support thousands of new jobs and provide much‑needed and well-connected high quality homes.

We’ve aimed to strike a balance between growth and protecting and enhancing our villages and rural environment. Our high employment rates, good education and rural lifestyle see South Cambridgeshire consistently voted as one of the top places to live and work in the country, a status which this plan will enhance and protect.”