Eyes down for the Whittlesford Neighbourhood Plan!
People gathered at Whittlesford Village Hall to hear an update and to work through a vision for the Neighbourhood Plan. There is more about the plan on the website
Although many developers would like to build on the Green Belt, the government White Paper on housing issued last month has come out very strongly in its protection. This is important for Whittlesford because so much of the village is surrounded by GB. The main area of development would seem to be the county highways depot near the rail station, and so I urged the meeting to make progress so that the Neighbourhood Plan would be in place for the next time a call for sites was issued, because I am sure there will be a lot of pressure to allow much more building around the village than is currently the case.
The meeting had an update on what business; view of the NP could be. There are actually some 130 businesses operating in the village, although most are singleton consultancy types, and then there are the big employers on the outskirts such as Volvo and Cambridge Assessments, and some medium sized ones such as the Hamilton-Kerr Institute.
The meeting worked up a vision and objectives for the plan and these will be put round the village for comment in April. There is also a housing needs survey scheduled.