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, 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

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

Designated Neighbourhood Areas in East CambridgeshireDesignated Neighbourhood Areas are shown on the Map of Neighbourhood Areas (Aug 19) (pdf)

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 2015Sutton 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 Map  
Reach Parish Council18 Feb 2019

Reach Neighbourhood Area Map

Isleham Parish Council21 Feb 2019Isleham Neighbourhood Area Map  
Soham Parish Council12 Jun 2019Soham Neighbourhood Area Map  
Haddenham Parish Council06 Aug 2019Haddenham Neighbourhood Area Map