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Apologies for Absence
To receive Apologies for Absence from Cabinet members.
There were no Apologies for Absence.
Declarations of Interest
Councillor Dr. Tumi Hawkins declared a Non-Pecuniary Interest by virtue of the proximity of her house to Policy SS/7 – New Village at Bourn Airfield.
Cabinet considered a report noting that preparation of the new South Cambridgeshire Local Plan had now reached the end of the plan making process. The Inspectors’ Report had been received and, subject to incorporation of the associated Main Modifications identified by them, the Inspectors had concluded that the Local Plan was sound. The Local Plan could now be presented to Council to be adopted as part of the Development Plan.
The Leader publicly thanked all those officers who had been involved in the Local Plan process, and said that she would be writing formally to them.
The Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development summarised the process, which had been lengthy, and said that the purpose of this Extraordinary Cabinet meeting was to recommend to Full Council on 27 September 2018 either adoption or rejection of the Local Plan. He said that there was no third option – the process for varying a Plan was a complex one and, in practical terms, the time for doing so had now passed.
The Principal Planning Policy Officer circulated an Errata. In Appendix 4 (Local Plan Draft for Adoption), and due to formatting of the policy boxes, part of the text included in the Submitted Local Plan at the end of Policies S/6 and HQ/2 had become hidden. The missing text was as follows:
Policy S/6 – the Development Policy to 2031
In paragraph 4, after the words “…local service provision…” add “…and quality of public transport access to Cambridge or a market town.”
Policy HQ/2 – Public Art and New Development
Add paragraph 4: “Where public art is provided, contributions and commuted maintenance sums for up to 10 years will be required and include the cost of decommissioning where appropriate.”
The Leader thanked Councillor Dr. Douglas de Lacey for proofreading the draft.
The Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development referred Cabinet to the recommendations in the report, highlighting Recommendation 6.
The Deputy Leader commended the recommendations to Cabinet for decision by Full Council.
In relation to paragraph 142 of the Inspectors’ report to South Cambridgeshire District Council (Fulbourn Road East), both Councillor John Williams and Councillor Claire Daunton (two of the local Members for Fulbourn) expressed disappointment with the comments about Yarrow Road.
The Chief Executive clarified that paragraph 40 of the report to Cabinet from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development represented the alternative option to the recommendation at paragraph 3 of the report.
By six votes to nil, with Councillor Dr. Tumi Hawkins abstaining,