Horseheath Parish Council has begun the process of developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Horseheath.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a planning document that applies specifically to the Parish of Horseheath and if adopted will sit with the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan in determining the built and natural environment in the future. It must be constructed using a similar process to the District Council Local Plan, with extensive research, evidence and most importantly consultation with the local community. Indeed the Plan can only be legally adopted following a referendum including all those living in Horseheath and Cardinals Green.
The decision to commence the plan follows discussion at the Village Meeting in May 2019 and a subsequent special meeting on the 8th August 2019. These meetings were helpful in pointing out areas for inclusion in the plan. For example, did you know that the only area designated as a protected village amenity in the current South Cambs Local Plan is the front garden of Hartford House, the churchyard, burial ground and adjoining allotments? There is no planning protection for the Audley Way and Village Hall play areas…..
Following these meetings the Parish Council has formed a steering group which is wider than the Parish Council and aims to represent the whole community; you can find the latest minutes embedded here.
The Parish of Horseheath has now been officially designated as the Neighbourhood Area; you can find the Horseheath page on the South Cambridgeshire District Council Planning pages at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/planning/local-plan-and-neighbourhood-planning/neighbourhood-planning/horseheath-neighbourhood-plan/.
A Neighbourhood Plan is very much part of our community and needs everyone’s ideas, input and approval. So please do contact us with your thoughts and suggestions – email John Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01223892001. We are keen to involve as many people as possible; if you are interested in staying in touch or joining the steering group please let us know.