Issue details

Pampisford Neighbourhood Plan - Responding to the pre-submission consultation

Pampisford Parish Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and has reached the stage of pre-submission consultation (Regulation 14 in the national guidance). At this stage it is the responsibility of the parish council to carry out a public consultation on the neighbourhood plan for their area. We congratulate the Neighbourhood Plan team and recognise the hard work that has been put into the preparation of this plan by the parish council and local community.


Officers have considered the contents of the Pampisford Neighbourhood Plan against the basic condition tests that all neighbourhood plans are assessed against by an independent examiner (these tests include such matters as general conformity with national planning policy and the policies of the adopted Local Plan).


Through this consideration several comments have been identified.


Cabinet agreed on the 26th July 2018 that the submission of such comments be delegated to officers at this stage of plan preparation.


The proposed comments include both general and specific matters and are attached at Appendix A. They include such matters as:

  • Clear unambiguous policies
  • Mapping
  • Comments on all the policies and proposals of the plan itself


The comments are intended to enable the group taking forward the Neighbourhood Plan to consider the need to amend it to improve the likelihood that a Neighbourhood Plan examiner would be able to recommend that it proceed to referendum and to help ensure that the plan is capable of effective implementation through the development management process.


While there are several comments set out in Appendix A we hope that these comments are seen, not as unhelpful criticism of the plan, but rather a genuine attempt by officers to support the Neighbourhood Plan team by identifying a number of areas where the plan could be further refined so that it is successful at examination. We wish the parish council well for the next steps in the plan making.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: Duxford;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 16/11/2023

Decision due: 16 November 2023 by Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development

Lead member: Lead Cabinet member for Planning

Lead director: Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development

Department: Greater Cambridge Shared Planning

Contact: Ciaran Davis, Policy Planner Email: Ciaran Davis Email:


a) Consultation between officers within the Council


The opportunity has been provided for specialist officers from Development Management, Housing, the Built and Natural Environment, Economic Development, and Planning Policy teams to comment on the pre-submission draft of the neighbourhood plan. Comments from Development Management were particularly welcomed as officers from this team might at a future date be required to use the policies within a made plan for determining planning applications in the parish.


b) Consultation with the Lead Cabinet Member for Planning


The response set out in Appendix A has been shared with and agreed by the Planning Lead Member. 

Purpose of Report: Appendices Appendix A: The response by South Cambridgeshire District Council to the pre-submission consultation on the Pampisford Neighbourhood Plan. Background Papers