Question 3. Please submit any sites for green space and wildlife habitats you wish to suggest for consideration through the Local Plan. Provide as much information and supporting evidence as possible.

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Form ID: 44109
Respondent: Mr Mark Lewis

Logan's Meadow. Opportunity to take a field that is never used by footballers and allow the local nature reserve (Logan's Meadow) to expand into the margins, or absorb the full space. Replanting of native trees will break up the space and make more inviting for families and dog-walkers. See adjacent (private?) land as an example of what is possible - better paths to the connected space will allow less able / prams to move underneath the bridge between the two spaces (currently impossible in winter). A great location for creating new city park that is attractive to people at the weekend

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Wildlife opportunity site, Country Park, Neighbourhood Public Park & Garden, Informal Parkland & amenity space, Growing space (including allotments, community garden and orchard), Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting, Green space for flood storage, River or watercourse restoration

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No

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Available now

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1

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Form ID: 44111
Respondent: Mr Mark Lewis

Field on northeast corner of Sainbury's roundabout is ideal to be added to the existing Coldham's common. This would be a fantastic addition to join off-road walking routes from east central cambridge down to south Cambridge, including to the big Sainbury's

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fallow

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Wildlife opportunity site, Country Park, Neighbourhood Public Park & Garden, Informal Parkland & amenity space, Growing space (including allotments, community garden and orchard), Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting, Green space for flood storage, River or watercourse restoration

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Form ID: 44361
Respondent: Mrs Deborah Pearce

Church End Arrington Royston SG8 0BH

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Permanent pasture land

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SC/0525/72/O SC/0932/72/O SC/1159/73/O S/1727/85/O

Greenfield

Wildlife opportunity site, Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting, Green space for flood storage

We wish to preserve this field from any possibility of future development as it is a valuable public amenity (see below) with an extremely rural character and a valuable natural habitat. As previous and current planning applications show it has been and continues to be under threat from development.

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The field contains two branches of the Clopton Way, a very well used Long Distance Footpath running from Wimpole Hall to Gamlingay passing through the Medieval Village of Clopton and connecting to the Greensand Ridge Walk. Therefore it is a valued public amenity giving views across to the Grade 1 listed Wimpole Parkland. It is also very popular with local residents for walking and las a long history as a sports area. The woodland is composed of rare healthy Elm trees and supports a wide variety of wild life including fallow deer, bats, barn owls and buzzards.

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No

Development is not required. Access is by public footpaths.

Yes (please give details)

It is a sloping site which is part of its attraction as a public amenity in the otherwise flat Cambridgeshire landscape.

Yes (Please give details)

Flooding, risk from stream in lower part. Poor drainage. Considerable biodiversity Heritage view of grade 1 parkland All these factors mitigate against future development but are reasons to preserve the site as meadowland.

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Available now

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The field is currently privately owned land.

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Other

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Normal agricultural practice.

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None required

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Wildlife survey Comments from the Ramblers Association. Awaiting completion.

Form ID: 46096
Respondent: Hardwick Climate Action

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Green_Belt

26340

Farmland and villages

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Mixture, mostly greenfield

Wildlife opportunity site, Country Park, Informal Parkland & amenity space, Growing space (including allotments, community garden and orchard), Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting, Green space for flood storage, River or watercourse restoration

The Hardwick Climate Action group is a community organisation aiming to support the residents of Hardwick to reduce their carbon footprint to zero s soon as possible. Beyond individual actions such as changing diet and modes of transport, various village schemes have been identified as ways to reduce CO2 emissions: growing food locally, planting more trees and village-sized sustainable energy production such as wind turbines and ground source heat pump. Unfortunately all these schemes require land and the village has none to spare. Yet Hardwick lies on the edge of a green space that has all the land we and other villages, and even Cambridge city itself, would need to support all of these schemes. This is of course the green belt. Although originally intended as a planning method for containing the growth of Cambridge, it is now a potentially vital source of land that should be devoted to sustainable schemes that can quickly and efficiently reduce the whole of Cambridgeshire's carbon footprint. All that's needed is to create a planning policy that use of the greenbelt land can only be changed if it's to support sustainable uses, such as woodlands, flood storage, local food production and sustainable energy schemes. Current land owners might also be offered incentives to invest in these schemes, or to sell plots to local Councils who can then make the land available to communities to create their own schemes. The first step to reach zero carbon emissions before 2050 is to allocate local land resources, and the greenbelt is ideal.

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Reduce Cambridgeshire's CO2 emissions to zero, improve community spirit, diets, lifestyles and happiness.

Existing structures shouldn't impede the sustainability schemes.

Yes (Please give details)

Various farm tracks and roads

No

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No

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Yes (Please give details)

These utilities would either have no impact or could be avoided.

Yes (Please give details)

Small amounts of water might be needed for village food production. Connection to electrical utilities would be needed for any sustainable electricity generating schemes such as wind turbines. Underground piping might be needed for any ground source heat pumps.

Next 5 years

Current land owners would need to be encouraged to change land use in favour of sustainable schemes, or land purchased by Councils.

No

Land subject to such constraints could be avoided in the near term.

2023

2033

10

Land purchase, Agri-environment scheme

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Sustainable energy schemes: A village the size of Hardwick (3000 residents) would require about 5 wind turbines at a cost of £7 million, about £7000 per household. A few hectares of land would be required to site them, but the land between each turbine could still be used for other sustainable schemes. Woodland schemes: Woodland has about 2000 trees per ha, each tree is worth about 1 tonne of CO2 equivalent over a 40 year lifetime. A village the size of Hardwick would require about 5000 trees per year to offset its current emissions, equivalent to a 100 ha woodland over 40 years. Local food schemes: Typical vegetable yields are about 100 tons per ha, enough for about 25 people, so a village of 3000 residents require about 120 ha.

