Neighbourhood Planning

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Submission of Witchford Neighbourhood Plan - 17 October 2019

On 17 October 2019, Witchford Parish Council submitted its draft Neighbourhood Plan to East Cambridgeshire District Council for independent examination. The draft Witchford Neighbourhood Plan and a collection of accompanying documents are available to download from the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan page.
The Council is currently inviting comments on the draft Witchford Neighbourhood Plan. Please send comments:
  • By email to, or 
  • By post to: Strategic Planning, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE
All comments must be received on or before Thursday 28 November 2019, and will be shared with the Independent Examiner.
Details of the forthcoming inependent examination will be made available in due course.

Designation of Haddenham Neighbourhood Area - 06 August 2019

On 19 June 2019, Haddenham Parish Council submitted an application to designate the whole of its parish as a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of neighbourhood planning.

Following a Community Governance Review (CGR) of parish boundaries, new parish boundaries were brought into effect by the Council in May 2019. Through implementing the CGR, the Sutton / Haddenham boundary was modified. A parcel of land at Hill Row Causeway, formerly located in Sutton Parish, is now located in Haddenham Parish.

The Sutton Neighbourhood Area follows the old (pre-CGR) parish boundary and therefore included the land at Hill Row Causeway. The Sutton Neighbourhood Plan passed referendum and was formally made by ECDC in May 2019.

The area which Haddenham Parish Council applied for follows the current parish boundary i.e. the parish boundary as modified by the CGR. Normally, applications to designate the whole of a parish boundary as a Neighbourhood Area do not require consultation and will be designated with immediate effect. However, as part of the area specified in the Haddenham Neighbourhood Area application falls within the designated Sutton Neighbourhood Area, this provision does not apply. The Council therefore published the Haddenham Neighbourhood Area application for public consultation for four weeks.

As Neighbourhood Areas cannot overlap, in designating the Haddenham Neighbourhood Area it was necessary to amend the proposed boundary to exclude the area located in Sutton’s Neighbourhood Area.

Designation of Soham Neighbourhood Area - 12 June 2019

Following submission of a Neighbourhood Area application by Soham Parish Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council has designated Soham parish as a Neighbourhood Area for the puposes of neighbourhood planning. A map showing the boundary of the Soham Neighbourhood Area is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Witchford Neighbourhood Plan consultation - 12 June to 25 July 2019

Witchford Parish Council has published its draft Neighbourhood Plan for public consultation (in accordance with Reg. 14). To view the plan and find out how you can have your say, please visit Witchford Parish Council's website.

Sutton Neighbourhood Plan formally 'made' - 30 May 2019

On 30 May 2019, East Cambridgeshire District Council formally 'made' the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan. The Sutton Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of East Cambridgeshire's Development Plan and is used when determining planning applications within the Sutton Neighbourhood Area.

The decision to adopt the Sutton neighbourhood Plan reflects the outcome of a referendum, held on 02 May 2019, through which the majority of voters supported the plan. 

To view the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents, please visit the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan page.

About 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

There are two made Neighbourhood Plans in East Cambridgeshire; the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan and Sutton Neighbourhood Plan.

Designated Neighbourhood Areas in East CambridgeshireDesignated Neighbourhood Areas in East Cambridgeshire are shown on the Interactive Map of Neighbourhood Areas [external link].

Alternatively, download the following 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 submitted for examination - visit the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan page for details 
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