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I have been asked by the Parish Council (PC) to provide a poor man's guide to planning within the village. The South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) is responsible for all aspects of planning within its area with exceptions of mineral, ore, and oil extraction and waste disposal. These are the preserve of Cambridgeshire County Council. The PC is consulted by the SCDC on all planning matters which relate directly to the village and occasionally on Applications which are specific to a neighbouring parish but which might have some impact on Whittlesford. A recent example of this is the Welch's Application to relocate to land South of the A505 which is in Duxford.
Of course not all developments require specific planning permission. For instance minor extensions can often be added to dwellings without any requirement for planning permission, albeit there is generally a greater degree of restriction over properties that are Listed Buildings and/or sited in a Conservation Area. Most other developments whether it be for a number of houses, new offices, etc. will require planning permission. Given the complexity of the regulations relating to permitted development, it is always advisable to check with the Local Planning Authority who will be able to provide guidance. All building work must of course conform to Building Regulations. The SCDC forward all submitted Applications to the appropriate PC for comment and approval or rejection. The reply must be back with the SCDC within 21 days. Because the PC only meets once per month, and not at all in August, in order to keep within the time limits a Planning sub-committee normally examines all Applications and if in agreement , whether to approve or reject, forwards its decision to the SCDC with any appropriate comments. Such decisions are normally endorsed by the next meeting of the PC. When the Application involves construction of more than one dwelling, or could be deemed controversial permission is sought, where necessary, for an extension beyond 21 days so that the Application can be examined by the full PC at its next meeting. It is the intention of the PC that all Applications are treated fairly and that there should be no substantial loss of amenity for immediate neighbours and that no development should detract from the very delightful environment of Whittlesford and if possible should further enhance it. National Planning Policy dictates that unless there are very good reasons for rejection e.g. against national or local planning policy which does include infringements of the Green Belt; or is outside of the Village Framework; or would cause highway issues; etc. then the Application must be approved. Whittlesford is presently classified as a “Group Village” and developments are usually restricted to no more than eight properties on any one site. All land within the Parish which is outside of the built-up village framework of Whittlesford is part of the Cambridge Green Belt and therefore cannot normally be built on. Within the village framework there is at present just one site which would accommodate 2 open market properties. However the planning rules are currently being modified to incorporate the new classification of “Neighbourhood Planning”. The PC has set up a sub-committee to study the implications and recommend what action should be taken. If positive action is suggested the residents of Whittlesford will be asked to decide in a village referendum whether or not to take up this new status which will allow the village to have a larger say in what it wants and would enable specific sites in the Green Belt to be made available for development. There will be an article in Look in the next few months which will provide a more detailed explanation.
Alterations to Listed Buildings and proposed developments in the Conservation Areas have to satisfy more stringent requirements and the PC sometimes has to rely on the expertise of the professional planners at the SCDC to provide a definitive answer.
Trees are another issue on which the PC is consulted; but here we leave all decisions to the SCDC although we would certainly comment if any proposal for development involved the felling of a mature healthy tree.
At present the only housing developments allowed in the Green belt are the construction of affordable properties where a maximum land price of about £12,000 per plot is allowed. Land owners in Whittlesford have been slow to take up this option; the Nicholas Swallow Charity would be keen to pursue this type of development should any land be deemed surplus to requirements
In conclusion I should emphasise that it is the SCDC and not the PC which determines the fate of all Applications and the view of the PC is not necessarily the view of the SCDC, near neighbours, or other village residents. Anyone in the village and beyond can send their views to the SCDC on any Application and these comments will be taken into account when the Application is determined. We may not always agree with the SCDC decisions but by and large the SCDC has served us well over the years.
Ken Winterbottom - Head of Planning on behalf of Whittlesford Parish Council
The Lawn Trust would like to invite friends and associates of The late Robert Maynard to an informal gathering on the Lawn on Saturday 24th August at 12 Noon ... followed by a beer and a light buffet at The Bees in the Wall.
A plaque will be mounted on the circular bench dedicated to Robert for all his hard work in the village.
If anyone would like to make a donation in memory of Robert Maynard, please contact Paula (Lawn Trust Secretary) or myself Paul Eccleston - Chairman.
