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Peter McDonald (District Councillor)
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AgriTech - what next?
AgriTech's planning application appeal concluded on 5thJuly. South Cambs District Council's closing case contained 200 reasons for refusal. This appeal has cost the council (and residents) £120K so far. The Planning Inspectorate must submit to the Secretary of State in November - I’m hoping the Smithson Hill political donation of £20k will have no impact on the Secretary of State.
Wellcome Genome Campus
It looks like the WGC planning application will be considered by South Cambs' Planning Committee towards the end of October, and I am currently updating the response document with input from the parish council. The campus still proposes a development of 1,500 dwellings, a mixture of houses to buy and to rent, with covenants on the properties being for staff/local people.
Gonville & Caius College proposals
I attended a meeting where representatives of Gonville & Caius College made the case for extensive development of its land around Duxford, including aviation-linked commercial premises along the A505 and residential developments on the north and west sides of the village. Gonville & Caius has promised to engage meaningfully with the community, but its land would have to be selected by SCDC as a suitable site for development in the new Local Plan first. I cannot see its proposal progressing, but I have recommended some engagement with G & C if it will confine its plans to a small development and provide employment at an aeropark.
Marshalls Aerospace will be moving from Cambridge Airport, and Duxford is one of three places where it may relocate to, alongside Wyton and Cranfield. This would be a gamechanger for the area were it to happen. Whilst the aerospace sector should be supported and of course Marshalls is well respected, the size of the development would have the most enormous impact on the A505, the M11 and surrounding villages.
Greater Cambridge Local Plan
The consultation process is now starting - remember to register on the South Cambs website, and you'll then receive email notifications when new documents are published.
The County Council has at last agreed to repaint the junction lines on the A 505 in Pampisford!
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