Neighbourhood Planning

Latest news: Publication of Fordham Neighbourhood Plan - 17 May to 29 June 2018

Fordham Parish Council has submitted the Draft Fordham Neighbourhood Plan to East Cambridgeshire District Council for independent examination. The Council has now published the Draft Fordham Neighbourhood Plan and is inviting comments. Please make comments in writing - 

  • by email to:; or
  • by post to: Strategic Planning, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4EE.

The Draft Fordham Neighbourhood Plan, and a suite of accompanying documents, is available to view online and download from:

A paper copy of the draft Fordham Neighbourhood Plan is available for inspection at East Cambridgeshire District Council's Customer Service Centre  at The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4EE.

Comments must be received by 11.59pm on Friday 29 June 2018. All comments received and the names of persons who made comments, will be passed to the independent examiner for consideration. 

Please note, by participating in the consultation, you give consent to East Cambridgeshire District Council to hold your personal data until such time as the Neighbourhood Plan is made. 

Details of the forthcoming independent examination will be published on the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan Examination page in due course.


About Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning is a new option for communities to decide the future of the places where they live.  Neighbourhood Planning can include a number of planning documents prepared by local communities:

  • Neighbourhood Development Plans
  • Neighbourhood Development Orders (NDO)
  • Community Right to Build Order (CRtBO)

Neighbourhood Plans, NDOs and CRtBOs can be used to add more detail to the policies in the Council’s plans, or cover other aspects appropriate to the aspirations of the community living in the area. 

Once ‘made’ by the Council, the Neighbourhood Plan, NDO or CRtBO will form part of the Development Plan for East Cambridgeshire and will be used in determining planning applications in the area.

Find out more about the neighbourhood planning process


Neighbourhood Planning in East Cambridgeshire

There are currently four designated Neighbourhood Areas in East Cambridgeshire, covering the parishes of Bottisham, Fordham, Sutton and Witchford.  For further information about each Neighbourhood Planning project, please contact the relevant parish or town council.


Qualifying bodyDate Neighbourhood Area designatedMap of Neighbourhood Area
Sutton Parish Council08 January 2015Sutton Neighbourhood Area Map
Bottisham Parish Council12 February 2016Bottisham Neighbourhood Area Map
Witchford Parish Council26 August 2016Witchford Neighbourhood Area Map
Fordham Parish Council21 December 2017Fordham Neighbourhood Area Map