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19,500 homes on way in South Cambridgeshire as local plan is adopted


By Josh Thomas, Local Democracy Reporter


Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer. Picture: Keith Heppell

Waterbeach new town, Bourn Airfield village and new homes for Cambourne, Cherry Hinton and the Cambridge fringe are included

Job locations and housing sites in South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge city Local Plan, approved by a government inspector in August 2018
Job locations and housing sites in South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge city Local Plan, approved by a government inspector in August 2018

New towns are on their way in South Cambridgeshire after the district council officially adopted a new local plan – but there are concerns that new homes will “destroy” beautiful landscapes and will “come back to haunt” councillors.

The plan, which is intended to deliver 22,000 jobs and 19,500 new homes by 2031 in South Cambridgeshire, was approved by councillors at a South Cambridgeshire District Council full council meeting on Thursday September 27.

Earlier this month, government inspectors who were independently reviewing the plan reported that they had found it sound.

Cllr Bridget Smith, Liberal Democrat leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, paid tribute to the work put in by officers getting the plan together.

A vision of how Waterbeach new town could look
A vision of how Waterbeach new town could look

“We are eternally grateful to them,” she said . “We know it has been extraordinarily difficult and it is a complex plan. Many officers have spent evenings here, working late into the night.”

The plan has taken several years to reach this stage and began life under a Conservative administration.

There was wide support for the plan – only Conservative Cllr Mark Howell, who represents Caxton and Papworth at the council, opposed the plans, saying they would eventually “haunt” councillors who approved them.

The plan has taken several years to reach this stage and began life under a Conservative administration.

Bourn Airfield Masterplan - Countryside
Bourn Airfield Masterplan - Countryside

“Infrastructure should be in place before houses are built at Bourn Airfield and not after,” he said. “It will come back to haunt you.”

Cllr Howell said Cllr Tumi Hawkins had previously raised concerns the plan could “destroy beautiful environments”.

He said that, while Cllr Hawkins now supported the plan, he shared these fears, and worried about the impact of thousands of new homes.

Aidan Van de Weyer, deputy leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, assured Cllr Howell that proper transport infrastructure would be put in to cope with the additional houses.

Bridget Smith, the leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridget Smith, the leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council. Picture: Keith Heppell

“We will be working to ensure infrastructure is developed in a timely manner for the houses, not afterwards,” he said.

“By voting for this local plan now, we will be helping develop jobs, houses and communities.”

Adoption of the local plan means it can act as a planning blueprint for the district.

The plan also contains the key housing sites the council will be expecting to see developed over the coming years.

Only a proportion of the homes at the larger sites would be built by 2031:

• A new town north of Waterbeach – approximately 8,000-9,000 homes

• A new village at Bourn Airfield – approximately 3,500 homes

• An expansion to Cambourne to the west – planning permission has already been granted for 2,350 homes

• Homes on land north of Cherry Hinton and west of Teversham – 1,200 homes (420 in South Cambridgeshire. The remaining homes are in Cambridge city)

• Around 900 homes in the better served south Cambridgeshire villages

• Continue to develop Northstowe – around 10,000 homes

• Continue to build homes in existing growth sites on the edge of Cambridge (Southern Fringe, Cambridge East, Darwin Green and Eddington)

The plans also allow for the extension of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke’s and the Peterhouse Technology Park on Fulbourn Road.

The inspectors’ final reports can be found by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk/local-plan-examination.

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