Neighbourhood Planning

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Designation of Reach Neighbourhood Area - 18 February 2019

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


Change to Witchford Neighbourhood Area - 06 February 2019

In November 2018, Witchford Parish Council submitted an application to amend its existing Neighbourhood Area. The change is necessary to align the Neighbourhood Area with the new parish boundary, which will be amended following a Community Governance Review. 

The Council has approved Witchford Parish Council's application, and amended the Neighbourhood Area accordingly. The following report sets out the Council's decision:

Report: Amendment to Witchford Neighbourhood Area

A map of the Neighbourhood Area is available to download from the table at the bottom of this page.


Designation of Swaffham Bulbeck Neighbourhood Area - 07 January 2019

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


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 has appointed an independent 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.


Fordham Neighbourhood Plan successful at referendum - 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:

Fordham Neighbourhood Plan

The Fordham Neighbourhood Plan was formally 'made' by East Cambridgeshire District Council on 18 December 2018.

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 seven designated Neighbourhood Areas in East Cambridgeshire, covering the parishes of Bottisham, Cheveley, Fordham, Reach, Sutton, Swaffham Bulbeck and Witchford.  A map showing all designated Neighbourhood Areas in the district is available to download below:

Map of designated Neighbourhood Areas (Feb 19)

The table provides a summary of each neighbourhood planning project in the district. For further information, please contact the relevant parish or town council.

Qualifying bodyDate N'hood Area designatedMap of Neighbourhood AreaCurrent Stage
Sutton Parish Council08 January 2015Sutton Neighbourhood Area MapThe draft Sutton Neighbourhood Plan was submitted in November 2018, see the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan examination page for info.
Bottisham Parish Council12 February 2016Bottisham Neighbourhood Area Map 
Witchford Parish Council26 August 2016; amended 06 February 2019Witchford Neighbourhood Area Map 
Fordham Parish Council21 December 2017Fordham Neighbourhood Area Map
'Made' Neighbourhood Plan
Cheveley Parish Council10 December 2018Cheveley Neighbourhood Area Map 
Swaffham Bulbeck Parish Council07 January 2019Swaffham Bulbeck Neighbourhood Area Map 
Reach Parish Council18 February 2019

Reach Neighbourhood Area Map