Neighbourhood Planning

Fordham Neighbourhood Plan 'Made' - 08 November 2018

On 08 November 2018, the Council held a referendum on whether the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan should be used in deciding planning applications in Fordham. The neighbourhood Plan was supported by the majority of voters, with 87% of votes in favour of the plan. The Fordham Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of East Cambridgeshire's Development Plan and will be used by the Council in taking planning decisions. The Fordham Neighbourhood Plan is available to download from the following link:

In December 2018, the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan will be formally 'made' by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

A paper copy of the 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


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

The Fordham Neighbourhood Plan became part of the district's Development Plan, following referendum on 08 November 2018.

There are 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 AreaCurrent Stage
Sutton Parish Council08 January 2015Sutton Neighbourhood Area MapReg. 14 pre-submission consultation completed, please visit for details.
Bottisham Parish Council12 February 2016Bottisham Neighbourhood Area Map 
Witchford Parish Council26 August 2016Witchford Neighbourhood Area Map 
Fordham Parish Council21 December 2017Fordham Neighbourhood Area Map
'Made' Neighbourhood Plan