The South Newnham Neighbourhood Forum 

The South Newnham Neighbourhood Forum was initiated by a group of local residents in 2016. Its primary objective was to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan with the help of the local residents following a series of neighbourhood workshops with the community. 

Forum 'designated' by Cambridge City Council

An application for designation was submitted by the Forum committee in January 2017 and there followed  a six-week consultation by the City Council where all comments were considered. A report was prepared for the Development Plan Sub-Committee, on Wednesday 22 March 2017, where the formal designation decisions were approved by the Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport without amendments.


The Forum and the South Newnham Neighbourhood Area were formally ‘designated’ by the local planning authority, Cambridge City Council, in March 2017 under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011 and of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as the “South Newnham Neighbourhood”.

Thank you once again to the people of South Newnham for all of your help in achieving this major accomplishment.

Would you like to join the Forum?

The Forum is looking for people who may not have a lot of time to offer, but who are interested in their community, have life and/or professional skills to offer, and would like to get a bit more involved as the Neighbourhood Plan is developed.  

Please just send a request for an application or fill out the application form and send it to the following email address:-







Currently there are 45 members of the Neighbourhood Forum.

Officers for 2020-21are:- 

Chair, Jean Glasberg; Treasurer, Jean Bevan

Other members of the Management Committee are: - Hugh Clough, Andrew Whitaker and Roger Sewell.

Thank you


Thank you to the Cambridge City Council Planning Team for advice, and for providing large-scale maps of the area to use in the 2017/18 community workshops.


Thank you to The Scout Hut, the Red Bull pub and Wolfson College for providing rooms for the Workshops.


Thanks to everyone in the community who is helping put this together by contributing their ideas and helping on the practical side.

Questions?  Contact:

Our previous meetings have been with the planners at the City Council, and as this is the first NP in Cambridge it is all pretty new for them.


The City Planning Department has recently joined with South Cambs so this meeting was also with a planning officer who has considerable experience of seeing neighbourhood plans through the whole process to approval from the Inspector, for example in Histon and Impington.  


Two additional documents are now required, a Statement of Conditions and a Consultation Statement.  The Statement of Conditions document needs to show how all the policies proposed for the NP match with policies in the National Planning Policy Framework and Cambridge Local Plan 2018, while the Consultation Statement needs to summarise all the meetings and consultations that have been held on the NP and how feedback has been incorporated.


Although we have all the information required it will take considerable work to craft our information into these documents, particularly as we will be endeavouring to do this alongside the further consultations that we were already planning to have for each of our separate ‘neighbourhood  areas’; A - Newnham Croft , B - Barton Road and surrounds,

C-  Grantchester Street and surrounds, and D - Gough Way. 


Working parties are addressing these revisions and new documents so that members of the committee can focus on different areas.  Fliers will be sent to all who live, work and own property in South Newnham in due course, to invite them to community meetings where the revised NP will be presented and further feedback sought.

South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City are seeking to form a new combined Local Plan and requesting input from the local communities for comment. Forum members are trying to address concerns that may affect our Neighbourhood Area.

Thanks are due to everyone who has walked along South Newnham streets and green spaces, counting houses and noting down architectural details, unusual features, wildlife, trees, little pathways and the like. It is a team effort and, though hard work, also very enjoyable. If you want to get involved, please let the Forum know.

Update March 2020

Due to the Corona Virus and the work required for the New Greater Local Plan, work on our Neighbourhood Plan, a Statement of Conditions and a Consultation Statement has been curtailed. the majority of members working on these documents have been advised, like many others, to self-isolate. Efforts will still be made however to interact with Council officers who are working on the Greater Cambridgeshire Local Plan in an effort to influence how the new plan policies will impact our area. Committee, Consultation and Discussion meetings will cease until further notice.

Latest Update August to November 2021

The Forum Committee met in August to discuss how to progress work on our Neighbourhood Plan with Councillor Dr Markus Gehring. Work is now ongoing with a view to meet again late in December to review progress on a Neighbourhood Plan rewrite to incorporate comments we have received and new Consultation Documents and revised views,