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.

Doorstep caller and rogue trading advice

Following some complaints regarding door-step selling and rogue traders from the local community, Police and Trading Standards are highlighting the tactics that some traders may employ, and useful tips to protect householders from rogue traders or other uninvited persons calling at their home. Selling door to door is not generally illegal but when customers fall prey to high-pressure selling tactics or doorstep callers problems can occur. Recent incidents serve as an excellent way of reminding people of how best to  Read More...

Neighbourhood Plan update

We've been working hard an revising our Neighbourhood Plan prior to going forward for a Regulation 14 consultation, probably in March.  Version 4.1 of the Plan along with several evidence papers can be found on the project page here.  Read More...

Summary news update

There's been a lot going on over the past week so here's a quick summary:

  • The Parish Council has voted not to increase the precept (our portion of Council Tax) for 2018/19. This means the precept stays at £140 for a Band D home. Draft minutes available here.
  • A scheme to improve pavements and crossings between Stevens Close and the High Street has been agreed. (specifically around Stevens Close, Franklin Gardens, Victory Way/Lambs Lane & Eastlands Close/Lyles Road).  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...

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...