Decisions

Decisions published

15/05/2024 - Award of Northstowe Community Activation Fund grant to Northstowe Hub ref: 12457    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this decision is to approve the distribution of grant from the Homes England funded Community Activation Fund to the applicant, Northstowe Hub; Northstowe Hub is to be awarded £7,786 in support of the Northstowe Midsummer Festival. This award is made in accordance with the process for administration of the Community Activation Fund, approved by Cabinet, 16 April 2024, which requires application assessment by a joint Homes England/SCDC officer panel, followed by a COO decision.

Decision Maker: Chief Operating Officer

Decision published: 15/05/2024

Effective from: 15/05/2024

Decision:

The award of £7,786 to Northstowe Hub from the Community Activation Fund is approved.

Wards affected: Longstanton;

Lead officer: Clare Gibbons


14/05/2024 - Brownfield Land Register 2023 ref: 12456    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Purpose

 

1.    The purpose of this report is:

a.    To agree the Greater Cambridge Brownfield Land Register 2023 to be published on the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service website. The register will comprise a spreadsheet (Appendix 1 of this decision) and accompanying spatial data.

 

2.    The Executive Councillor for Planning, Building Control and Infrastructure at Cambridge City Council is also being asked to agree the Greater Cambridge Brownfield Land Register 2023 via a parallel decision.

 

Greater Cambridge Brownfield Land Register and national guidelines

 

3.    The government’s Planning Practice Guidance sets out clear parameters for the compilation and publication of brownfield land registers.

 

4.    The purpose of brownfield land registers is to provide up-to-date and consistent information on sites that local authorities consider to be appropriate for residential development having regard to the criteria set out in national regulations. Registers should be published locally as open data and will provide transparent information about suitable and available sites.

 

5.    National regulations require local planning authorities in England to prepare, maintain and publish registers of previously developed (brownfield) land. Previously developed land is defined in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework. Previously developed land is also referred to as brownfield land.

 

6.    Brownfield land registers can contain two parts. Part 1 comprises all brownfield sites that a local planning authority has assessed as appropriate for residential development. This will include sites with extant full or outline planning permission, prior approval permissions, allocations in the adopted Local Plans and Area Action Plans, sites with permission in principle and other sites considered suitable for residential development. Part 2 is a subset of Part 1 and comprises only those sites in Part 1 where the local planning authority has decided that the land would be suitable for a grant of permission in principle for residential development. The Greater Cambridge Brownfield Land Register does not include a Part 2, as no sites were identified in the register where it was deemed appropriate to grant permission in principle.

 

7.    Sites should be included in the register where they are at least 0.25 hectares in area or are capable of supporting at least five dwellings. Sites must also be suitable and available for residential development. Residential development of the land must be considered achievable (within 15 years). Local planning authorities should also have regard to the development plan, national policies and advice, and any guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

 

8.    Local planning authorities are not required to undertake consultation in relation to sites they propose to include only in Part 1 of registers. However, they are required to review and update the register at least annually.

 

9.    The information to be included in brownfield land registers is set out in national regulations. The format requirements are set out in the brownfield land register data standard published by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Local planning authorities are encouraged to publish their Register in this format to enable compliance with requests for information issued by the Secretary of State.

 

10.  The Greater Cambridge Brownfield Land Register has been compiled in line with Planning Practice Guidance. It contains details of about 100 sites in each of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. The previous registers have been reviewed. Existing entries have been amended as appropriate to reflect development activity on these sites. Recent planning decisions have been examined to identify new entries for the Register. The final register includes only sites with planning permission or allocations in the adopted plans.

 

11.  The Greater Cambridge Brownfield Land Register contains two registers. One covers Cambridge and the other covers South Cambridgeshire. They are published as separate worksheets within the same spreadsheet. This approach is considered to be consistent with other monitoring work undertaken by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service.

