PROGRESS UPDATE

The first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan was shared with Forum members at the AGM on 23 May 2019. It has since been revised based on the feedback received, and the advice and information gained through meetings with the City's Sustainability Officer.  

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.

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,

Update March 2022

On the 8th March 2022 we held our 2022 Annual General Meeting via Zoom

(see Minutes of Meeting Ref SNNF-AGM-2022 Rev 01)

The meeting was attended by 19 members plus two Councillors , Cllr Dr Markus Gehring, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha.

Prior to the meeting we had issued our  "Review of Activities and Achievements 2017 -2022" to all attendees to show the work the Forum had carried out over the past 5 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the review by Council Officers, in October 2019 of the first draft of our Neighbourhood Plan, the Forum has now completed its third draft as well as the required statement of Conditions and Consultation Documents. These documents are undergoing final proof reading before meeting with Council Officers.

The Forum was designated for five years so Forum members were asked if they wanted to ask for re-designation to enable the third draft plan to be taken to formal public consultation.

This was put to vote at the AGM and passed in favour unanimously.

As no other members wished to apply to the Management Committee, votes were taken to ask if the existing Committee would volunteer for a further year and this again was passed unanimously. Posts for Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer were duly elected.