First Cambridge neighbourhood plan proposed by residents in South Newnham
The plans are designed to allow local communities to take a proactive approach in deciding the future of the places they live and work.
The Neighbourhood Plan
In terms of planning for future development, the Neighbourhood Plan can:
propose more development than the Local Plan
identify the most suitable sites for development
help to determine what type and design of development should take place
However, a Neighbourhood Plan cannot:
propose less growth in an area than is proposed in the Local Plan
prevent any development from ever taking place in an area
be prepared without community input and support
be in conflict with local, national or EU policies
Cambridge City Council has started consultation on the designation of a South Newnham neighbourhood area centred on Barton Road and the streets either side of it, as well as on the establishment of the South Newnham Neighbourhood Forum, the community group that is intending to prepare the plan.
The consultation at this point considers the area that will be included in the neighbourhood area.
Neighbourhood plans can be created by designated neighbourhood forums, in order to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood.
Councillor Kevin Blencowe, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport, said: “We welcome this first application for the establishment of a neighbourhood area and the forum that is prepared to create a neighbourhood plan for South Newnham. I respect and commend the enthusiasm and interest behind this. I hope that local residents and businesses will respond to the consultation.”
People that live, work or carry out business in the area are being invited to comment on the proposed designations between 20 January and 6 March, after which the council will make a decision as to whether to confirm the designations.
The designation applications can be inspected on the council’s website and at the Customer Services at Mandela House, Regent Street.