 

Next Steps

 

12.   Once agreed by the Cabinet Member for Planning at South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Executive Councillor for Planning, Building Control and Infrastructure at Cambridge City Council, the Greater Cambridge Brownfield Land Register 2023 will be published on the Greater Cambridgeshire Shared Planning Service website.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Planning

Decision published: 14/05/2024

Effective from: 22/05/2024

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Planning agrees:

a.    The Greater Cambridge Brownfield Register - spreadsheet (Appendix 1 of this decision) and accompanying spatial data - to be published on the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service website.

b.    To delegate any further minor editing changes to the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development to ensure consistency of approach between the two Brownfield Registers.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Matt Dean


10/05/2024 - Assets of Community Value (George & Dragon Pub, Elsworth) ref: 12455    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this decision is to decide whether the land/building should be included as an asset of community value (“ACV”) on the Council’s register of ACVs.

 

On 14 March 2024 a nomination was received from Elsworth Parish Council in respect of The George & Dragon Public House, 41 Boxworth Rd, Elsworth, Cambridge CB23 4JQ. This is a re-nomination of an asset that is due to be removed from the list on 7 June 2024 in accordance with the legislation following expiry of the listing.

 

Following consideration of the nomination, Notice of Nomination was sent to Cllrs Peter Sandford and Mark Howell, (for the district Ward of Caxton & Papworth), to the Parish Council acknowledging their nomination and to the owners and occupiers. The nomination was publicised through the weekly bulletin and the Lead Member for Communities was notified.

Decision Maker: Communications and Communities Service Manager

Decision published: 10/05/2024

Effective from: 10/05/2024

Decision:

Officers have considered the nomination, and are satisfied that the non-ancillary and current use of the asset as detailed in the nomination form and accompanying map does further the social well-being, or cultural recreational or sporting interests of the local community (and has done so in the recent past).  It is also considered realistic to think there can continue to be non-ancillary use of the asset which will further the social interests of the local community. Therefore, it can be accepted, in accordance with Section 88 (1) of the Localism Act 2011.

Wards affected: Caxton & Papworth;

Lead officer: Emma Dyer


09/05/2024 - Mobile Warden Scheme Expression of Interest 2024-25 ref: 12454    Recommendations Approved

On 24 August 2023 the Lead Cabinet Member for Resources approved the sum of £100,000 to provide a one-year extension in funding for 2024-25 to Mobile and Community Warden Schemes operating in the district currently in receipt of funding. This included a contingency fund for any new schemes expressing an interest in setting up in the 2024-25 period. (see agenda item 6 of the Grants Advisory Committee meeting reports pack).

 

A total of £15,908 has been allocated for any new schemes expressing an interest in setting up in the 2024-25 period. This includes £10,000 from the above sum of £100,000 plus an agreed amount of £5,908 of Care Together Seed Funding that was provided to SCDC by Cambridgeshire County Council to enable individual Mobile and Community Warden Schemes across South Cambridgeshire to seek innovative ways to promote and expand their service at a very local level. (see agenda item 4of the September 2023 Grants Advisory Committee meeting reports pack).

The maximum award available for any new scheme is £5,000.

 

After consideration of these applications by officers, it has been decided that:

 

1.    AGE UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (WTDRPXRD) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £5,000 to set up and run a new scheme in Great Abington, Little Abington and Hildersham

 

2.    Melbourn and District Warden Scheme (GBPDCPFL) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £5,000 to set up and run a new scheme in Haslingfield.

Decision Maker: Communities Manager

Decision published: 09/05/2024

Effective from: 09/05/2024

Decision:

To award:

·         AGE UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (WTDRPXRD) the full amount requested of £5,000 to set up and run a new scheme in Great Abington, Little Abington and Hildersham.

 

·         Melbourn and District Warden Scheme (GBPDCPFL) the full amount requested of £5,000 to set up and run a new scheme in Haslingfield.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Emma Dyer


08/05/2024 - Provisional TPO/07/2024 - 25 High Street, Hauxton ref: 12453    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 08/05/2024 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 08/05/2024

Effective from: 08/05/2024

Decision:

By affirmation, the Committee confirmed Provisional Tree Protection Order TPO/07/2024 in accordance with the officer’s recommendation laid out in the report from the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development.


