- Inspector has finally written to both SCDC and City about the state of the Local Plans. News broke late on the 14th November about the eagerly awaited news on the state of the emerging Local Plans. The Councils have jointly reported the following:
Joint news release with South Cambridgeshire District Council
Plans for 44,000 new jobs and 33,500 new homes in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire have moved a step forward after Government inspectors did not raise any objections to the strategy of focusing growth in new towns and a new village. Inspectors reviewing the two Local Plans completed hearings in July, and South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council have now published correspondence with Government inspectors up to this point to update local people on the stage the plans have reached.
The documents cover some of the changes the inspectors have suggested they believe may be needed for the two Plans to be agreed and signed off, and have asked the Councils to draft the modifications needed. A complete final list from the inspectors is expected in the next few weeks. Councillors have said they plan to launch a public consultation as soon as they have the final information from the inspectors and will give extra time for people to have their say to allow for Christmas.
The Local Plans submitted to Government focussed growth for the Greater Cambridge area in a new town north of Waterbeach, a new village at Bourn Airfield, and an extension to Cambourne. Around 300 homes are also proposed for Worts Causeway on the edge of Cambridge. The independent inspectors reviewing the plans to make sure they are ‘sound’ have not objected to this overall approach.
The main modifications the inspectors have raised so far include:
- Information about suitable land that is readily available in the next 5 years to meet the number of homes that need to be built
- Changing policies so affordable housing is sought on sites of more than 10 homes. The Government intends this to encourage more smaller housing developments
- Modest changes to site boundaries and policies at the new town north of Waterbeach and new village at Bourn Airfield
- Allocation of additional employment land at the Addenbrooke’s Campus
Councillors have welcomed the Government inspectors’ draft recommendation that the two councils review their plans in 2019 and begin to draw up a single Local Plan for the Greater Cambridge area. This recommendation matches up with the commitment the two councils made as part of the City Deal agreement, now the Greater Cambridge Partnership, with Government in 2014.
The plans are in addition to the current extensions being built or planned for on the edge of Cambridge and at the new town of Northstowe. These will be carried forward into the new Local Plans.
- CambridgePPF have written to the Mayor, his cabinet and both the GCP Joint Assembly and Executive Board on the City Access Strategy- see letter here CambridgePPF ltr re GCP and we also had a press release on the subject in the Cambridge Independent Letter CPPF Congestion letter Sept17
- We are aware of that our adjacent neighbour Uttlesford District Council has closed the consultation on their draft local plan. Please find the link to all of the documents here https://www.uttlesford.gov.uk/draftplan2017 Included here are the proposals for up to 5000 at Great Chesterford, which is near to Hinxton, Ickeleton, Great Abington, A11 and A1303. Reading the proposals, they are planning on 1900 houses to be completed by 2033. The remaining of the 5000 has not been outlined. We share concerns about the implications into South Cambs from added traffic, noise, pollution and water runoff- especially to our mill at Hinxton. However, it is still early and the plan process could be another few years.
- PRESS RELEASE: CambridgePPF published an article in the Cambridge Independent 12th July on Green Belt developments being proposed. Have a read of our press release here- CambridgePPF Homes in Green Belt PR
- Read our statement on the EIP Local Plan Hearings Omission Sites- CPPF Omission Sites Statement Ver3 23.06.17
- Follow our new CambridgePPF planning and built heritage conservation work Twitter page – CambPPF P&C . See what we’re doing, who we’re working with and what we’re commenting on – for Cambridge and its surrounding area.