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.

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...

Village litter pick – Saturday 13th January, 2pm

Volunteers required for the annual January litter pick.  Meet at the Village Hall (Recreation Ground) at 2pm. If you'd like to help please contact: Peter Pilbeam on or the Parish Clerk at Refreshments will be served back at the Village Hall from 4pm Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing. Involvement is at participants’ risk.  Read More...

Histon Road cycle path tidy up – 13th January, 2pm

Volunteers required to help clear the Histon Road cycle path.  Meet at the Village Green at 2pm. Refreshments will be served back at the Village Hall from 4pm Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing. Involvement is at participants’ risk. If you'd like to attend please contact Christine Ward, or 01954 251813 Event supported by Sustainable Cottenham & Cottenham Parish Council  Read More...

Cottenham Community Land Trust awarded start-up grant

Cottenham Community Land Trust has been awarded a start-up grant by South Cambridgeshire District Council.  The Trust is being formed to provide truly affordable homes exclusively for local Cottenham people. The need for truly affordable homes and other community facilities has been identified in Cottenham’s emerging Neighbourhood Plan. Once made, Cottenham’s Neighbourhood Plan will control where and how development occurs in Cottenham. The plan also identified the advantages of a Community Land Trust as a deliverer of truly affordable homes reserved  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...