Plans to provide 22,000 new jobs and 19,000 new homes across South Cambridgeshire up until 2031 has been recommended to a council meeting.
Sou th Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) cabinet member for planning policy and localism Pippa Corney backed the Local Plan proposals at her portfolio holder’s meeting last Tuesday (February 11), and reiterated that opposing views given during three extensive rounds of consultation showed that it is not possible to prepare a plan that has complete consensus.
SCDC’s draft plan would see a new town built north of Waterbeach, a new village at Bourn Airfield and a major extension to Cambourne to support new jobs being created.
During two earlier rounds of public consultation during 2012 and 2013, over 30,000 responses were received to help shape the draft plans put forward. More people preferred SCDC to focus on a plan to provide the necessary homes as part of new towns or villages, rather than excessive development in the green belt around Cambridge, or spreading lots of homes around existing villages.
The 5,000 new homes proposed in the draft plan are in addition to 14,000 homes already committed to in locations such as on the edge of Cambridge and at the new town of Northstowe.
Also included are plans for 540 homes in Sawston.
Cllr Corney said: “It is excellent news that so many people have had their say during the consultations over the last two years.
“At the beginning of the process people told us they would prefer a plan which focusses homes in new towns and villages, which we have done.
“However, we have received views on all sides of the debate which demonstrate that it is unrealistic to expect to prepare a plan that has complete consensus.
“We have listened to what has been said, but we have to make what has turned out to be tough choices on what is best for existing residents, our children’s children, as well as the district as a whole.
“Our economy makes the district one of the fastest growing in the country so high quality and well-connected homes are much needed to continue our success story and quality of life.”
The plan includes 900 homes built in six of the district’s larger villages which have the best services and public transport links.
Two new proposals have also been recommended, which could see small housing sites requested by parish councils in the Abingtons and Graveley included.
The parish councils for the Abingtons have already consulted and have support for plans to meet local people’s housing needs, and the results of the consultation in Graveley is expected before the end of February.
Great and Little Abington Parish Councils requested three small sites which will include both market and affordable housing.
The plots on Linton Road and on the corner of the High Street and Pampisford Road in Great Abington could see 47 homes built, and a further six homes at Bancroft Farm, Church Lane, Little Abington.
Graveley Parish Council’s plans would see 12 homes built at Manor Farm on the corner of the High Street and Papworth Road, with a further six homes on Toseland Road.
During the final round of public consultation over 7,000 comments were received.
These will be considered by an independent planning inspector when the plan is submitted to government for the final determination whether it is sound.
Councillors at the meeting on March 13 will decide whether to submit the plan to government.
All representations made during the consultations can be viewed online at www.scambs.gov.uk/localplan
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