Witchford Neighbourhood Plan

On Thursday 19 March 2020, the Council held a referendum through which local people had the opportunity to vote on whether the Council should use the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan in taking planning decisions. The referendum results are as follows:

  • Number of votes cast in favour of a 'yes' - 572
  • Number of votes cast in favour of a 'no' - 25
  • Number of rejected ballots- 2
The turnout was 31.10%.
 
Of those who voted, the majority voted in favour of the plan. The plan now has the legal status of a 'made' Neighbourhood Plan and will be formally made by East Cambridgeshire District Council, in due course.
 
For the purpose of transparency, please be aware that a legal challenge has been lodged by an external party against the Plan on the grounds that, in summary, the Plan has not complied with legislative requirements. However, the status of the Plan is unaffected until the challenge is concluded. We have no timeframe for when that conclusion may be reached.

Electronic copies of the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan and related documents are available to download below. A paper copy of the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan, the Decision Statement and Examiner's Report are available for inspection at the Council's Customer Service Centre.

Document Library

Referendum Documents

1Witchford Neighbourhood Plan (Referendum Version)
2Examiner's Report into Witchford Neighbourhood Plan
3Decision Statement - ECDC's decision on the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan
4Information Statement
5Timetable
6Notice of Referendum

Submission Documents

1Witchford Neighbourhood Plan (Submission Version)
2Consultation Statement
3Basic Conditions Statement
4SEA Determination Statement
5Local Green Spaces Report
6Area of Search (Education) Map
7.0List of Documentary Evidence 
7.1Documentary Evidence: General Plan Production
7.2Documentary Evidence: Landscape and Character
7.3Documentary Evidence: Green Infrastructure
7.4Documentary Evidence: Housing
7.5Documentary Evidence: Infrastructure
7.6Documentary Evidence: Traffic
7.7Documentary Evidence: Connectivity
7.8Documentary Evidence: Supporting Witchford's Micro Economy
8ECDC Letter to Confirm Plan Submission

Representations received during publication (Reg. 16)

1

Abbey Group on behalf of Seymour and Holdsworth

Supporting documents:

2Anglian Water
3Cerda Planning Ltd on behalf of Catesby Strategic Land Ltd
4Deloitte LLP on behalf of Church Commissioners for England
5East Cambridgeshire District Council
6Environment Agency
7Fletcher, J
8Gladman Developments Ltd
9Historic England
10Howes Percival LLP on behalf of Manor Oak Homes Ltd
11Natural England
12Savills on behalf of Bellway Homes Ltd (Eastern Counties)
13Wood on behalf of National Grid

Examination Documents

1Independent Examiner's Questions to Councils
2NPIERS Guidance to Service Users and Examiners
3ECDC response to Examiner's Questions
4.1Witchford Parish Council response to Examiner's Questions
4.2Witchford PC response - appendix 1
4.3Witchford PC response - appendix 2
4.4Witchford PC response - appendix 3

 

Notification of Council's decision

If the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan is successful at examination, the Council will proceed to hold a referendum in which local people will be invited to vote on the plan. Following referendum, the Council will take a decision on wether the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan should be formally made.

If you wish to be notified of the Council's decision (under regulation 19), please provide your contact information by email to planningpolicy@eastcambs.gov.uk, or by post to Strategic Planning, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE. All personal data will be managed in accordance with the Council's Privacy Notice.