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


Latest News

Isleham Neighbourhood Plan Made - May 2022

Following success at referendum, the Isleham Neighbourhood Plan was formally 'made' (adopted) by East Cambridgeshire District Council at its meeting of 19 May 2022.

To view the plan and other relevant documents, please visit the Isleham Neighbourhood Plan page.


Submission of Haddenham and Aldreth Neighbourhood Plan - April to May 2022

Haddenham Parish Council has submitted its Neighbourhood Plan for consultation. The Council is currently inviting comments on the submitted plan. To read the plan and have your say, please visit the Haddenham and Aldreth Neighbourhood Plan page.


Designation of Mepal Neighbourhood Area - 28 February 2022

East Cambridgeshire District Council has designated Mepal parish as a Neighbourhood Area, following a formal request from Mepal Parish Council. A map of the Mepal Neighbourhood Area is available to download below.


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 in East CambridgeshireDesignated Neighbourhood Areas are shown on the Map of Neighbourhood Areas (Feb 22) (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 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 Map  
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 MapPlan submitted April 2022 - see Haddenham and Aldreth Neighbourhood Plan page. 
Mepal Parish Council28 February 2022Mepal Neighbourhood Area Map