The intent is that the scheme provider (farmer or local community group) would be responsible for ongoing maintenance. Maintenance of sustainable energy schemes is usually provided by the manufacturer as part of the purchase agreement.

Developer contributions, Grant funding

Various sources of funding are possible, ranging from self-funded by individual contributions/investments to commercial loans and government grants/subsidies.

The take-up of developing schemes for each village and the city would vary but once the planning policy is confirmed and the first few schemes have started, take-up will accelerate, hence 10 years might be optimistic but is achievable.

A combined proposal from the city and villages in close proximity to the green belt requires more time to organise than is available by your deadline.

Form ID: 46146
Respondent: Dr Toni Johnson

Parker's Piece CB1

10

Open space and playing fields.

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Neighbourhood Public Park & Garden, Informal Parkland & amenity space, Green space for carbon offsetting, Green space for flood storage

I propose that Parker's Piece should have as many trees on it as it will take without interfering with its use as a sports field.

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We all know why we need more trees! Parker's Piece is a huge iconic space in central Cambridge that is polluted by the heavy traffic around it, yet it is used as sports facilities for the children of St Albans School and Parkside Community College and innumerable informal ball games and athletic activities, not to mention the cricket. We need more trees on it it to mop up CO2, provide shade and cooling by transpiration, prevent flooding, act as a barrier to the pollutants from surrounding roads, provide interest, restore the balance of nature and look beautiful.

Parker's Piece is used as a sport's field, but it is big enough to have many more trees on it.

Yes (Please give details)

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No

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Yes (Please give details)

The environmental considerations are well documented in the 2001 and 2016 Conservation Plans.

No

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No

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Available now

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There is some debate whether the City Council owns Parker's Piece.

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Grant funding

Cambridge Canopy Project may have money for more trees on Parker's Piece. City Councillors will need to provide money for planning, consultation and design.

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The idea that Parker's Piece should be managed differently in a ore environmental sensitive way was raised recently, in January 2020. A team is working to promote the idea and is due to meet in early March, so has yet to get started. To date there has been a survey of 460 local people which was overwhelmingly (93%) in support of planting more trees on Parker's Piece.

Form ID: 46248
Respondent: Ms Daphne Fisher

Land on the East side of the Cottenham Road on the North side of Histon, immediately North of the new school being built on the Buxhall Farm site.

Some but not all of the County Council land at Buxhall Farm

Arable farming

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Greenfield

Neighbourhood Public Park & Garden, Informal Parkland & amenity space

Public open space with trees and amenity grassland. Particularly needed for the children coming out of the new school needing to run around after school and for mothers with pre-school children with siblings at the school who need a space to socialise and exercise their toddlers. Details depend on the outcomes of public consultation and the requirements of the park managers, possibly the Histon and Impington Parish Council, if not the County Council. Possible details include areas of woodland, a pond and childrens' play facilities.

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Histon and Impington is short of the area of public open space recommended in the government's planning guidelines. In particular, there is very little amenity grassland in a pleasant setting accessible to parents of small children. What there is is heavily used, especially after school. The development could provide a space for children at the new school to run around in after school, to get fresh air and exercise and contact with nature. It would provide a venue for school expeditions learning about nature. It could provide a safe space for pre-school children to exercise and play with twigs or balls if suitably landscaped. It could provide a natural space for parents of the schoolchildren to socialise. It could also be a place for informal recreation for people of all ages - somewhere with a park bench and a bit of a view.

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The site is bounded on one side by the Cottenham Road, so this should not be a problem.

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No

This would need checking at a later stage, but I do not know of any.

No

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Next 5 years

This is up to the County Council to decide, as landowner.

No

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Grant funding

The Parish Council could apply for grants.

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Form ID: 46305
Respondent: monica bijok

Airport

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Airport

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Greenfield

Wildlife opportunity site

This whole area should be rewilded, and linked to Coldhams Common by a green bridge. It should be a safe haven for wildlife and therefore be closed to the public most of the time. No dogs.

No

Yes

Green wildlife bridge over Barnwell Rd.

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Lungs for the city, and life support system for all wildlife that is endangered due to pesticides, habitat fragmentation, new housing development and roads.

The biggest constraint is Cambridge Ahead members and Labour councillors both pushing growth. Cambridge Ahead primarily to build min reg standard unimaginative housing to maximise profit margins, labour councillors to try to get rid of the waiting list for council homes that still hasn't reduced despite the endless new developments that have already gone up around the city.

Yes (Please give details)

As per airport

No

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No

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Next 5 years

They've been talking about it for years!

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?

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50

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The Marshalls should donate the land in reparation for the vast carbon debt they have to the planet.

None.

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Form ID: 46458
Respondent: Irina Szmelskyj

Woodland area directly opposite 70, 72, 74, 76 Cambridge Road, Impington, Cambs CB24 9NU

0.17

Not used

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None known

Don't know

Wildlife opportunity site, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting

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No

No

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The area lost many trees due to the A14 upgrade works. Planting the proposed land with more trees will help to reduce the impact on pollution. It will also provide wildlife with new habitat, as many habitats have been destroyed.

No

Yes (Please give details)

Site can be accessed via Cambridge Road, Impington CB24 9NU

No

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Not sure

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Available now

As far as I'm aware it is not being used for any specific purpose.

