News and Updates
The revised Local Plan was released by South Cambs District Council last week and confirmed that the councils are not just ploughing on with their plans for major developments at Bourn Airfield and West Cambourne, but are seeking to bring the timescales forward.
Bourn District Councillor Des O'Brien is today quoted in the Cambridge News:
There's a real sense of frustration among objectors," he said.
"It's as clear to neutral observers as it was to the inspector during the examination in public that a new settlements strategy alone fails on so many levels, and yet the councils are unwilling to listen. The announcement yesterday sends several clear signals.
"The councils have chosen to ignore one of the inspector's central criticisms. If all of the housing in the new planned period are concentrated in new settlements, then the councils have departed from their own sustainable development strategy, and must point to a new development strategy that protects the green belt at all costs.
"The announcement that Waterbeach and Bourn may come forward early in the planned period is a straightforward admission that they have failed with the delivery of Northstowe - certain now to be renamed Northslow. Delivery of new settlements - because of the infrastructure requirements - inevitably inevitably takes longer.
"Building car dependent settlements 10 and more miles from Cambridge and the places people work will be the ruination of South Cambridgeshire, and yet South Cambs are stubbornly pursuing this policy.
"What I have learned since becoming a district councillor is that our local authority would rather continue to be wrong that to admit to making a mistake. Unfortunately, it will be the residents of South Cambridgeshire who will have to live with the consequences of this intransigence."
Read the full article here.
A full public meeting is expected to be held in early January in Bourn for local people and interested parties - further details will be posted here as they become available.