Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Thousands Have Their Say During Consultation On New Jobs And Homes

Council bosses have thanked people across South Cambridgeshire after around 8,000 responses were made during a consultation on plans for 22,000 new jobs and 5,000 additional new homes up until 2031.

The response to 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 followed two earlier consultations to help shape plans, where over 30,000 comments were made.

Comments made during the consultation, which closed on Monday, are now being processed by South Cambridgeshire District Council, and once registered will appear on the
Council’s website. Due to the level of response this is likely to take until the end of November.

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “It is excellent news that communities across the district are so passionate about the future of South Cambridgeshire and I would like to thank them for responding to our call for them to have their say. The comments we received during the earlier consultations helped shape our plans, but we know there will be challenging and difficult decisions ahead as there are differing views from across the district.

“More jobs and new homes are much needed and due to the level of response we have had we expect it will take us until the New Year before we can make any decision on the next steps.”

The new homes proposed in the draft Plan are in addition to around 14,000 homes that have either 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.

Around 900 of the homes needed in the Local Plan are proposed 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.

It is anticipated all views submitted will be considered at a meeting of Full Council in the spring when a decision is made on the plan to be submitted to government for independent examination.

During two earlier rounds of public consultation 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.

The exact number of representations received during the latest round of consultation could go up or down as some people responding online or by email will have given views on more than one issue in their response.

For full details of the proposals put forward as part of the draft Local Plan visit www.scambs.gov.uk/localplan