Over 1,600 people have voices heard at local plan consultation events

More than 1,600 residents and businesses have had their voices heard at a series of local plan consultation events and there are still two weeks left for people to have their say.

New options for supporting up to 30,000 new jobs being created in the district were suggested during a public consultation last summer, and this consultation, which began on January 7, seeks residents’ views on extra options for housing sites as well as where a possible community stadium could be located.

Thirteen consultation events have taken place across the district for residents and businesses to discuss the plans with council officers, ask questions and give their views.

Development plans remain on display at SCDC offices in Cambourne until the consultation closes at 5pm on today (Monday, February 18).

The plans can also be viewed by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk/ldf/localplan.

Responses can be made using the online form or by email and post.

Part of SCDC’s consultation will be run jointly with Cambridge City Council as it looks at sites for homes and jobs on the edge of Cambridge.

SCDC and Cambridge City councils will share all the responses given to the joint part of the consultation so there is no need to respond twice.

Views from this and last summer’s consultation will be used to draft development plans up to 2031.

A further consultation will then be carried out this summer and proposals will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for public examination around the end of the year.

Cllr Pippa Corney, SCDC cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “It has been great to see so many residents and businesses attending our public consultation events to review the options in their area, ask questions and give their views.

“At our last event in Cottenham we saw over 300 people come through the door, which demonstrates how passionately people feel about striking the right balance between providing for the future and protecting what makes the district the special and unique place that it is.

“I would urge anyone who hasn’t already, to review the plans and take the opportunity to have their say before the deadline.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 21) Echo.