Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Extra Consultation Events Confirmed Near Proposed New Village At Bourn Airfield

The details of two extra consultation events near a proposed new village at Bourn Airfield have been confirmed today (Wednesday 31 July) to give even more opportunities for nearby residents to have their say.

At a Council meeting last week concerns were raised about proposals for the new village as part of the Council’s Local Plan and councillors agreed to add the two events so as many views as possible could be heard.

The third and final round of consultation on South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Local Plan launched on Friday 19 July which is considering how to develop the district up until 2031 to provide 22,000 new jobs and 5,000 additional new homes.

Extra events:
Caxton Village Hall, Gransden Road (unstaffed display)
- Thursday 5 September 10am to 7.45pm
- Friday 6 September 10am to 4pm.

Bourn – Church of St Helena & St Mary, Church Lane (staffed event)
- Friday 6 September 2.30pm to 7.30pm.

Following two years of planning, assessments of over 400 potential sites for housing and two rounds of public consultation – where over 30,000 comments were made – the draft Local Plan proposals would currently see a new town built north of Waterbeach, a new village at Bourn Airfield and a major extension to Cambourne to support new jobs being created in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

Around 900 of the homes needed are planned in six of the district’s larger villages which have the best services and public transport links. These will also help make sure the Council has a flexible plan for the future as larger new towns and villages take more time to deliver.

Sixteen events spread across the district had already been scheduled by the Council before the consultation closes at 5pm on 30 September and the events in Caxton and Bourn have now been added to the schedule.

The new homes proposed in the draft Plan are in addition to around 14,000 homes already committed to in South Cambridgeshire’s current Local Plan. Some have already been built or are under construction, while a number of others have planning permission in locations such as on the edge of Cambridge and at the new town of Northstowe.

During two rounds of public consultation over the last year the majority of local people wanted the Council to focus on a plan that would provide additional homes in a new town or village rather than spreading lots of them across existing villages.

All views will be considered at a meeting of all councillors next spring to review comments before the plan is submitted to government for independent examination.

Both South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City councils are consulting on their new Local Plans from Friday 19 July until 5pm on Monday 30 September.

Views can be given online at www.scambs.gov.uk/localplan and public exhibitions also give residents the opportunity to speak to officers to find out more.

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “We are pleased people feel so passionately about the future of their district and have always tried to give people as many opportunities to have their say throughout this very important and detailed consultation. During the first two rounds of consultation lots of events have been held to make sure we gathered as many views as possible and the extra ones will make it even easier.

“I strongly urge everyone to either go online or come along to an event as we want your views. We know there is a great need for more housing in the district to meet the needs of our residents into the future but recognise we must also strike the right balance between growth and protecting our villages and rural environment to keep South Cambridgeshire as one of the best places to live, work and study in the country.”

The tenth consultation event is taking place today in Cambridge and further events are scheduled for September to avoid the period where more people are away on holiday.

All events run from 2.30pm to 7.30pm unless stated.
(events marked with * are joint events with Cambridge City Council):

July
19 - Sawston, Spicers Pavilion, Cambridge Road
22 - Linton Village College, Cambridge Road
22 - Trumpington Pavilion, Paget Road *
24 - Comberton Village Hall, Green End
25 - Waterbeach Primary School, High Street
26 - Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane
26 - Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colville Road *
29 - Bar Hill Village Hall, The Spinney
30 - Cambourne, The Hub, High Street
31 - Cambridge, Meadows Community Centre, St. Catharine’s Road *

September
2 - Sawston, Spicers Pavilion, Cambridge Road
3 - Caldecote Village Hall, Furlong Way
4 - Gamlingay Eco Hub, Stocks Lane
5 - Histon & Impington Recreation Ground, New Road, Impington
5 – Unstaffed display at Caxton Village Hall, Gransden Road (10am to 7.45pm)
6 – Unstaffed display at Caxton Village Hall, Gransden Road (10am to 4pm)
6 – Bourn, Church of St Helena & St Mary, Church Lane
9 - Melbourn, All Saints Community Hall, Station Road
10 - Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane

Further information:
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 it becomes 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