Sutton Neighbourhood Plan

Sutton Parish Council is at an advanced stage of preparing a replacement Neighbourhood Plan, which will, if finalised, replace the current Sutton Neighbourhood Plan adopted in May 2019.

This webpage contains details of both the adopted Sutton Neighbourhood Plan (2019) and the emerging replacement Sutton Neighbourhood Plan.

Adopted Sutton Neighbourhood Plan (2019)  

On 30 May 2019, East Cambridgeshire District Council formally adopted (or sometimes known as 'made') the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan (2019) (PDF). The Neighbourhood Plan is used when deciding planning applications within the Sutton Neighbourhood Area.

The Neighbourhood Plan was adopted following a referendum held on 2 May 2019, whereby the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan was supported by the majority of voters. Prior to referendum, the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan had gone through a series of consultation stages, as well being independently examined in February and March 2019. The Sutton Neighbourhood Plan is available to download from the Adopted Sutton Neighbourhood Plan (2019) Document Library below, along with related documents such as the Examiner's Report and Council's Decision Statement.

Emerging Replacement Sutton Neighbourhood Plan (2023)

During June and July 2023, Sutton Parish Council launched a consultation in its parish seeking views on a replacement Neighbourhood Plan. For details of that consultation exercise, please visit Sutton Parish Council's website (external link)

Following that consultation event, the Parish Council finalised its draft replacement Neighbourhood Plan, and submitted it to East Cambridgeshire District Council on 10 December 2023. The Parish Council also submitted a number of supporting documents, to help explain and justify the content of the replacement Neighbourhood Plan. East Cambridgeshire District Council agreed that the draft replacement Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to a final round of consultation and thereafter independent examination. East Cambridgeshire District Council invited comments on the draft replacement Sutton Neighbourhood Plan from 2 January 2024 to 14 February 2024. All of the consultation documents remain available to download from the Replacement Sutton Neighbourhood Plan Document Library below. A paper copy of the draft replacement Neighbourhood Plan is available for inspection at East Cambridgeshire District Council's customer service centre during normal opening times.

The consultation period has now closed. A report setting out all of the representations made (PDF) setting out all of the representations made is available in the Replacement Sutton Neighbourhood Plan Document Library (Part 3).

Next steps and other information

Now that the consultation period has ended, the Neighbourhood Plan and other supporting material, together with the representations received, will be considered by an independent Examiner. We hope to appoint the Examiner before the end of February 2024. Further details on the Examiner and the examination process will be made available in due course. Thereafter, and subject to the Examiner's conclusions, the Neighbourhood Plan will need to proceed to a public referendum before it can be finally 'made' (or sometimes referred to as 'adopted'). Any such referendum is likely to take place in Summer 2024.

Requests to be notified of ECDC’s decision under regulation 19 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012, which relates to the making of the neighbourhood plan after the examination has concluded, may be submitted via email to

East Cambridgeshire District Council will process the information you provide in a manner that is compatible with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Council’s Privacy Notice.

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