Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning allows 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, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Order 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 East Cambridgeshire District Council, the Neighbourhood Plan, Neighbourhood Development Orders or Community Right to Build Order will form part of the Development Plan for East Cambridgeshire and will be used in determining planning applications in the area. 


Latest News

Referendum to take place on Haddenham and Aldreth Neighbourhood Plan,  29 September 2022.

Haddenham Parish Council recently submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to East Cambs District Council for examination. The Examiner has concluded that, subject to some modifications to the submitted Plan, it can now proceed to a referendum. To view the plan and find out more about the upcoming referendum, please visit the Haddenham and Aldreth Neighbourhood Plan page.


Designation of Littleport parish area as a 'Neighbourhood Area', 3 August 2022.

Following an application by Littleport Parish Council on 26 July 2022, the parish of Littleport was successfully designated as a 'Neighbourhood Area' on 3 August 2022. Littleport is the twelfth parish area in East Cambridgeshire to be designated, and paves the way for Littleport Parish Council to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for its area, should it choose to do so.


Consultation on the submitted Swaffham Bulbeck Neighbourhood Plan, July and August 2022.

Swaffham Bulbeck Parish Council has submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to East Cambridgeshire District Council for consultation and subsequent examination. East Cambridgeshire District Council invited comments on the submitted plan during July and August 2022. The Plan has now moved to its examination stage, by an independent examiner. To view the plan and other latest news, please visit the Swaffham Bulbeck Neighbourhood Plan page.


Neighbourhood Planning in East Cambridgeshire

The Fordham Neighbourhood Plan, Sutton Neighbourhood PlanWitchford Neighbourhood Plan and Isleham Neighbourhood Plan have been formally 'made' by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

Designated Neighbourhood Areas are shown on the Map of Designated Neighbourhood Areas (August 2022)

The following table provides a summary of each neighbourhood planning project in the district. For further information, please contact the relevant parish or town council.


Qualifying bodyDate N'hood Area designatedMap of Neighbourhood AreaCurrent StageDate Plan formally 'made'
Sutton Parish Council08 Jan 2015; amended 27 May 2021Sutton Neighbourhood Area Map

Plan made - download the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan.

30 May 2019
Bottisham Parish Council12 Feb 2016Bottisham Neighbourhood Area Map  
Witchford Parish Council26 Aug 2016; amended 06 Feb 2019Witchford Neighbourhood Area MapPlan made - download the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan21 May 2020
Fordham Parish Council21 Dec 2017Fordham Neighbourhood Area Map
Plan made - download the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan
18 Dec 2018
Cheveley Parish Council10 Dec 2018Cheveley Neighbourhood Area Map  
Swaffham Bulbeck Parish Council07 Jan 2019Swaffham Bulbeck Neighbourhood Area MapPlan submitted June 2022 - see Swaffham Bulbeck Neighbourhood Plan page 
Reach Parish Council18 Feb 2019

Reach Neighbourhood Area Map

SEA Determination Statement published August 2021 
Isleham Parish Council21 Feb 2019Isleham Neighbourhood Area MapPlan made - download the Isleham Neighbourhood Plan.19 May 2022
Soham Parish Council12 Jun 2019Soham Neighbourhood Area Map  
Haddenham Parish Council06 Aug 2019; amended 10 June 2021Haddenham Neighbourhood Area MapReferendum September 2022 - see Haddenham and Aldreth Neighbourhood Plan page. 
Mepal Parish Council28 February 2022Mepal Neighbourhood Area Map  
Littleport Parish Council3 August 2022Littleport Neighbourhood Area Map  

If you require accessible documents please email East Cambs District Council Strategic Planning Team.