Planning


Two major housing developments have been proposed for Little Shelford.

One proposal would include up to 185 new homes on fields north of Church Street, Little Shelford with access from Hauxton Road. It could include a car park for the Church and some footpaths.

A second proposal would see up to 40 homes on fields along Newton Road.

And a third proposal for five homes has been suggested for land east of 13 Newton Road.

“The (north of Church Street) site is under option to a developer who is committed to developing the site without delay,” says the planning report.

“Assuming the site secures an allocation in the emerging Greater Cambridge Local Plan, an application could be progressed immediately and could start to deliver in 2024/25 and complete in 2029.”

The suggested developments are a long way from reality. The proposals have been made as part of a ‘First Conversation’ consultation to create a new Local Plan for the area by 2023.

Developers and landowners have put forward their initial proposals for homes across sites in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

The first wave of the consultation took place in January and February. The next public consultation stage is planned for Autumn 2021.

These proposals are not planning applications. Councils stress that none of the suggested sites have any real planning status at this stage and far more land for development has been suggested than will be required to meet the area’s housing needs.

The Greater Cambridge Local Plan will set out where development in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire is allowed to happen, and what it should include – such as homes, business space, community facilities, shops, leisure facilities and green spaces. It will guide how development should help address current and future environmental, social and economic issues.

You can read the responses and a summary report on the Greater Cambridge Planning Service website: www.greatercambridgeplanning.org/localplan (The site can be challenging to navigate - you may find it easier to click on the links within the story to read about specific proposed schemes.)

A map of all the proposals can be seen here.

You can have your say about the proposals by contacting South Cambridgeshire District Councillors Peter Fane or Nick Semple or Little Shelford Parish Council.

Read the coverage in the Cambridge Independent.

Posted September 18 2020


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