Neighbourhood Plan

A Neighbourhood Plan gives local people the power to agree a shared vision for their area. The plan can set out policies for the development and use of land covered by a Neighbourhood Area, and has formal weight in deciding future planning applications.

This initial consultation is asking for views on the Neighbourhood Area proposed by each Parish Council before any decisions are taken on how a future Neighbourhood Plan for Cottenham may progress.

Parish Councils are not required to have a Neighbourhood Plan. Those who choose to have one can use it to propose additional development on top of the District Council’s Local Plan, but cannot propose less development.

November 2017 update

Thank you to everyone who completed the mini consultation.  A summary report can be found below:

Summary Report with comments

The Plan has now been reviewed by an independent Planning Inspector and the working party are currently going through their comments as well as integrating the mini consultation results.  Later this month we will be meeting with the SCDC Planning team to discuss next steps.

October 2017 update

A lot has happened over the past few months which has resulted in the need to make several amendments to the plan.  We’ve been lucky enough to secure additional help from an Inspector via SCDC who has gone over the Plan in detail and made comments on areas that we now need to look at further.  As part of this we have now instigated a mini consultation based on just 7 key issues.  A copy of the consultation is below along with a summary + the latest version of the full draft Plan:

Consultation & Overview

Full Consultation Document

The closing date for returning consultation documents is midnight on 22nd October 2017.  All Cottenham residents over 16 can complete a form but name and postcode must be included to be considered valid.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRE-SUBMISSION DRAFT NP CONSULTATION HAS NOW CLOSED.

Pre-Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan consultation

We are now formally consulting on our pre-submission draft plan.  You are invited to comment via cottenhamnp@gmail.com.  When responding please include the paragraph or policy reference, your name and the postcode where you live.

Pre-Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Feedback form

This consultation will close on 30th June 2017.

We are hosting a serious of consultation events on 31st May and 13th June – 7.30pm in the Village Hall and 17th June – 10am in the Community Centre.  Please come along to meet with Councillors and give us your feedback.  There will be an additional chance to see us at the Fen Edge Festival on Saturday 24th June on the Village Green.

May 17 update:

Following the recent call for sites, these have now been included for formal independent assessment over the next few weeks. The summary below shows where they are. It is unlikely that more than two of these will be needed for housing development over the next 15 years, although we remain at risk of other unplanned development until we get our Neighbourhood Plan adopted. There’ll be some drop-in events, including the Annual Parish Meeting on 9th May at the Village Hall, over the next few weeks so you can discuss the plan with the NP team.

Summary

March 17 update:

An updated draft pre-submission version (v1.2) of the Neighbourhood Plan is now available.  It will be incrementally updated until ready for formal comment.

Draft pre-submission plan v1.2a

February 17 update:

A draft pre-submission of the Neighbourhood Plan is now available.  The Working Party are meeting again to tidy/review and refine the wording of some policies.  We will then look to commend a formal pre-submission consultation from around 6th March.

Pre-submission plan

December 16 update:

To help steer us into the last laps of the Neighbourhood Plan, we’ve identified twelve questions that probe around various aspects of the draft plan.

Each of the four information sheets below has several questions highlighted in red; those are the twelve questions on which we would like your views.

It would be really helpful if you can return your views on these questions by 12th December which will allow us to begin work on sharpening up the text and policies and adding better illustrations.

Q1: Amenities  Q2: Housing   Q3: Employment   Q5: Character    Feedback

October 16 update:

Here is a short-form version of the emerging draft Neighbourhood Plan. If you think there’s something missing or wrong at this top-level now is the time to tell us!

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The longer (60+ page) versions are still being worked on but include more detail on how the objectives might be met, the evidence, and appendices which include how well the plan meets various legal conditions etc.

April 16 update:

We have now begun to set out options to close the gaps identified in the survey. Some are more radical than others; it may be that radical solutions are the only way to sort out our traffic and housing challenges.  We need your comments on the various options; do you have a preference or an alternative suggestion? We need to know.

Survey Options

Although not yet even a draft plan, the next stage will begin to convert the selected options into draft planning policies as a basis for the draft plan and further consultation.

March 16 update:

The survey results have now been collated by our consultants, Enventure Research, and were presented to Full Council on 1st March.   A copy of the presentation showing the key findings is below in addition to the full survey report.

NP Survey – Key Findings Presentation
NP Survey Report

We are now beginning the process of holding some workshops to look more closely at the findings and start to brainstorm ideas/challenges.

December 2015 update:

The survey will be going live online Thursday 10th December!  A hard copy of the survey will be sent to every property within our designated area along with a reply envelope to make the returning process easier (these will arrive w/c 14th December). As an incentive, for every form completed we will be donating 50p to a registered Cottenham charity of your choice from a list on the survey.  The deadline for completion will be 18th January 2016.  Enventure will be providing us with interim results with the first full results due around the middle of February.  The final report will be presented to full Council on Tuesday 1st March.  This will be followed up later in the month with a series of afternoon and evening workshops to explore the findings (particularly any ‘gaps’) in more depth.  Throughout April we’ll be looking at this data in more depth, with a few to further workshops if necessary.  In May the working party will be exploring the draft planning policies that will support implementation of the Plan.

November 2015 update:

We’ve appointed a consultant (Enventure) to work with us on the survey stage of the Plan.  The survey has been honed by the working party over the month and we’ve also been working on an advertising scheme.  Our target is to get 1500 surveys completed and have been working on an incentive.  We have various ‘ambassadors’ in the village who have been assisting and spreading the word for us.

October 2015 update:

The consultation for Cottenham is now live and running until 5pm on 30th October.

To view a copy of our application please click here

To view the proposed designated area please Click here

For more information and to comment please visit www.scambs.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning  The application for the proposed Neighbourhood Area can also be viewed at South Cambridgeshire Hall in Cambourne or at the Parish Office/village noticeboards.

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