Local Plan proposed changes announced June 2013 and revised September 2013
SCDC revised 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 were 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.
Update 17th March 2014
South Cambs has voted on 13th March 2014 to submit their Local Plan for ormal inspecting. This includes the Bennel Farm Site (h12) which dramatically impacts Comberton.
Update 22nd September
The original four sites proposed in 2012 for Comberton, out of the original nine submitted in 2011, are NOT to be in the new plan - in line with Parish views - BUT a new proposal for 90 houses at Bennell Farm , plus football pitch and changing facilities for TOFT and additional car park for CVC is in the Local Plan for 2016 onwards.
Comberton Parish Council is seeking any further comments on this proposal, since its last consultation earlier in the year. Subject to review of any comments recived then at the October Parish Council Meeting the following response, objecting to the development will be approved.
Furthermore Comberton is to be reclassified as a Minor Rural Centre, which means that the restriction on houses per development rises from 8 to 30.
Comberton Parish Council objection to the reclassification of Comberton as a Minor Rural Centre in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan for 2016 onward is here.
The A14 improvement scheeme scheme involves improving the A14 trunk road between Cambridge and Huntingdon, together with widening works on the A1 between Alconbury and Brampton, over a total length of approximately 25 miles.
The Highways Agency is carry out a series of consultation exercises with the public and community, local businesses, local authorities and others with an interest in the scheme. This first stage, in September and October 2013, seeks to establish a “preferred route” for the scheme. Later stages of consultation, to take place in 2014, will help then refine plans and develop a detailed scheme proposal. To see the consultation document click here, or more info can be seen at the consultation website.
TRANSPORT Improvements being recommended by Cambridge County Council:
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