Welcome to Cottenham Parish Council

Cottenham is a Fen Edge village approximately 6 miles north of Cambridge. It is a large village of around 2500 households and a population of 6200.


The Parish Council is made up of 15 Councillors and a Clerk. The Council meet every month for a full Council Meeting and twice a month for Planning Meetings. Notification of meetings plus agenda can always be found on the parish notice boards, at least three days prior to a meeting and on this web site.

S137 Grant Applications

Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 allows Parish Councils, to incur expenditure which will bring direct benefit to their area or any part of it, or to all or some of its inhabitants.  Cottenham Parish Council budgets for an amount of money (not large) to be spent in this way each year. Applicants may be individuals, charities or groups. Previous recipients have included Rainbows, Cottenham Primary PTCA, Mobile Warden scheme, Bowls Club, Toy Library, Day Centre and Area Victim Support. Read More...

September Issues Log

We receive a very wide range of queries every month from residents which are logged and reported to the Full Council. To give you a better of idea of what we get up to 'behind the scenes' we'll now be sharing this information (contact details will be withheld). Below is a list of the issues received during September.  Read More...

Neighbourhood Plan – Informal Consultation

Before it can be adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan has to be approved in a referendum of Cottenham residents. This is likely to take place in early 2018. Prior to that, residents, SCDC and other bodies are being consulted and their views incorporated to improve its policies further. Its policies have to be supported by evidence, be deliverable and be socially acceptable. We need your views on 7 particular issues.  A copy of the questionnaire is being distributed to every household  Read More...

Location of dog bins

As a useful guide for dog owners we've produced a map detailing the locations of all the dog bins in the village.  They are widely placed around the village so there's no excuse for fouling on the streets.  Please report any issues (broken/missing/missing collections) to SCDC. Map of dog bins      Read More...

How being in a conservation area can affect you

Although conservation areas mean some extra planning controls and considerations, these exist to protect the historic and architectural elements which make the place special. They are most likely to affect owners who want to work on the outside of their building or any trees on their property. To find out whether your property is within the Cottenham Conservation Area please click here

Your House

Being in a conservation area might mean that your house is affected by special controls (called 'Article 4  Read More...

Guide to the planning process

We're often asked about the Parish input into planning applications and how applications are decided.  Below is a brief guide:

Planning Applications are determined by South Cambridgeshire District Council. Whilst Cottenham Parish Council is entitled to comment on planning applications it cannot make a decision on them.  Current planning applications in the Parish are searchable on the South Cambridgeshire District Council website.  The Agenda for Parish Planning Committee Meetings with details of the planning applications to be discussed can be  Read More...

Emergency Flood Response Contacts

We've received information from Cambridgeshire County Council which may be useful in the event of future flooding: Emergency flood response contacts_v2  Read More...