Neighbourhood Planning

Fordham Neighbourhood Plan Examination: Council's Decision September 2018

In July and August 2018, the Draft Fordham Neighbourhood Plan was examined by an independent examiner.  The examiner concluded that, subject to a small number of modifications, the plan meets the basic conditions and other legal requirements and may proceed to referendum. The Council's Decision Statement, Examiner's Report and referendum version of the Neighbourhood Plan are availble to download below.

For further information please visit the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan page. A paper copy of the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan (referendum version) is available for inspection at East Cambridgeshire District Council's Customer Service Centre at The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4EE

Details of the forthcoming referendum will be provided on the Council's website in due course.



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 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 MapPlan examined and Decision Statement issued, see Fordham Neighbourhood Plan Examination page for details.