Neighbourhood Planning

Designation of Cheveley Neighbourhood Area - 10 December 2018

Following submission of a Neighbourhood Area application by Cheveley Parish Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council has designated Cheveley parish as a Neighbourhood Area for the puposes of neighbourhood planning. A map showing the boundary of the Cheveley Neighbourhood Area is available to download at the bottom of this page.


Sutton Neighbourhood Plan Submission - 28 November 2018

Sutton Parish Council has submitted its Neighbourhood Plan for independent examination. To view the Plan, please visit the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan examination page. Paper copies are available for inspection at the Council's Customer Service Centre during normal opening times.

The Council will appoint an examiner to conduct the examination. The examiner will determine whether the plan meets the basic conditions and other legal requirements.

If successful at examination, a referendum will be held allowing local people to vote on whether the plan should be used by the Council in determining planning applications.

Have your say

To have your say on the submitted Sutton Neighbourhood Plan, please send your comments:

  • by email to; or
  • by post to Strategic Planning, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EE

All comments must be received on or before Thursday 17 January 2019.


Fordham Neighbourhood Plan 'Made' - 08 November 2018

On 08 November 2018, the Council held a referendum on whether the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan should be used in deciding planning applications in Fordham. The neighbourhood Plan was supported by the majority of voters, with 87% of votes in favour of the plan. The Fordham Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of East Cambridgeshire's Development Plan and will be used by the Council in taking planning decisions. The Fordham Neighbourhood Plan is available to download from the following link:

In December 2018, the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan will be formally 'made' by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

A paper copy of the 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

The Fordham Neighbourhood Plan became part of the district's Development Plan, following referendum on 08 November 2018.

There are five designated Neighbourhood Areas in East Cambridgeshire, covering the parishes of Bottisham, Cheveley, 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 completed, please visit for details.
Bottisham Parish Council12 February 2016Bottisham Neighbourhood Area Map 
Witchford Parish Council26 August 2016Witchford Neighbourhood Area Map 
Fordham Parish Council21 December 2017Fordham Neighbourhood Area Map
'Made' Neighbourhood Plan
Cheveley Parish Council10 December 2018Cheveley Neighbourhood Area Map