No

Not that I know of.

n/a

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No

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Grant funding, Other

The residents could fund planting of the land.

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Form ID: 47173
Respondent: Mrs Sam Davies

Lower Valley Farm Balsham Rd, Cambridge CB21 5DA

150 hectares

Arable farm land

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Greenfield, with limited agricultural buildings

Wildlife opportunity site, Country Park, Informal Parkland & amenity space, Growing space (including allotments, community garden and orchard), Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting

Beacon Forest is a proposal being developed in collaboration with Cambs County Council, currently under Forestry Commission guidance (Woodland Creation Planning Grant Phase 2). It will offer 150 hectares of woodland planting plus chalkland amenity space, accessed from Balsham Road and via the Roman Road. It is intended to be the anchor site for a larger '1000 acre wood' developed in conjunction with local landowners and to form part of the ambition for a landscape corridor through the Gogs. We are also working closely with Cambridge PPF and the Wildlife Trust.

Yes

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Health and wellbeing for local residents Biodiversity enrichment and enhancement of environmental corridors in the area Informal amenity and play space Green space for carbon offsetting

These are being explored as part of the Forestry Commission approvals process. No limitations have been found to date.

No

Vehicle access from Balsham Road

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No

These are being explored as part of the Forestry Commission approvals process. No constraints have been found to date.

No

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Next 5 years

We are making good progress with the Forestry Commission process, supported by the County Council. We are due to take over the tenancy in October 2021.

No

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October 2021

October 2024

Three

Lease

Forestry Commission grant funding plus public fundraising and agricultural incentives

No

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N/A at this stage

N/A at this stage

Grant funding

Forestry Commission grant funding in the first instance once Stage 2 approval is achieved. In the long term Beacon Forest will be supported by carbon offsetting payments, corporate social responsibility activities, community volunteers and philanthropy.

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We will confirm when Stage 2 approval is achieved.

Form ID: 47271
Respondent: Carbon Neutral Cambridge

the site of former orchard above Haslingfield, on top of the hill on the LHS of the road that goes towards Barrington. This would make a great community orchard, or woodland planted for biodiversity and habitat purposes

1ha?

apparently none

orchard. many decades agod

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Wildlife opportunity site, Informal Parkland & amenity space, Growing space (including allotments, community garden and orchard), Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting

any of the options I've ticked...

Yes

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habitat, carbon, food, recreation (its a beautiful spot)

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Yes (Please give details)

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No

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No

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Available now

in theory now, but I don't own it

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Form ID: 48065
Respondent: Arrington Parish Council
Agent: No Agent N/A

Church End, Arrington

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Please see map attached which delineates the area we consider should be granted LGS status. The site is historical pasture land that sits just outside of the village envelope. Planning permission has been sought for this site on several occasions in the past (we can supply application numbers) but this has always been turned down on the basis of the special nature of the site. However, more recently, planning permission has been granted for two houses on a plot bordering the site (within the village envelope) but with an area of this pasture land also included in the purchase. The parish council seeks to have LGS status given to this site to protect it for the future. The land meets the criteria for an LGS on the following grounds: 1. Natural beauty: Hilly area of old permanent pasture, with broad views across the village to the Grade 1 listed parkland of Wimpole Hall, dropping to a stream at the bottom of the valley. 2. Tranquility: One of only two tranquil areas in the village sited away from the stressful noise of the A1198. A favourite dog walking and wildlife spotting area; it is easily accessed via two branches of the Clopton Way public footpath. 3. Recreational value: Used regularly for map reading by Duke of Edinburgh Award groups; Ramblers Association (report attached) are regular users of the public footpath which runs from Wimpole through the site of the Medieval village of Clopton and on to Gamlingay. Historically was used for motorcycle scrambling; now used by local children for tobogganing in the winter and den building etc. in summer. There is also a Geocache treasure box, in active use, among the elm trees. 4. Historic links: The site is near the Grade 1 listed village church and is adjacent to a Grade 2 listed cottage. It also provides views of the Grade 1 listed parkland of the Wimpole Hall Estate. 5. Wildlife diversity: The site is in close proximity to existing SAC for Eversden and Wimpole Woods. A wide range of wildlife species have been observed on the site. A stand of old, healthy elms sit at the top of the site. Species of wildlife documented include Barbastelle and other bats, foxes, fallow deer, muntjacs, barn owl (roosting), brown owl, red kite, buzzard, mallard. The stream at the bottom provides an aquatic habitat for wildlife, which could be enhanced by establishing a pond which would also alleviate existing flooding problems. (Wildlife report attached). 6. Special to community: This is a much loved area that is regularly used by local people and visitors to the area especially those walking the Clopton Way. When the footpath was recently blocked there were more protests to the Parish Council than have been raised by any other issue we can remember. Attachments as follows: Map of Site, Wildlife Report, Ramblers Association Report, Photo File.

Arrington Parish Council is seeking LGS status for the one remaining area of unspoilt natural beauty on the edge of the village with a long history of use by the villagers and public. It is an area that forms part of the Clopton Way Public Footpath. . We believe it has many features that meet the following criteria:  Natural Beauty: Rolling hillside with meandering stream  Tranquility: Peaceful site away from the A1198  Recreational Value: Play area for children and footpath for dog walkers and ramblers.  Historic Links: Lies adjacent to Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings.  Wildlife Diversity: Rich in Flora and Fauna including Barbastelle Bats  Special to Community: Valuable area widely used by the local and wider community.

