Thursday, 25 July 2013

Extra Consultation Events Planned Near Proposed New Village At Bourn Airfield

Two extra consultation events have been agreed by councillors today to make sure residents near a proposed new village at Bourn Airfield have more opportunities to have their say on plans for 22,000 new jobs and 5,000 additional new homes over the next 20 years.

A third and final consultation on South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Local Plan was launched on Friday, but following a meeting of Council today where concerns were raised about plans for the new village, extra events in nearby villages are now being planned.

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 to compile 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.

Fifteen events spread across the district had already been scheduled by the Council before the consultation closes at 5pm on 30 September, but extra events in Bourn and Caxton will now be added.

The Council will now be finding out availability of venues in Bourn and Caxton for the events and details will be publicised on the Council’s website as well as local parish councils and interested groups informed.

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.

The County Council’s draft Transport Strategy is also being consulted on at the same time, and sets out policies and proposals to address current transport challenges as well as improvements needed to support future growth to encourage the continued economic prosperity of this area. More information is online at  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/tscsc, and available at the exhibitions being held by South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council.

Representations can be made online at www.scambs.gov.uk/localplan and 16 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: “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.”

Public consultation events are being held across the district in July and September. All events run from 2.30pm to 7.30pm.
(events marked with * are joint events with Cambridge City Council):

Extra events are now being arranged in Bourn and Caxton.

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
  • 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