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Stapleford and Great Shelford Neighbourhood Plan

A Neighbourhood Plan for Stapleford Cambridge and Great Shelford is being created so that villagers can set out their views and aspirations for Great Shelford.

Housing needs public meeting

Most of you know that your two Parish Councils have agreed to formulate a joint Neighbourhood Plan. There are a number of benefits from doing this, not least that it will give us more control over decisions on planning and development in the two villages, rather than those decisions being taken for us by the District and County Councils. This is crucial for both villages.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has already conducted extensive consultations with residents. A major part of the jigsaw is the Housing Needs Survey, which was circulated to all residents in the Spring. On 5 September you will have your chance to review and comment on the survey in the Great Shelford Memorial Hall at 7pm. Please do make every effort to come along – it is your chance to influence the way in which your villages develop.

The Housing Needs Surveys are on these websites: http://greatshelfordparishcouncil.gov.uk/ and https://sites.google.com/site/staplefordonline/stapleford-parish-council Also copies in Great Shelford Library. If you need further information or details of the meeting, please contact Mike Nettleton on 721366/07905 356468.

Nigel Pett – Chair Stapleford Parish Council
Mike Nettleton – Chair Great Shelford Parish Council

January update

The Stapleford Cambridge and Great Shelford Neighbourhood Plan now has its own dedicated website.

Neighbourhood Planning gives communities the power to shape the future development of their area. The aim of the website is to be informative and interactive so that everyone in the village can contribute to the development of the Plan.

A Plan for Great Shelford and Stapleford should enable villagers to decide where we want any new homes, shops or offices to be built and what those new buildings should look like.

November update

The meeting on 5 October was well attended – nearly 60 people including representatives from other parishes and authorities wanting to know where we were and benefit from our start-up. They did benefit and it was a useful dialogue for everyone.


What have we done so far? These bullet points show that the steering group has:

  • Defined region and applied for recognition with SCDC

  • Started consultation work with all stake holders at village shows, through letters to business in the widest context and through general conversations

  • Considered the design of a website

  • Used social media to inform communities.


    It was very gratifying to hear from Bridget Smith of Gamlingay Neighbourhood Plan that what we have done mirrors much of their work and also areas of concentration. She was warmly applauded for her contribution and rightly so and all were grateful to her for giving her time to us.


    From the previous meetings and consultations these broad key aspects have arisen but I is not an exhaustive list - 

  • Green belt – address its erosion and look to our landscape, how we access green areas through footpaths and bridleways, and the overall sustainable environment.

  • Village Infrastructure – recreational facilities, social facilities, health services, community facilities, shopping, business opportunities

  • Transport – traffic flow, parking, buses, cycle routes and trains

  • Development - specific areas in the villages with scope to secure design improvements to proposed developments, housing development and especially affordable housing needs specifically for those with local connections who can be provided for on exception sites.


    Members of the community were asked to join the aspect of their choice to initiate discussion with four volunteer collators and some real concerns were considered. The next steps are for those who linked themselves to these groups to meet and begin to consider formulating a questionnaire. It may be that the groups will have to be even further devolved to accommodate all of the work and interests. Life changes.


    Please get involved. It is your community. You will have to be involved because before the plan can be ratified and become part of the overall planning evidence for our community there has to be a referendum. Yes, we have to hold one to see if you agree.


    If you could not attend the meeting but are really interested then please send your contact details and areas of interest/expertise to Beckie Whitehouse – staplefordparishclerk@gmail.com.


October update

The final deadline for people to make comments on the neighbourhood area consultation for Stapleford and Great Shelford is 2 November 2016.  

If you wish to make comments you can do so by:

Website: www.scambs.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning

Email: neighbourhood.planning@scambs.gov.uk

Post: Caroline Hunt, Planning Policy Manager, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA

September update:

Your interest and skills are needed!

What do you value about our two communities? What would you like to see changed? How can we improve the daily lives of every one in our communities? How can we cope with the increase in traffic through our villages? How can we contribute to the wider debate on the issues of the A1307, A1301, A505, and many other transport and housing issues which will impact on us all?

The Parish Councils and members of the planning group are continuing with the initial work to develop the plan. Since the last article there have been two opportunities at the Stapleford Village Show and at the Shelford Feast for people to ask questions about the ideas and progress. This is part of the consultation systems which are required and readers will recall that we are working together because our two parishes are geographically close and linked as a unit in the local plan. The two parishes share the concerns of housing, transport, green belt, countryside access, shops and businesses. Not least members of our two communities emphasised the need for better and more recreation facilities, Health Centre provision, speed limit reductions and affordable housing. These community facilities and the overall infrastructure are elements which have been stressed at meetings and at the two shows. We need to manage growth for the good of the local communities.

Whilst several people indicated their willingness to be involved we now need a substantive list of people who will take on tasks. We have to get the whole community involved not just those who read the village magazines therefore we intend to use social media to contact all members of the community. Do you have planning experience, are you a transport specialist, can you interrogate spreadsheets, are you an avid reader of national documents and can précis them? There are many tasks and YOU have the skills we need.