Form ID: 48088
Respondent: Cambridge Past, Present & Future

Coton Countryside Reserve, Coton, Cambridge CB23 7PZ

110

Farmland and Countryside Reserve

Not Specified

Planning application to create Countryside Reserve (car park and suds scheme)

Greenfield

Wildlife opportunity site, Country Park, Informal Parkland & amenity space, Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting, Green space for flood storage, River or watercourse restoration, Other (please describe)

Other - Water quality wetland schemes Description of your proposed green space (please be as full as possible in describing your proposal) In the 1930s, with financial help from Professor George M Trevelyan, we were able to acquire 300 acres of farmland near Coton village on the western edge of Cambridge. We bought this land specifically to prevent urban sprawl but initial steps were taken to improve the landscape by planting trees. Work was halted by World War II and afterwards by the need to save the Gog Magog Hills and create Wandlebury Country Park. During this time the land was managed as a mixed farm with arable and livestock, providing an income for the charity's work. In the 1990s, we began to ask how we could improve the farm holding for nature and to benefit the increasing population of the Cambridge area. In 2003 we finalised an ambitious long-term proposal for a new Coton Countryside Reserve on some of this land, which would combine nature, public access and a working farm. Funding was secured from central and local government, grants, donations and legacies. Work got underway in 2004 to create new paths and entrances, picnic spots, new ponds, information boards and car parking. With the help of the community we planned and planted several new orchards, as well as new hedges, woodlands and meadow. The concrete “spine route” through the reserve provides easy access for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and wheelchair users. We officially opened this path and the new reserve in 2008. The farmland on the Reserve is managed sensitively for wildlife by our tenant farmer who is supported through a Higher Level Countryside Stewardship grant. Coton Countryside Reserve is long-term project and we are still working to try and realise all our plans. The charity would like to take more land out of agricultural use for the benefit of the environment, nature and people.

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Yes (Please give details)

Yes there is access from Grantchester Road (already a car park). There are currently overflow parking bays that would need to be surfaced if the park was to be expanded.

No

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No

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Yes (Please give details)

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No

Water main and other services. These are known and would not be a constraint.

Next 5 years

There is some land which would be suitable for ecological enhancement which is available now. Farmland is within a FBT and sufficient notice would need to be provided to tenant. The farmland is also in Countryside Stewardship, exit from which would need to be negotiated with NE.

No

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The land is already in our ownership. The only constraint for further development as a “green site” is the requirement to offset the loss of income generated from the lease of farmland. In other words the land would either have to be purchased or leased from us for use as a green site or there would need to be an ongoing compensatory payment.

Nothing chosen

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Other

One scheme that we are developing is an integrated wetland treatment system which would treat sewage water from Coton Water Treatment facility in order to meet Water Framework Directive for water quality in the Bin Brook. This scheme would involve creating a series of 5 large pools which would also provide wildlife habitat and public access. Funding will be sought from Anglia Water and other funders. This scheme would also involve a diffuse pollution treatment wetland which would further improve water quality and also address flooding, we are approaching Environment Agency for potential funding.

Evidence might include: • Habitats and / or species site designations • Biodiversity survey of the existing site • Evidence of how the proposal connects with the wider green spaces network • Evidence of any benefits provided by the green space proposal • Evidence of costs and delivery mechanisms • Evidence of support for your proposal from third parties You can find out more information at https://www.cambridgeppf.org/Pages/Category/coton-country-reserve

Our proposal does not involve a development. We are offering our land as a site to convert farmland into other uses to benefit nature and the local community, providing that sufficient funding is available to offset the loss in rental income that we receive for this land. We have not worked a proposal up in detail b/c there is no associated development. If the LPA was interested in considering Coton Reserve as a future green site then we would work up proposals accordingly. We are working us a scheme for the integrated wetland, the feasibility for this project is being funded by the Environment Agency and is due to be completed in autumn 2020 at which point we can submit it as evidence. We estimate this scheme may cost in the region of £500k to deliver and operate for 20 years.

Form ID: 48089
Respondent: Cambridge Past, Present & Future

Farmland at Balsham (“Little Field”), Down track off West Wickham Road, Balsham CB21 4DZ (Grid ref TL 592 497)

3.5

Farmland

Not Specified.

Not Specified.

Greenfield

Wildlife opportunity site, Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting

Description of your proposed green space (please be as full as possible in describing your proposal) Currently farmland but is adjacent to Balsham Wood SSSI. Would be ideal location for new woodland creation as it would expand the SSSI, in line with government 25 Year Env Plan – making existing designated sites “Bigger, Better & More Connected”.

Yes

No

No answer given

Not specified.

Not specified.

Not specified.

Yes (Please give details)

Yes there is access, no access does not need to be improved.

No

Not specified.

No

Not specified.

No

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No

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Next 5 years

Currently in a FBT so would need to give tenant notice

Nothing chosen

None

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Other

The land is already in our ownership. The only constraint for further development as a “green site” is the requirement to offset the loss of income generated from the lease of farmland. In other words the land would either have to be purchased or leased from us for use as a green site or there would need to be an ongoing compensatory payment. Create a new area of native broadleaved woodland adjacent to Balsham Wood SSSI

No

Not specified.

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Not specified.

