Sutton’s plan to become a ‘neighbourhood area’

Residents in Sutton are being encouraged to comment on their Parish Council’s application to East Cambridgeshire District Council to designate the whole parish as a neighbourhood area.

If following the consultation the application is approved, it will be the parish council’s first step on their way towards preparing a neighbourhood plan.

Ultimately this means Sutton could establish planning policies for the development and use of land in the Parish, including where new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like.

Residents of Sutton would be given the opportunity to be involved in the preparation of the neighbourhood plan and, ultimately, will have the right to vote for or against it at a referendum. No plan can be adopted unless it passes a referendum.

The six-week consultation started this week, with all responses due in by 5pm on Wednesday 31 December.

Cllr Tom Hunt, Strategic Planning member champion at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “This is an exciting time for residents of Sutton to begin the process of deciding the future of their area. The Parish Council is starting the process of developing a neighbourhood plan – to do this they must first designate the area which is to be included. They are suggesting the whole of the parish area should form the boundary, but if people think it should be a bigger or smaller area, they should let us know. Please note this current work is not a consultation on a neighbourhood plan, but rather one on the boundary of where a future neighbourhood plan can be prepared for.”

A copy of the neighbourhood area application is available to view at www.eastcambridgeshire.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning.

Details of the application and a map of the proposed boundary are also being displayed at:
*       Village notice boards in Sutton
*       East Cambridgeshire District Council Reception, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely CB7 4EE(during normal opening hours)

Comments can be made either by email to ldf@eastcambs.gov.uk or by post to Strategic Planning, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely CB7 4EE.
For more information, call the Strategic Planning Team Team on 01353 665555 or email ldf@eastcambs.gov.uk

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