So here is the challenge to you all – send to our group secretary what you consider you value and do not want changed, what you would like to see changed and how you will help. Beckie Whitehouse has the email of staplefordparishclerk@gmail.com and phone number 845328

Thank you for being willing to contribute to this crucial work.


Bridgid Hodge  (GS) 842553 and Nigel Pett (ST) 843278

May update:
Neighbourhood Plan roadshows are being planned for the early summer. Watch this space for the dates when they are announced.

March update: Great Shelford Vice Chairman Councillor Bridget Hodge reported that a Neighbourhood Plan meeting had been poorly attended. Improved circulation of events to be considered with at least an article in Village News as proof of consultation was necessary.
Update on Neighbourhood Plan progress and Funding Status (from Great Shelford Parish Council meeting on Feb 17)  

Councillor Bridget Hodge reported that the Neighbourhood Plan and Village meeting on 26th January 2016 was attended by approximately 40 people. 

It had been agreed to set up a joint working fund between Stapleford and Great Shelford to progress consultation via dedicated website etc. A grant for the preparation of the Plan was being pursued but if achieved would only likely cover £8k of the estimated £12k costs. 

Clerk to arrange with Stapleford Clerk a £2k Great Shelford support for a joint £4k working fund on the Neighbourhood Plan.

These are notes from the Neighbourhood Plan meeting in January 2016. (From the Stapleford Parish Council website)

• Need to maintain green belt between Cambridge Southern Fringe and the villages
• Need for housing mix to meet needs of residents (last housing needs survey was carried out in 2004 we need more up to date info – another survey?).
• Need for affordable housing
• Need for one level housing for older people – bungalows being replaced by large houses.
• Need for smaller units for down sizers and first time buyers
• Restriction on large houses (too elitist e.g. Mingle Lane).
• Need for attention to be paid to design of housing (update VDS and Village Plan as part N.P.)
Green belt/Access
• Protect green belt to preserve the setting of the village
• Identify and preserve green spaces
• Talk to Jesus College about ‘Great Shelford meadows’ – fields from Rectory Farm to Hauxton by river
Footpaths/Cycle paths
• Need more and to be linked to provide circular routes
• Rights of way (ROW) should be considered in every new development
• ROW should be multi use
• Sustrans Route 11 from the station should be built
• Connect Gt and Little Shelford recs with a bridge over the river
• Footpath across Hobson’s Brook from the Hectare
• Non-vehicle access to Wandlebury Country Park and Magog Down
• Need audit of community facilities to identify gaps
• Need to extend into the Grange Field with different facilities for different groups
• Are the present sites adequate to meet the needs of the growing population?
Health Centre
• Need for additional parking
• Is above capacity – needs to grow – small sections of 106 money are inadequate to meet expansion
• Could it expand onto the adjoining site?
• If not suggest Health Centre could be part of a redeveloped village hall – (enough parking?)
• Can it take pressure off Addenbrookes by providing additional care?
• Will the station be unmanned?
• Will the crossing be shut?
• Need for station parking
• Need for footbridge
• Re-open line to Haverhill
• Integration of work buses with public buses
• Need for express version of Citi 7 which links employment centres
• Need for real time bus info
• If buses were more reliable and faster could reduce the traffic going through the villages
• Buses could link into Addenbrookes hub and then onto busway for faster journey
• More effective community transport – 7A has no-one on it
• Complete Sustrans route 11
• More village cycle parks
• Rented cycle park
• Need to put down marker to disadvantage those who use the villages as a ratrun
• 20mph speed limit?
• Integration of fares
• Local businesses need support with infrastructure

November 2014 update

Cllrs Hodge and Fane said that the recent Public Meeting had gone well.  About a dozen enthusiastic villagers attended.  Alison Talkington and David Roberts (both SCDC) gave helpful presentations and advice.  The main advantage of a Neighbourhood Plan was that the Village would receive 25% of any Community Infrastructure Funds (CIL) instead of 15%.  The Parish Council would lead the process, but there must be community involvement and wide consultation.  Issues needed to be identified.  Before a Plan could be finalised, a public referendum, with a more than 50%  “yes” vote, was required.  Funding up to £7,000 was available.  A further tranche would be released in April.  There was considerable enthusiasm for updating and expanding the existing Village Design Statement.  Little Shelford and Stapleford, along with Great Shelford, could be regarded as one neighbourhood.  The Council agreed that there should be a further meeting in mid-January.

A Village Plan is being created so that villagers can set out their views and aspirations for Great Shelford. A decision to go ahead with creating a plan was made at the Parish Council meeting on October 15.

The Plan is likely to consider progressing a formal neighbourhood development plan, giving the plan (to include an updated Village Design Statement) some teeth in planning terms.
The views of the wider village community will be be sought at the earliest stage, starting with a public meeting in the Memorial Hall, probably in November; 

Other people in the village, possibly also in neighbouring villages, should be involved in any working group. Cllr  Hodge has agreed in principle to chair the working group, at least in its initial stages. 

The Memorial Hall has been booked for an Open Meeting on 14 November at 7.30 pm and 2 experts from SCDC have been invited to speak.