Other

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Evidence might include: • Habitats and / or species site designations • Biodiversity survey of the existing site • Evidence of how the proposal connects with the wider green spaces network • Evidence of any benefits provided by the green space proposal • Evidence of costs and delivery mechanisms • Evidence of support for your proposal from third parties

Our proposal does not involve a development. We are offering our land as a site to convert farmland into other uses to benefit nature and the local community, providing that sufficient funding is available to offset the loss in rental income that we receive for this land. We have not worked a proposal up in detail b/c there is no associated development. If the LPA was interested in considering this as a future green site then we would work up proposals accordingly.

Form ID: 51008
Respondent: Trinity College Cambridge
Agent: Sphere25

LAND TO THE NORTH OF THE A14

90Ha

Agricultural Land

N/A

N/A

Greenfield

Wildlife opportunity site, Country Park, Neighbourhood Public Park & Garden, Informal Parkland & amenity space, Growing space (including allotments, community garden and orchard), Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting, Green space for flood storage, River or watercourse restoration

Planning Practice Guidance1 provides advice on the role of the Green Belt in the planning system. The guidance states that ‘where it has been demonstrated that it is necessary to release Green Belt land for development, strategic policy-making authorities should set out policies for compensatory improvements to the environmental quality and accessibility of the remaining Green Belt land. These may be informed by supporting evidence of landscape, biodiversity or recreational needs and opportunities.’ Cambridge Science Park North is being developed as a location that can provide compensatory improvements to a substantial (circa 90 hectares) area of remaining Green Belt land providing: • A network of new green infrastructure; with links to Milton Country Park, Histon & Impington, and Arbury and Kings Hedges. • Woodland planting of sufficient scale to provide meaningful woodland carbon capture2; • Landscape and visual enhancements taking existing agricultural land and 1 Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, published 22 July 2019 Paragraph: 002 Reference ID: 64-002-20190722 2 The Forestry Commission suggests that a new native woodland can capture 300-400 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per hectare (tCO 2e/ha) by year 50, and 400-500 tCO 2e/ha by year 100. creating a valuable green asset for neighbouring communities and employees. • Improvements to biodiversity, habitat connectivity and the introduction of natural capital to an area of low ecological value agricultural land. • New and enhanced walking and cycle routes, linking into the planned improvements to Mere Way; and • Improved access to new recreational and playing field provision. These proposed uses are all entirely compatible with both the purposes of the Green Belt and uses which are deemed as appropriate within the Green Belt3 i.e. material changes in the use of land for outdoor sport and recreation.

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Trinity College Cambridge as custodian of Cambridge Science Park have already submitted via the previous call for sites 163ha of land located to the north of Cambridge, adjacent to the Cambridge Regional College, north west of Cambridge Science Park, and between the villages of Histon and Milton. The 90ha of green space proposed forms part of this 163ha submission for provision of employment land for skilled manufacturing and development associated with science and technology.

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Trinity College Cambridge are proposing a substantial area of land within the expansion to 3 In accordance with NPPF paragraph 146e the existing Science Park be dedicated as part of the wider green space network. This area of land which is currently inaccessible to the public provides an opportunity to introduce a safe, accessible and inclusive location for community sporting and leisure facilities and accessible green space. Planning Practice Guidance provides advice on the role of the Green Belt in the planning system. The guidance suggests that ‘where it has been demonstrated that it is necessary to release Green Belt land for development, strategic policy-making authorities should set out policies for compensatory improvements to the environmental quality and accessibility of the remaining Green Belt land. These may be informed by supporting evidence of landscape, biodiversity or recreational needs and opportunities. Cambridge Science Park North is being developed as a location that can provide compensatory improvements to a substantial (circa 90 hectares) area of land, which will remain within the Green Belt, but will replace currently low ecological value agricultural land with: • A network of new green infrastructure; with links to Milton Country Park, Histon & Impington, and Arbury and Kings Hedges. • Woodland planting of sufficient scale to provide meaningful woodland carbon capture. • Landscape and visual enhancements taking existing agricultural land and creating a valuable green asset for neighbouring communities and employees. • Improvements to biodiversity, habitat connectivity and the introduction of natural capital to an area of low ecological value agricultural land. • New and enhanced walking and cycle routes, linking into the planned improvements to Mere Way; and • Improved access to new recreational and playing field provision. These proposed uses are all entirely compatible with both the purposes of the Green Belt and uses which are deemed as appropriate within the Green Belt. As a general point, TCC wish to enhance the public realm and green spaces within the existing Cambridge Science Park so that they better provide for sustainable travel choices, more pleasant areas, promote outdoor working and enhance the quality of place. Cambridge Science Park has a wealth of outdoor space that we recognise could be more effectively designed for the benefit of residents and work is underway to address this. In addition, more should be done to green the public transport corridors linking housing and employment areas to Cambridge City Centre. This should be combined with opportunities to provide and enhance green links to existing communities, for Cambridge Science Park North this should include green links through to Arbury and Kings Hedges to the south.

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Access will be provided in accordance with the provision of Cambridge Science Park North – ie sustainable access as first priority.

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Detail to be provided under separate cove.

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Next 5 years

The green space would become available during phased delivery of Cambridge Science Park North.

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Tied to delivery of Cambridge Science Park North

Tied to delivery of Cambridge Science Park North

Tied to delivery of Cambridge Science Park North

Other

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Developer contributions

Given the scale of open space to be provided detail to be provided under separate cover but developer funded primarily

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The proposals are at an early stage, and further consultation is being held with both the Parish Council and Cambridge Regional College to ensure the recreational and sporting facilities will best serve future users. As these plans develop we will share further information.

