Neighbourhood Planning

Draft Sutton Neighbourhood Plan consultation - 16 July to 10 Sept 2018

Sutton Parish Council has published its draft Neighbourhood Plan for consultation (Reg.14). To view the draft plan and provide feedback, please visit Sutton Parish Council's website at

Please note, comments on the draft plan must be received by Sutton Parish Council on or before Monday 10 September 2018. 

Independent Examination of Fordham Neighbourhood Plan - July & August 2018

Fordham Parish Council has submitted its Draft Neighbourhood Plan to East Cambridgeshire District Council. The Council published the Draft Fordham Neighbourhood Plan in May and June 2018 for a period of six weeks. 

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan will now be examined by an independent examiner to test whether the plan meets the basic conditions and other matters. Further information about the independent examination is available from the government's National Planning Practice Guidance webpages. The Draft Fordham Neighbourhood Plan, and a suite of accompanying documents, are available to view online and download from the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan Examination webpage. 

A paper copy of the draft Fordham Neighbourhood Plan is available for inspection at East Cambridgeshire District Council's Customer Service Centre  at The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4EE.


About Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning is a new option for communities to decide the future of the places where they live.  Neighbourhood Planning can include a number of planning documents prepared by local communities:

  • Neighbourhood Development Plans
  • Neighbourhood Development Orders (NDO)
  • Community Right to Build Order (CRtBO)

Neighbourhood Plans, NDOs and CRtBOs can be used to add more detail to the policies in the Council’s plans, or cover other aspects appropriate to the aspirations of the community living in the area. 

Once ‘made’ by the Council, the Neighbourhood Plan, NDO or CRtBO will form part of the Development Plan for East Cambridgeshire and will be used in determining planning applications in the area.

Find out more about the neighbourhood planning process



Neighbourhood Planning in East Cambridgeshire

There are currently four designated Neighbourhood Areas in East Cambridgeshire, covering the parishes of Bottisham, Fordham, Sutton and Witchford.  For further information about each Neighbourhood Planning project, please contact the relevant parish or town council.


Qualifying bodyDate Neighbourhood Area designatedMap of Neighbourhood AreaCurrent Stage
Sutton Parish Council08 January 2015Sutton Neighbourhood Area MapReg. 14 pre-submission consultation, please visit
Bottisham Parish Council12 February 2016Bottisham Neighbourhood Area Map 
Witchford Parish Council26 August 2016Witchford Neighbourhood Area Map 
Fordham Parish Council21 December 2017Fordham Neighbourhood Area MapPlan currently being examined, see Fordham Neighbourhood Plan Examination page for details.