08/05/2024 - 24/00608/LBC - 88 and 92 Station Road, Histon ref: 12452    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 08/05/2024 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 08/05/2024

Effective from: 08/05/2024

Decision:

By affirmation, the Committee approved the application in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, and subject to conditions, as laid out in the report from the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development. Officers were delegated authority to make minor amendments to the conditions.


08/05/2024 - 24/00607/FUL - 88 and 92 Station Road, Histon ref: 12451    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 08/05/2024 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 08/05/2024

Effective from: 08/05/2024

Decision:

By affirmation, the Committee approved the application in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, and subject to conditions, as laid out in the report from the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development. Officers were delegated authority to make minor amendments to the conditions.


08/05/2024 - Agreement to invest in improvements at four green spaces on Council owned land through Shared Prosperity Funding and agreement for bidding process for green spaces improvements for Town/Parish Councils ref: 12450    Recommendations Approved

 

Shared prosperity funding for green space improvements

 

The Government has launched a £2.6 billion national Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) that aims to empower local communities to deliver projects that can be targeted to where it is needed most and will improve pride in place. The funding must be spent by March 2025. In Cambridgeshire the funding is administered by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and South Cambridgeshire District Council has initially received £150,000 for the green space project.

 

Agreement to invest in four projects on Council owned land following assessment of viable options:

 

a.    Land at Orchard Close, Little Wilbraham – the site already has a multi-use games area, a few pieces of play equipment, and an allotment. However, the site is significant in size and much of the green space is underutilised, so it provides an excellent opportunity for improvement to benefit the community. There are not many other more formal green spaces in the village.

b.    Land at De Freville Road, Great Shelford – the site is a good size, there is no other more formal green space within 1km of the site. Residents who live in this area are often elderly and/or living alone, and a project here would enhance the green space for this demographic, encouraging socialising.

c.    Land at Silverdale Avenue, Coton – This site currently has an informal football pitch which local children use and is over 1km from the recreation ground. It is central to a housing estate, and enhancements would offer a better-quality, better-defined, and safer area for all users.

d.    Land at Meadowcroft Way, Orwell – this site was favoured by the Housing Team when sites were being reviewed. There is current feedback from some residents who have a desire to see improvements to the communal green space in front of their homes as they see the opportunity to make it better for local people and bring the community together. 

 

 

Parish/Town Council application process

 

Agreement to improvements to at least three further green spaces through an application process running from 14th May 2024 to 12th July 2024, whereby Town and Parish Councils will be given an opportunity to apply for funding, and support, to improve an area that they feel would benefit their community. The final decision will be made by the Lead Member for Communities.

 

The grant funding available for the three or more remaining projects will be in the region of £75,000 therefore each project will have approximately £25,000 to deliver the improvements (funding may be increased via receipt of grant funding from other SPF underspent projects)

 

Town/Parish Councils applying will be asked to:

 

a.    demonstrate that land is in their control, or immediately available for improvement before March 2025.

b.    provide a site location map and explanation of the type of improvements they want to implement.

c.    commit to maintain the site to the necessary standard after the initial works are complete.

d.    ensure their elected district councillor(s) is/are aware of the application.

e.    demonstrate the need for improved green space and impact the improvement would have for local people in terms of health and wellbeing.

f.     demonstrate how local people and volunteers will get involved in the planning, delivery, or maintenance of the green space.

g.    detail if any other funding, from the Town/Parish Council or third party, will be committed to the delivery of the project (this is not a pre-requisite).

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet Member for Communities

Decision published: 08/05/2024

Effective from: 16/05/2024

Decision:

Agreement to invest in improvements at four green spaces on SCDC owned land through Shared Prosperity Funding. And agreement for bidding process for green space improvements for Town/Parish Councils with an application window running from 14th May 2024 to 12th July 2024.

Wards affected: Barrington; Fen Ditton & Fulbourn; Harston & Comberton; Shelford;

Lead officer: Jason Clarke