Monday, 7 October 2013

One Week Left To Have Your Say On South Cambridgeshire New Jobs And Homes Consultation

There’s just one week left to have your say during a final round of consultation on plans for 22,000 new jobs and 5,000 additional new homes in South Cambridgeshire up until 2031.

The draft Local Plan which would 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 has been put forward after over 300 possible sites for development were assessed.

To help people find out more and have their say South Cambridgeshire District Council has held 17 events in communities around the district with almost 1,400 people attending.

The new homes proposed in the draft Plan are in addition to around 14,000 homes that have recently been built, are under construction, or have planning permission in locations such as on the edge of Cambridge and at the new town of Northstowe.

During two earlier rounds of public consultation where over 30,000 comments were received 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.

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 entirely new towns and villages take more time to deliver.

People taking part in the current consultation are given the choice of saying whether they support or object to the proposals in a format set by government. This will make sure views can be passed on to an independent inspector who will consider whether the plan needs to be changed before it is finalised.

Once the consultation closes and all the comments received have been registered, they will all be published together on the Council’s website. This is likely to happen around the end of November but will depend on the number received.

All views will be considered at a meeting of Full Council in the spring to review comments before a decision is made on the plan to be submitted to government for independent examination.

The draft plan also includes a number of other policies to help guide development and protect green spaces in villages that are particularly important to local communities.

The Council has been working closely with Cambridge City Council on the overall development strategy and issues affecting both areas, as well as with Cambridgeshire County Council on its transport strategy to make sure that the places where people live and work or access services are linked up. These consultations have now closed.

To have your say visit www.scambs.gov.uk/localplan or contact the Planning Policy Team on 03450 450 500 or ldf@scambs.gov.uk.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 14 October.

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “There’s now just one week to go to have your say so please don’t miss this opportunity. It has been really good to see so many people taking part in the consultation as we must make sure we have the best possible plan to provide much needed new jobs and homes in the future. It is important we 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. However, this is not an easy task and we are listening and weighing up differing views from people on all sides of the debate.”

Further information: Forecast jobs growth 2011-2031: 22,000

Forecast 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