Fen End, South Cambridgeshire, UK
The site is located within the northern boundary of the village of Willingham and is surrounded by residential development to its south, east and west and agricultural land to its north with access off Fen End itself. The site is 1 acre in size but forms part of a greater development site of approximately 7 acres that is being promoted for residential development as a whole. Willingham is located 12 miles to the northwest of Cambridgeshire and is easily reached via the A14 which links to the M11 south and the A1M north.
Our Planning Department Comments
- Our Fen End site lies within the village of Willingham which is located within the jurisdiction of South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC). SCDC is one of four partners that form part of the Greater Cambridge Local Plan working alongside Cambridgeshire County Council, the University of Cambridge and Cambridge City Council. The emerging Cambridge Local Plan is a collaboration between SCDC and Cambridge City Council to ensure that the two areas can be sustainably managed.
- The Local Plan was submitted for examination in March 2014 and has made provision for 19,500 new homes over the plan period including previous plan allocations in the greater Cambridgeshire area. However, due to rapid growth of the greater Cambridgeshire area, the identified housing need has now been set at 33,500 homes. As a result of the prolonged examination period of the submitted Local Plan coupled with the significant deficit between the numbers provided in the submitted Plan and the identified need, the Planning Inspector has asked for a modified Plan to be submitted for review with its anticipated adoption set for 2022
- The Fen End site demonstrates strong suitability given its position as a sustainable urban extension site within the settlement of Willingham and its access to the village’s main services. European Property Ventures secured a Promotion Agreement on the entire site in 2017 and the site was submitted to the amended Local Plan review in April 2019. The site is deemed a medium sized site which is being promoted to deliver circa 60 dwellings. Given its strong suitability for development, preparations are also being made for a direct planning application to be made the LPA and Parish Council which will be alongside its promotion to the Cambridge Local Plan.
Latest Planning Update
As referenced previously, Cambridge City and South Cambridge District Council have combined to form a Greater Cambridge Authority which is currently in the process of creating a joint plan for the region. Both our Oakington Site and Fed End fall under this authority and are being promoted to the same joint plan hence their inclusion in the same update.
Following on from the initial consultations on the plan held in 2020, the "First Proposals" consultation took place in November / December 2021. Representations were submitted to both consultations on behalf of both sites.
Alongside the First Proposals consultation was a Call for Sites process and, again, both sites were promoted through this consultation. Whilst we will continue to work the authority through the joint Local Plan, the next step is the process is timetabled for Q3 2022.