Thursday, 13 March 2014

Plan For New Jobs And Homes To Be Submitted To Government

A plan to provide 22,000 new jobs and 19,000 much-needed new homes across South Cambridgeshire up until 2031 is to be submitted to the Government for independent examination.

Councillors voted to submit the plan to the Secretary of State – which would see a new town built north of Waterbeach, a new village at Bourn Airfield and a major extension to Cambourne – at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Full Council meeting today (Thursday 13 March).

At the meeting, councillors heard how the range of opposing views submitted during three extensive rounds of public consultation had shown that it is not possible to prepare a plan that has complete consensus, but all comments had been taken into account to help prepare the best plan for the area as a whole.

The Council will submit the plan to Government around the end of March, and then the Secretary of State will appoint an independent planning inspector to carry out an examination of it. This will include holding a series of public hearings, which are anticipated later this year.

The plan also includes 900 homes built in six of the district’s larger villages which have the best services and public transport links:
  • Comberton – 90 homes opposite the Village College
  • Gamlingay – jobs and 90 homes 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 – 200 homes on 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
Proposals to meet local people’s housing needs requested by Great and Little Abington parish councils have also been put forward as part of the plan after public consultation in the villages gathered support.

The three small sites will include both market and affordable housing. A total of 47 homes in Great Abington would be built on Linton Road and on the corner of the High Street and Pampisford Road. Another six homes would be built at Bancroft Farm, Church Lane, Little Abington.

Councillors also agreed to include Graveley Parish Council’s proposals for six homes on Toseland Road if the parish council confirms them later this month.

The 5,000 new homes proposed in the draft plan are in addition to 14,000 homes already committed to in locations mainly on the edge of Cambridge and at the new town of Northstowe.

During the public consultations over 37,000 comments were submitted. The 7,400 comments made in the latest round of consultation last year will be considered by the independent planning inspector who will decide whether the plan is sound and deliverable.

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “The consultations over the last two years have shown us that it is unrealistic to expect to prepare a plan that has complete consensus as we have received views on all sides of the debate. But this is a good plan which will mean that the new developments will have the services and facilities that they need as well as providing the best opportunity to provide high quality public transport links with Cambridge and the surrounding market towns.

“Although an independent inspector will have the final say on whether the plan is sound, we have tried to listen to what everyone has said before agreeing what we believe is best for the area as a whole. We have had to make some tough choices, but what is clear is that housing is much-needed to support jobs being created here, and to provide homes and a good quality of life for children growing up in the district.

“It is good that so many people have had their say as the consultation as the responses we received will be provided to the inspector as part of the Local Plan we submit to Government. This will give the inspector the opportunity to assess independently all the arguments put forward.”

Further information:

Larger strategic sites:
  • North of 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 350 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
Parish council led proposals:
  • Great and Little Abington Parish Councils: 53 homes on three small sites
  • Graveley Parish Council: six homes on Toseland Road
The sites listed are in addition to the 14,000 homes already committed to in locations such as the edge of Cambridge and the planned new town of Northstowe.