Tell the Councils what you think of the Local Plan
The consultation ends on the 13th of December. If you have not yet commented then please do so now. If you do not know what to say then here are some suggestions.
The Local Plan (LP) is about all aspects of development in this area until 2041 and includes homes, jobs, biodiversity, infrastructure, wellbeing and social inclusion and climate change. The LP has been produced by Cambridge City Council and South Cambs District Council.
Greater Cambridge Shared Planning (GCP) have started an Online Consultation from Friday 5th November for six weeks.
The Consultation ends on the 13th December. Respond now!
Whereas this plan is being publicised as being very green there is no mention in the Local Plan that development at North East Cambridge is dependent on moving the sewage works to Green Belt at Honey Hill just outside Horningsea and Fen Ditton.
Save Honey Hill believes that producing a Local Plan without mention of the relocation of a major infrastructure project to Green Belt is disingenuous and lacking transparency. The councils will tell you that because a Development Consent Order (DCO) is required to see this relocation through, it is out of their hands.
- Save Honey Hill believes this is not so – they are hiding behind the DCO.
- Save Honey Hill believes the public have a right to know why it is being expected to give up Green Belt
- Save Honey Hill believes the public have the right to robustly question whether this relocation is a NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE project when in fact we already have a fully functioning sewage works with sludge treatment facilities.
Have your say
The Consultation will be available online on Friday 5th November until 5pm 13 December 2021.
Just in case you have never commented on a Local Plan, this is the process (it is not like other consultations). There are two ways to give feedback:
Quick anonymous comment
If you want to give your views anonymously about the big issues and main sites in the plan you can complete the quick questionnaire. This is where you can comment on the fact that the sewage works relocation to Green Belt has been left out of the “Development on Green Belt section” of the LP. You do not have to comment on all policies.
This is for Parish Councils, developers and groups such as SHH but is also open to individuals. It allows us to comment on individual policies or sites.
You will need to login or register (if not already registered) before being able to give feedback in the Detailed Comment:
- Click on the Policy in which you are interested.
- Read it and any supporting maps, tables and Topic Papers, and the relevant section of the Sustainability Assessment.
- Click on the comment point (purple speech bubble) to open the comment box and leave your feedback; you can add attachments.
- Always say whether you endorse or object to the policy and give reasons.
Official advice on making comments:
Here’s an excerpt from the GCP’s leaflet on making comments.
How to make comments
“You are encouraged to comment online
If you have difficulty commenting online, please contact the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Policy Team on 01954 713694 or email us at email@example.com
Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are working together to create a joint Local Plan for their combined districts – which we are referring to as Greater Cambridge.
Alternatively, you can make comments in writing using response forms available on the Councils’ websites or on request. Completed response forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or posted to: Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge, CB1 0JH
Comments can be made on these documents between 9am on Monday 1st November and 5pm on Monday 13th December 2021.
All comments received during the consultation period will be published. Please refer to our privacy notice for further details, which can be found on our website.”
Meetings and webinars
The GCP are holding webinars and drop in meetings throughout the consultation period.
- Saturday 27 November, 9am to 12pm: In-person drop-in event: Great Shelford Farmers Market
- Monday 29 November, 7pm: Local Plan team will be attending South Area Committee
- Thursday 2 December, 6.30pm: Local Plan team will be attending East Area Committee
They also have recordings of earlier webinars.
- Webinar on exploring Climate Change and Water Usage, 18 November 2021
- Webinar on exploring the sites and spatial strategy, 11 November 2021.
- Webinar on exploring the numbers for jobs and homes, 10 November 2021.
- Webinar introducing the Local Plan and how to get involved, 4 November 2021.
- Webinar on the Local Plan First Proposals, September 2021: Webinar video, slides from the webinar and answers to the questions which could not be answered within the time allowed for the webinar.
- Webinar on interim evidence base findings, November 2020: Webinar video, slides from the webinar
- Webinar on the First Conversation consultation and Call for Sites data release, September 2020: Webinar video, answers to the questions which could not be answered within the time allowed for the webinar.
GCP have specifically ask that e-mails and documents are not sent as they have to be entered on the database by hand and may get lost.