Thank you !
The Lawn Trust.
ADULT CLUB SESSIONS
Tuesday from 9.30am Thursday from 5pm Saturday from 2pm
(comm. after Easter) (Nov – Feb from 1.30pm)
Please come along and play as often as you can. If members are waiting matches are limited to the best of 7 games. Club balls are available at the sessions.
Suitable footwear should always be worn on the courts.
SUMMER TOURNAMENT - Sunday 14th July at 2pm
This is an annual event and is a “fun” tournament with refreshments - do come along and join in.
Coaching is available from the coaching group ‘Over & In’. Information about the sessions available can be obtained from Hamid Hejazi (07764 161615) or Over & In (01223 847472)
ADULTS £35 FAMILY £55 Under 18 £10 Primary School Children - Free
Our local Scout Group, the 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Group, has been raising money for the last ten years to try and replace its ageing Scout Hut. The Hut was originally built in Cambridge, and moved to what is now Owls Close in Whittlesford in 1965. When the owner of the land decided in 1989 he wanted to build houses, the hut was moved again, this time to the allotments in Moorfield Road, Duxford, and there is still is. As you can imagine, it’s not in the best of health, and with around 25-40 young people bouncing around inside it five nights a week it’s beginning to creak at the seams. However, the Group can now see light at the end of the tunnel. They need about £200,000 to replace their hut, and they’re more than half way there. In fact, they’ve the grand total of £124,000 in the bank. Much of this they’ve raised themselves, with fetes and the annual community bonfire party that many local people go to. They also Gift Aid all their subscription income. However, they’ve been very fortunate in their fundraising activities. Whittlesford Parish Council started the ball rolling with a very generous donation of £10,000, and that was followed by £850 from Sawston Rotary club – part of the proceeds of the 2012 fun run. The Garfield Weston Trust gave them a further £10,000, and South Cambridgeshire District Council has stumped up £30,000 from their Community Fund. With nearly 150 young people from Whittlesford, Duxford, Thriplow, Hinxton and Ickleton attending each week, these funders obviously think this is very worthwhile. The Group had a knock back from the Big Lottery Fund, who couldn’t see the community benefit, but they’ve done more consultation and intend to re-submit their application. In addition, they’ve put in an application to the AmeyCespa Community Fund (the people who empty your recycling bins and manage the Thriplow recycling site). If this application is successful, the Group is going to go to The Scout Association for a loan of £40,000 (repayable over ten years) so that it can start work on the new Hut in the summer of 2013. Obviously if they can get more grant funding and donations, they would love not to have to take a loan, but they are determined to get things under way. Even the smaller donations help. Local organisations such as Whittlewomen, Cowper Griffiths Architects, Volvo, Hexcel and the Cambridge Building Society have all contributed, as have many parents. The Group will shortly be going out to tender for the building with three or four local construction firms, and, if all goes well, aim to make a start in the school summer holidays, so the disruption to the normal Scouting programme is as limited as possible. If you would like to help with a donation, or know of a funding or grant giving organisation, the Group would love to hear from you. Contact John Holme, the Group Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CAMBRIDGESHIRES FIRST COMMUNITY DESIGNED BUS SERVICE TO LAUNCH ON MONDAY 18TH MARCH
SAWSTON - PAMPISFORD - WHITTLESFORD - HEATHFIELD - HINXTON
The new 7A service connecting Whittlesford and surrounding villages to Sawston and Stapleford and then on to the Babraham Road Park & Ride is the first of its kind to have been designed in collaboration with local people, local councillors and Cambridgeshire County Council.
The Cambridgeshire Future Transport project (CFT) has been listening to what people living in Whittlesford, Pampisford, Heathfield and Hinxton want and need from their bus service.
The new timetable for the 7A is designed to better meet the needs of all the community, offering more options by connecting with the Park & Ride at Babraham and the Citi 7. Once the service is in operation, the County would welcome feedback and suggestions on how it could be improved.