Form ID: 51039
Respondent: This Land Ltd
Agent: Cundall

Land West of Dubbs Knoll Road, Guilden Morden, South Cambridgeshire, SG8 0LB

1.2

Vacant Grassland

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S/1860/91/O – Application for the erection of 20 houses – Refused S/1216/92/O – Application for the erection of 15 houses – Withdrawn S/0937/17/OL – Outline application to erect 20 dwellings including matters of access all other matters reserved – Appeal dismissed

Greenfield

Neighbourhood Public Park & Garden

Potential Public Open Space.

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Market and Affordable Housing

Land West of Dubbs Knoll Road, Guilden Morden.

Land to the West of Dubbs Knoll Road is submitted for consideration. Our client views the site as a unique opportunity to provide public open space as a central feature of a wider residential development. There is an opportunity for the open space to be wellrelated to the existing grassed space east of the site, creating a meaningful extension of open space in village and ensuring visual connection between the village and the open space. The NPPF defines green infrastructure as ‘a network of multi-functional green space, urban and rural, which is capable of delivering a wide range of environmental and quality of life benefits for local communities.’ Our client considers the provision of green infrastructure to be vital in ensuring healthy communities and a distinctive sense of place within our built environment. Chapter 15 of the NPPF places great emphasis on the conservation and enhancement of the natural environment and sets out that Plans should take ‘a strategic approach to maintaining and enhancing networks of habitats and green infrastructure’. In preparing local plans, local authorities should ensure that policies are carefully worded in relation to the provision and enhancement of green infrastructure to compliance with the NPPF. It is essential that, when considering the designation or allocation of green space and sites for green infrastructure, sites are supported by robust evidence to justify why they should be allocated. It is also important that the Plan does not apply blanket policies which preclude any development for sites which are either currently undeveloped, or which are considered as suitable for designation as green infrastructure as this would be contrary to the requirements of the NPPF. The Plan should acknowledge that green infrastructure on sites which have been developed or are suitable for development also contribute to the wider network and that development has an important role in the provision and enhancement of green infrastructure. The Issues and Options stage of the plan should be viewed as an opportunity to use development to provide a range of tangible benefits to local areas linked to the higher level aims of the Greater Cambridge Local Plan around sustainability and health and wellbeing.

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No

Site access to broadly reflect the established design/access in line with previous scheme (appeal scheme)

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Next 5 years

Please see main call for sites submission – Land West of Dubbs Knoll Road.

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2022

2-3 years

2026

Other

To be confirmed – to be delivered and maintained through a management management company / adopted by local authority as part of wider potential housing development. Potential to be delivered as part of residential scheme.

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Not Specified.

Land in ownership of This Land Ltd. Space to be provided as part of a potential associated scheme – not yet costed.

To be confirmed as part of associated housing scheme.

Other

To be delivered as part of a potential associated residential scheme. Please see Call for Sites. ‘Land West of Dubbs Knoll Road’

Evidence might include: • Habitats and / or species site designations • Biodiversity survey of the existing site • Evidence of how the proposal connects with the wider green spaces network • Evidence of any benefits provided by the green space proposal • Evidence of costs and delivery mechanisms • Evidence of support for your proposal from third parties - Location Plan - Ecology report, form appeal scheme

- Refreshed Ecological report (Phase 1) currently in progress.

Form ID: 51893
Respondent: South Newnham Neighbourhood Forum

Skaters Meadow Footpath

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Form ID: 51894
Respondent: South Newnham Neighbourhood Forum

Secondary Woodland at Pembroke College Allotments

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Form ID: 51895
Respondent: South Newnham Neighbourhood Forum

Mature Woodland at The Back of Croft Gardens

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Form ID: 51896
Respondent: South Newnham Neighbourhood Forum

Newnham Croft School Wilderness Area

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Form ID: 51897
Respondent: South Newnham Neighbourhood Forum

Wide Green Verges on North Side of Barton Road

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Form ID: 53032
Respondent: Foxton Parish Council

Tenanted county farmland (Herod’s Farm) between Foxton Woods and the southern edge of Foxton village. It abuts the end of Hillfield, is immediately south of Foxton Primary School, the allotments, Caxton Lane and West Hill Road, and has locked vehicular access off the High Street

Several hectares

Arable production

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None

Greenfield, with very small part brownfield (barn and surrounding hard surface) closest to the High Street vehicular access.

Wildlife opportunity site, Country Park, Informal Parkland & amenity space, Growing space (including allotments, community garden and orchard), Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Other (please describe)

Wildlife opportunity site - It is included in the submission Foxton Neighbourhood Plan as a potential future biodiversity enhancement area. This plan was sent to SCDC in 2/20 Country Park - Consideration may be made of its potential as a small local country park, but the prime focus is on biodiversity and landscape enhancement Informal Parkland & amenity space - Foxton PC has been given S106 money to extend the Recreation Ground in the NE corner of the site should the land become available Growing space (including allotments, community garden and orchard) - Adjoins the village allotments so scope for a small community orchard in that corner Natural & Semi Natural Open Space - Plan would be to create chalk grassland as chalk very close to surface, reinstate a hedgerow that used to line the public footpath, and allow informal public access. Woodland - Adjoins publicly accessible community woodland, owned by Cambs CC and managed in partnership with the Friends of Foxton Woods. Thin strip of mature non-publicly accessible CCC-owned woodland on west edge of West Hill wood. Description - There is no detailed masterplan for the site at this stage as we know the landowner has submitted the same land for development in the ‘call for sites’. Cambs CC objected to aspects of the draft Neighbourhood Plan (NP) that included this landscape (sensitive urban edge, strategic views etc). However the idea for a change of land use came through the community consultation for the NP, and the Landscape Character Assessment prepared as evidence to inform the NP. The site adjoins the community woodland, and is easily accessible from the public footpath. We envisage converting the land use from arable to permanent chalk grassland, with a wide variety of chalkland flora and fauna, and maintaining it as such (methods to be determined). The locality is known for an exceptionally high breeding population of nationally declining (red listed) corn bunting and supports all key Cambridgeshire-farmland assemblage species with the addition of two Specially protected annual breeding species ( under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981) within 100 metres of the site. The chalk grassland and its associated invertebrate population would provide additional foraging, cover and long term viability for such species.

