Early in 2018 fliers were put through letterboxes and sent to everyone in the Neighbourhood Area and to the extended mailing list, asking for feedback on the seven basic statements that will form the backbone of the Neighbourhood Plan. There were nearly 100 replies; people gave thoughtful and valuable comments, all of which were collated and were used as the draft planning policies were put together.
Of those responding, 98% said YES to the draft headings, giving clear community support to the principles articulated through the community workshops in 2017/18 -- this is the community's plan and there will be a process of checking back at each stage to make sure the plan reflects what people want.
Click here to see the consultation flier that was sent in 2018 setting out the seven basic statements.
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,