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LATEST NEWS: 5 November 2018

This monthly update gives information on:

  • Live planning related consultations in South Cambridgeshire to help you have your say.

  • Forthcoming planning related consultations in South Cambridgeshire.

  • Other key planning news at local, county and national levels.

Information on any consultations that may affect people living or working in South Cambridgeshire can be viewed on the Council's consultations webpage.


 Uttlesford Local Plan  

The Uttlesford District Council is inviting comments on an Addendum of Focussed Changes to the Regulation 19 Pre-Submission Local Plan. Further information about this consultation is available on the Uttlesford website.

Deadline for comments is 5pm on Tuesday 27 November 2018.

Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan

A six week consultation is being carried out by Histon & Impington Parish Council on the pre-submission version of the Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation runs until 16 November 2018. For more information go to the Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan website.


In 2016, the Greater Cambridge Partnership commissioned a consultant to review twelve routes to improve cycle, walking and equestrian links from villages around Cambridge into the city. These routes have been labelled the 'Greenways'. Further information is available on the Greater Cambridge Greenways website.

Consultations are currently underway or about to start on a number of Greenways:

  • Waterbeach and Fulbourn – Deadline for comments is 3 December 2018
  • Comberton – Deadline for comments is 17 December 2018


The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan has been adopted.

On 27 September 2018, the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was adopted and the Adopted Policies Map was agreed for publication. Together the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan (September 2018) and Adopted Policies Map (September 2018) replace the Core Strategy DPD (January 2007), Development Control Policies DPD (July 2007), Site Specific Policies DPD (January 2010), Local Plan 2004 'Saved' Policy CNF6, and

The Cambridge Local Plan

On 18 October 2018 the Cambridge Local Plan was adopted and the Adopted Cambridge Policies Map was agreed for publication.

Waterbeach New Town SPD

The Council’s Scrutiny Committee on 14 August considered the draft SPD. The Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on 5th September, approved the draft SPD for public consultation.

The SPD amplifies the policy provided by the Local Plan and provides the vision for how the whole town will come forward to create a thriving new community and together they set the benchmark that planning applications will be assessed against.

The consultation on the draft Waterbeach New Town SPD ended on 26 October 2018.

The Council is now considering the representations received during this consultation and whether amendments should be made to the SPD. A report will be presented to members at the Scrutiny and Overview Committee on 29 November and to Cabinet on 5 December 2018.

Bourn Airfield New Village SPD

The newly adopted South Cambridgeshire Local Plan includes an allocation for a new village on Bourn Airfield. Work will start on this SPD with community engagement in the autumn.

Neighbourhood Planning News in South Cambridgeshire

Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan

On 15 October 2018, the Council received the Examiner’s Report on the Great Abington Former Land Settlement Association (LSA) Estate Neighbourhood Plan, which concludes that subject to a series of recommended modifications the Neighbourhood Plan meets all the necessary legal requirements and should proceed to referendum.

To comply with national regulations, SCDC (in conjunction with Great Abington Parish Council) has considered the conclusions in the Examiner’s Report, has agreed that those conclusions should be acted upon, and has agreed that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum. The referendum will take place on Thursday 13 December 2018. 

If more people vote ‘yes’ than ‘no’ in the referendum, then SCDC will ‘make’ (adopt) the Neighbourhood Plan and it will become part of the development plan for South Cambridgeshire, giving it the same legal status as the Local Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan will be used when making decisions on planning applications within its area. This would be the first ‘made’ neighbourhood plan in South Cambridgeshire.

If more people vote ‘no’ than ‘yes’ in the referendum, then planning applications will be decided without using the Neighbourhood Plan.

To view the Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents, and further details on the referendum including who is entitled to vote, visit our Great Abington Former LSA Estate Neighbourhood Plan webpage.


Technical consultation on updates to national planning policy and guidance

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is seeking views on:

  • Changes to planning practice guidance relating to the standard method for assessing local housing need
  • Policy clarifications relating to housing land supply, and the definition of deliverable and appropriate assessment.

The deadline for comments is 23.45 on Friday 7 December 2018.

Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission

A new commission to champion beauty in the built environment was announced on 3 November 2018 by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The aims of the new commission are:

  • To promote better design and style of homes, villages, towns and high streets, to reflect what communities want, building on the knowledge and tradition of what they know works for their area.
  • To explore how new settlements can be developed with greater community consent.
  • To make the planning system work in support of better design and style, not against it.


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