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Whole/partly depending on ecological factors

Yes potentially. The landowners have submitted all/part of the land for development through the Local Plan call for sites. It is however outside the village development location proposal: framework and does not fit with Group Village status for development. There is a large barn and hard surfacing close to the High Street access point, and this small part of the site could offer potential for appropriate zero carbon, high standard development to fit the policies of the Submission Neighbourhood Plan (e.g. day care centre). Most of the remaining land is sloping. The site has potential to be a biodiversity net gain site in line with the 2019 Environment Bill and the council’s commitment to Biodiversity net gain. Biodiversity offsetting will be required by the council in order to deliver such policies and compensate for the loss of farmland assemblages to development. Such offsetting should focus on connectivity and expansion of the most viable and diverse farmland communities such as that found in Foxton.

Community facility e.g. day care centre. Cambridgeshire County Council has submitted all/part of the land in the Local Plan call for sites. Details not known. Foxton and surrounding parishes are deficient in accessible natural green space (ANGS), of all sizes/standards, as identified by Natural England’s ANGST report in 2010/11. See www.foxtonparishcouncil.gov.uk for relevant extracts from this report. This was part of the supporting evidence for the NP along with the Foxton Landscape Character Assessment 2017 (also on PC website). Foxton PC has also been allocated S106 money to extend the Recreation Ground abutting the land. Qualitative feedback from the several NP community consultations expressed interest in improving the biodiversity of the parish. The community is already actively managing the dovecot meadow (leased from CCC) and the community woodland (owned by CCC). At present people walking the footpath cannot access this land but if converted to chalk grassland it offers scope for greater public access to get close to nature, with its known physical and mental health benefits. The only other accessible natural greenspace in Foxton is the small dovecot meadow. Access with be careful to be balanced to minimise potential impacts upon biodiversity The site should be considered as an ideal pioneer location for biodiversity offsetting which will be required to deliver the Biodiversity Net Gain development policy. This is on account of the exceptional assemblage of farmland species in the neighbouring fields. Most notable is a breeding ratio of corn buntings (red list) of at least 10 per km2 , where most sites are in the region of 4 per km2 . In winters where there are fallow fields flocks of 300 + corn buntings are recorded. The area also supports breeding yellow wagtail, yellowhammer, linnet, skylark, and a large population of grey partridge with coveys of 25 + regular in winter, Tree sparrow has wintered for 3 of the last 4 winters here and may breed with the presence of additional foraging resources. Flocks of Golden Plover are regular in winter in the neighbouring fields. Two specially protected Schedule 1 bird species (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981) breed annually within 100 metres of the area and brown hare is frequent. Creation of a meadow would provide valuable foraging habitat to strengthen the farmland assemblage and increase diversity and connectivity with community woodland. Development across South Cambridgeshire will have the greatest strengthen the farmland assemblage and increase diversity and connectivity with community woodland. Development across South Cambridgeshire will have the greatest impact upon such farmland assemblages and the council will need to develop biodiversity offset sites which should concentrate on the key, viable populations, and this land offers that opportunity with community surveys providing data to demonstrate the high value. The meadow would also strengthen green corridors which could be extended in time to form a link with RSPB Fowlmere SSSI, and the Countryside Stewardship supported wildflower margins and hedgerows on nearby Thriplow farm. The meadow would increase the density and viability of the unique farmland assemblage within the parish.(Unique on account of its present density). Conversely, development for housing here would greatly diminish said assemblage and lead to the loss of 2 specially protected breeding birds ( not named as confidential) specially protected under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The presence of this assemblage and key species would require significant offsetting in the development process and bring into question viability of any such process

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Yes (Please give details)

Off High Street Foxton through metal field gate, and in theory from southern end of Caxton Lane along public footpath but currently blocked off to prevent hare coursers

Yes (please give details)

As stated above, the slope should not constrain creation of chalk grassland which is often on sloping downland.

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There is a gas pipeline which crosses the adjacent woods so assume it is also under the fields

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Next 5 years

Cambs CC own the site, but the tenant has recently died and the county council has advertised the tenancy with a start date of October 2020. Foxton PC has recently approached Cambs CC to request a short permissive access path across the land to the woods from the other side of the village, but they turned down the request pending the outcome of their call for sites for development bid. As the dovecot meadow is on a 25 year lease from CCC, the parish council would be seeking a mechanism to manage the land as accessible natural greenspace.

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Tenancy up for renewal so ideal time to consider a change of land management/use, particularly with the anticipated new Government Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) and the Biodiversity Net Gain opportunity

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several years to gradually establish species rich chalk grassland sward, although it will immediately be of value for the bird assemblage. Maximising the diversity of the sward will require a long term and adaptive management which the community will lead upon

Lease, Agri-environment scheme, Other

Biodiversity net gain Community Land Trust as a potential delivery and long-term management option. We would use local expertise (ecologist and landscape architect) to advise on precise methodology of establishing chalk grassland and ongoing management. May take some years to reduce fertility of soil as been used for arable cropping.

