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First Cambridge neighbourhood plan proposed by residents in South Newnham

By Ben Comber

25 06 16 Cambridge views, Sheeps Green, near Newnham. Picture: Keith Heppell
25 06 16 Cambridge views, Sheeps Green, near Newnham. Picture: Keith Heppell

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.


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