Copies of timetables for your new 7A service will be available very soon in convenient locations
More information will be available on Cambridgeshire County Council's website :
Telephone : 0345 045 0675
What seems to be
along time ago, back in 1990, Essex Framing Services was formed in a single
garage in Sewards End, near Saffron Walden, with only one member of staff
working six, sometimes seven days a week, the business grew from strength to
strength and soon gained a reputation for quality picture framing at an
It then started to expand and moved into a purpose
built unit in Saffron Walden, after three moves in the town it settled into its
Shire hill premises for over eight years, gaining a large and varied customer
In mid 2012 we came across a new premises which came
out of the blue and so have recently moved from Saffron Walden to our new abode
in The Old School, Old School Lane in Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, a wonderful
old building which fits beautifully with our trade.
We have opened a new workshop, gift shop and gallery.
Thankfully our customers who we have gained over the years have followed and
supported us by making the short trip to Whittlesford. We still offer the same
quality picture framing service that we have always have, and also a new shop
area with gifts, hand made items from local craftsman and items from local
artists. The new gallery area exhibits work from artists of all different areas
in the art world, from watercolours to mixed media and oils to
If you are an artist with years of experience or one
who has just picked up a brush for the first time, we would like to offer you
the opportunity to display your work from just £1 per week per picture with no
commission charged! Or maybe you are a craftsman who's work can also be
Maybe you need an item mounted and framed? We offer
over a five hundred mouldings to choose from and endless mount colours. Double,
circular and oval mounts are available. Box frames, needlework and tapestries
along with oil paintings stretched and framed. To be honest the list is endless,
if you have an item you wish to be framed then The Old School is the place to
visit. For more information, details of where we are based and our opening hours
just visit essexframing.com.
look forward to meeting you, and providing a service second to none.
The parish council meeting at Whittlesford this coming Tuesday 12 Febr at
7.30 has to decide if it wants to ask the District Council to extend the
framework of the village to the west of Orchard Terrace.
This would enable
the County Council to sell its farmland to allow a development to be built of
some 20 houses, five of which would be affordable.
To give some context,
there are two other developments currently under active consideration in
Whittlesford: the area in Newton
Road, which would be 16, all of which would be affordable housing, and the area
in which is the current site of
Granta Processors, which the company wants to sell for 16 houses, of which four
would be affordable. In the longer term, the County Council Highways depot at
Station Road could be sold off for land, even though it is not a very attractive
site, and possibly some land around Church Lane.
Duxford Chapel is the stone building to be found next to the red lion hotel near Whittlesford station and is about 800 years old. It is believed to be the last building of a large medieval hospital and its history features in eminent historian and Whittlesford resident Peter Spufford's account of the development of Whittlesford Bridge.
It is a historic building currently in the care of English Heritage who have an arrangement with the district council regarding maintenance and access. That said, it is two Whittlesford residents who actually keep the chapel open and cared for so visitors and people passing by can take a look.
Inside the building the chapel is bare and there is no lighting or heat. It was used a few years back as the venue for a welcoming party for those Whittlesford residents living on the A505 side of Royston and Station Roads when the parish boundary changed to bring them in this village. Other than that it stands empty most of the time.
Now the parish council has been asked by the district council if it can think of ways to make more community use of the building and possibly become the partner with English Heritage. The parish council is giving this careful thought in terms of understanding what commitments might be brought with this responsibility. And given the grade 11* listing of the building there isn't too much we can do with it. Other similar buildings have been used for occasional concerts during the summer months - and with the Red Lion next door this might be an attractive option. We also think that there is more that could be done to help visitors understand and appreciate the building - at the moment there is a short leaflet.
The parish council welcomes any thoughts and ideas from Whittlesford residents. Do go and have a look too, and imagine what it was like when the Knights Hospitallers of old were there !
Whittlesford Parish Council
The theft of expensive tools and garden equipment seem to be on the increase in several neighbouring villages and there has been one such theft in Whittlesford. If you have any information in relation to this kind of crime, or any other, or have been offered such items, please let the team know on 0800 555 111.
You can register tools and items of value at www.immobilise.com You will need the serial number. This will improve your chances of getting the items back if they are lost or stolen.
The Police have been conducting speed checks in the village, verbal warnings and tickets have been issued. PC Smith and PC Perry will be continuing with these speed checks in the following weeks, so be careful out there,and watch your speed !!