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Foxton PC would wish to work in partnership with landowners, Wildlife Trust, RSPB and other relevant organisations to achieve multiple gains.

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Creation of a stale seedbed, followed by wildflower seeding. Annual cut and lift regime to reduce fertility of soil, as has been done by volunteers since 2004 in the dovecot wildflower meadow. Local expertise within the parish to develop as a community project,

Developer contributions, Grant funding, Other

Developer Contributions - Potential if designated as a biodiversity net gain site. Would be ideal offsetting site to ensure county viability of key Cambridgeshire farmland bird assemblage, and botanical and invertebrate community; Grant Funding - Yes, including new ELMS grants from Government (no information yet available but priority to be environment and public good); Other - Possibly Answer - It is too early to be specific. Details of the new ELMS grant support packages are not yet known. See Biodiversity Net Gain as a key opportunity to explore and there may be other grant packages available for specific aspects of the proposed project.

Evidence might include: • Habitats and / or species site designations - None • Biodiversity survey of the existing site - Recent ecological survey of adjacent woodland • Evidence of how the proposal connects with the wider green spaces network – would establish link to Recreation Ground and village allotments. Adjacent to community woodland and public footpath. Ideally would like to see it linked to wider Green Infrastructure Network, but surrounded by fertile agricultural land, some under Countryside Stewardship. Scope to re-establish and strengthen arable hedgerows as wildlife corridors • Evidence of any benefits provided by the green space proposal – local ecological knowledge on breeding birds; visual landscape benefits fitting landscape character, biodiversity gain, human health through access to nature • Evidence of costs and delivery mechanisms – none available yet • Evidence of support for your proposal from third parties – community consultations for Neighbourhood Plan. Others would be sought

Key issue is gaining support from Cambridgeshire CC County Farms, pending their development bid under call for sites and their requirement to maximize income from the land.

Form ID: 53067
Respondent: Margaret Lynch

Kneesworth Road, Meldreth, SG8 6LL

12.5

Part Derelict, Part Agriculture

Part was a Traveller Site until acquired by Meldreth Parish Council and is now 'Brownfield'. Retained as Traveller status.

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Mix

Wildlife opportunity site, Country Park, Neighbourhood Public Park & Garden, Informal Parkland & amenity space, Natural & Semi Natural Open Space, Woodland, Green space for carbon offsetting, Green space for flood storage, Other (please describe)

Other - Multi Use Games and Football Pitch Cambridgeshire is an arable county. Space for walking and outdoor recreation is limited, and heavily used. For example. heavy use of National Trust land at Wimpole Hall resulting in damage to verges and footpaths. This plan for a Meldreth Country and Leisure Park is intended to provide three major benefits to enhance the local environment. 1. A woodland walk, woodland adventure playground, multiple use games pitch, and grassland events area for concerts, fairground, farmers markets and picnics. 2. To upgrade the Kneesworth Road area of Meldreth. This has 2 low cost housing roads and 2 roads of fixed caravans for travelling showmen. Much of the land on the south of Kneesworth Road is dangerous brownfield or derelict woodland. It is an outlier to the main village. The plan is to include at one end of the Country Park, a mixture of Market and Affordable housing thus widening the housing base. This is intended to link this area more closely to the village centre. The Country and Leisure Park is also intended to invigorate Kneesworth Road area, and to provide it with the health benefits of tranquillity and beautiful countryside, and also for the whole village. 3. Meldreth has a football pitch in its central recreation ground, which covers most of it. It is proposed that this is moved to the Country and Leisure Park and a multi use pitch created. The Recreation Ground would then be transformed into a Public Park and Garden to enable this central open space to be used by many more people. Recent growth of population of the viIIage requires greater recreation space. 4. Other benefits would include: Meeting our target to increase woodland cover, wildlife habitat and green spaces. Helping to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration. Providing community benefits through public access. Public access to land is limited in South Cambridgeshire due to its arable nature. The urban area would be enhanced and the landscape improved. Supporting rural development with a village medical centre.

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Community Facilities, Market and Affordable Housing

Postcode: SG8 6LL National Grid Reference: 369459

The proposal is for a Country and Leisure Park: 1. Mainly consisting of woodland with paths for access. This is to provide a walk of approximately 1.50k up and down Mettle Hill. 2. Also proposed is an open area with a viewing mount for concerts and theatre. This area also to have a pavilion and open picnic area for open air family and leisure use. 3. Also a woodland adventure playground for children up to 16. 4. A multi use games and football pitch 5. A possible medical centre

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Yes (Please give details)

Four new access points from Kneesworth Road (1 vehicular, 1 farm access, 2 pedestrian)

No

The site slopes gently uphill from East to West

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Some limited provision of water, sewage, electricity utilities.

Next 6-10 years

1. Acquisition of Lane - Funding; 2. Land remediation; 3. Building sport and community; 4. Landscaping and Planting; These developments will be brought forward on a phased basis.

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Not known, will be subject to due diligence.

2021

2030

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Land purchase, Lease, Agri-environment scheme, Permissive

1. Feasibility Study; 2. Finance and Land Purchase; 3. Landscape design and implementation

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Remediation of Traveller Site

See accompanying documents.

Woodland; Multi Use Sports Pitches; Gateways, Paths, Fences and ditches

Developer contributions, Grant funding, Other

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Our proposal is supported by Meldreth County and two district councillors.

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