Local Plan proposed changes announced June 2013
SCDC are revising their Long Term Development Framework (LDF) for 2016 onwards. This originally raised a number of potential sites proposed for development which are within our Village boundary.
In May 2013 SCDC has announced, in conjunction with Cambridge City Council, the sites for major new developments since they affect the transport planning process which is ahead of the development plans. The details are expected to be made available in June 2013 but here is a summary of the parts directly impacting comberton as CPC know it.
Results of consultation on the appropriate balance between edge of Cambridge or new settlements and better served villages was strongest to protect the Green Belt.
New settlements are the next most sustainable location for growth.
Options of a new town at Waterbeach and a new village at Bourn Airfield have been identified.
The results of consultation supported concentration on new settlements rather than focus on edge of Cambridge due to Green Belt impacts.It offered some support to better served villages, although to a lesser extent than new settlements. There was concern about the impact on infrastructure, and village character.
Strategic options for new development in South Cambridgeshire focus on new settlements and previously established new settlements, with new allocations for:
- New town at Waterbeach Barracks – 8,000 homes, 1,400 of which by 2031.
- New village at Bourn Airfield – 3,500 homes, 1,470 of which by 2031.
- Cambourne West – 1,500 homes, all by 2031.These major sites will be supported by limited development at more sustainable villages in the order of 900 homes to provide flexibility and help ensure a continuous supply of housing land over the plan period, including if there is any delay in progress on any of the major sites. At the village level, development will be focused on the more sustainable villages with the best range of services and facilities, including taking account of opportunities to utilise previously developed land.(Note: the preferred village sites will be considered at South Cambridgeshire’s Planning Policy and Localism Portfolio Holder’s meeting in June)
Update 4th June
The original four sites proposed in 2012 for Comberton are likely NOT to be in the new plan - in line with Parish views - BUT the proposal for 95 houses at Bennell Farm , plus football pitch and changing facilities for TOFT and additional car park for CVC is likely to go ahead unless voted down by SCDC Councillors.
Furthermore Comberton is likely to be reclassified as a Minor Rural Centre, which means that the restriction on houses per development rises from 8 to 30.
more details later....
TRANSPORT Improvements being recommended
Junction capacity improvements.
In association with a new development at Cambourne West and Bourn Airfield
Medium to longer term
St Neots to Cambridge cycle route via Cambourne.
Park and Ride.
East West Rail.
A Smarter Choices package including residential, school and workplace travel planning.
previously in 2013