1. Introduction

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Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 167980

Received: 23/07/2019

Respondent: Cambridgeshire County Council

Representation:

1.3 KEY ISSUES (1, 3 & 4)

Archaeological trial trench evaluations and geo-physical surveys identify the application area was intensively settled and cultivated in the Iron Age and Roman period; the 20th century military aviation heritage is also of significance.

Historic Environment recommend an archaeological condition to reduce the impact upon sub-surface assets of archaeological interest.

Historic Environment consider that heritage assets within the site have greater potential to contribute to the character and distinctiveness of the new settlement.

Historic Environment can contribute to identified Key Issues 1, 3 & 4 and on considerations for open space and recreation, which could be supported by heritage trails and interpretation referring to both the archaeological and military heritage.

Consideration should be given to the north-east to south-west runway for the preservation of the site's heritage.

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Object

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168016

Received: 25/07/2019

Respondent: Mr Peter Ashton

Representation:

The development must have direct access to the A428 and it's own healthcare facilities.
Without these, the development will have unacceptable negative impact on the surrounding villages and its future residents.

Full text:

The development must have direct access to the A428 and it's own healthcare facilities.
Without these, the development will have unacceptable negative impact on the surrounding villages and its future residents.

Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168041

Received: 24/07/2019

Respondent: The National Trust

Representation:

1.3 KEY ISSUES - 2: GREEN TO THE CORE
Whilst the Trust raised no objection to the proposed development of a new village at Bourn, we are concerned about the shortfall in existing open space provision within easy access of development locations to the west of Cambridge.

Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168042

Received: 24/07/2019

Respondent: The National Trust

Representation:

1.3 KEY ISSUES - 4: SUPPORTING A SHIFT TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE ACCESS AND MOVEMENT

Concern for the proposed provision in policy for a segregated bus link from Cambourne to Bourn Airfield, as part of measures to address congestion along A428/A1303 corridor. Part of the proposed busway route crosses Green Belt land to the north of Coton over which The National Trust holds restrictive covenants and we have objected to the scheme on the grounds of landscape and visual impact.

Support

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168105

Received: 29/07/2019

Respondent: DB Group (Holdings) LTD

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation:

1.3 KEY ISSUES - 5 RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EMPLOYMENT SITE

It is essential that the proposed Bourn Airfield New Village, with its significant residential content, takes full account of DB Group's existing operations and will not hamper future expansion plans. This will require particular consideration being given to adequate distance separation from noise sources, site and building layout / orientation, provision of acoustic barriers as deemed necessary as a result of detailed assessments (to be provided at the developer's expense), particularly with regard to noise and air quality.

Full text:

Point 5 of section 1.3, Key Issues, of the draft SPD (Relationship with the employment site) acknowledges the existing manufacturing uses which operate from Bourn Airfield which includes DB Group. DB Group's business was founded in the early 1970s and has been a pioneer in the construction industry since those times. It was originally established to provide specialist sands to industry for cement testing and fuse manufacturing and is still exporting sands all over the world today.

The site which DB Group operate from is located on the north east corner of the Bourn Airfield site. The site is accessed via a shared private road, Wellington Way, which links the site to the roundabout for Highfields Road and St. Neots Road (the old A428). Wellington Way is a no-through road, providing access to the site and other industrial and storage buildings to the eastern edge of the airfield only. The site includes mature areas of woodland which screens the site from views to the south and partially to the west. There is also mature woodland adjacent to the site which screens views from the east.

DB Group began operating from Bourn Airfield in 2012 following comprehensive works to facilitate the use of the site for their operations (refer to planning permission reference S/1712/12/FL). These works facilitated the relocation of their operations from their former site in Lolworth. This relocation was necessary in order to expand production and increase employment as a result of new developments within the construction industry.

The site at Bourn Airfield was, and continues to be, ideal for meeting DB Group's needs. It was chosen as being within commuting distance for its employees; and provided significant expansion potential within the acquired plot (and possibly onto neighbouring land too). South Cambridgeshire is, therefore, an optimum location for the continued presence and expansion of this well-established local firm.

The operations and processes which take place on site include the following:
* Sand grading - filtering sand to provide different levels of fineness;
* Production of additives used in concrete mixes - blending of powders from silo storage;
* Warehousing - receipt and dispatch of goods either manufactured or purchased off site for resale.

These uses, in combination, amount to a B2 General Industrial use. The blending and grading processes undertaken on site generate external noise, particularly in respect of the extraction system used to capture and recycle dust particles from the manufacturing processes to maintain air quality. The site is also serviced by an average of 2 incoming and 3 outgoing HGV movements a day.

The company currently employs 27 full time staff on site with a further 40 being primarily field based and visiting the site approximately once a week.

DB Group are currently exploring a number of expansion opportunities on site. One of these is a volumetric truck operator to supply concrete directly to customers. Activity at their existing site at Bourn associated with this operation would be carried out externally and would entail filling the various hoppers on the vehicle. This would require at least one further silo on site and the use of a mechanical loader to take aggregates and sand from external storage bays. These operations have the potential to increase the level of noise generated at the site and would also increase HGV movements.

In light of the above, it is essential that the proposed Bourn Airfield New Village, with its significant residential content, takes full account of DB Group's existing operations and will not hamper future expansion plans. This will require particular consideration being given to adequate distance separation from noise sources, site and building layout / orientation, provision of acoustic barriers as deemed necessary as a result of detailed assessments (to be provided at the developer's expense), particularly with regard to noise and air quality.

This accords with the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) which states:

"How can the risk of conflict between new development and existing businesses or facilities be addressed?

Development proposed in the vicinity of existing businesses, community facilities or other activities may need to put suitable mitigation measures in place to avoid those activities having a significant adverse effect on residents or users of the proposed scheme.

In these circumstances the applicant (or 'agent of change') will need to clearly identify the effects of existing businesses that may cause a nuisance (including noise, but also dust, odours, vibration and other sources of pollution) and the likelihood that they could have a significant adverse effect on new residents/users. In doing so, the agent of change will need to take into account not only the current activities that may cause a nuisance, but also those activities that businesses or other facilities are permitted to carry out, even if they are not occurring at the time of the application being made.

The agent of change will also need to define clearly the mitigation being proposed to address any potential significant adverse effects that are identified. Adopting this approach may not prevent all complaints from the new residents/users about noise or other effects, but can help to achieve a satisfactory living or working environment, and help to mitigate the risk of a statutory nuisance being found if the new development is used as designed (for example, keeping windows closed and using alternative ventilation systems when the noise or other effects are occurring)."

Paragraph: 009 Reference ID: 30-009-20190722
Revision date: 22 07 2019

Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168134

Received: 30/07/2019

Respondent: Cambourne Town Council

Representation:

1.3 KEY ISSUES - PAGE 4
Cambourne is referred to as a village - should be referred to as a town.

Object

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168156

Received: 29/07/2019

Respondent: Mrs Pauline Joslin

Representation:

1.3 KEY ISSUES 4 SUPPORTING A SHIFT TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE ACCESS AND MOVEMENT

Traffic management solutions must be considered from the outset to prevent rat run - little or no expected traffic numbers of vehicles exiting/entering Bourn Airfield have been published - why? Traffic numbers for the proposed new hotel should also be published.

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Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168164

Received: 29/07/2019

Respondent: Aitchison Developments Ltd. on behalf of Savills Investment Management

Agent: Neame Sutton Ltd

Representation:

1.5 PLANNING CONSENT FOR DEVELOPMENT

The relationship with existing employment site is recognised as a key issue (point 5 on page 5) and requires the new village to ensure the employment site is integrated, including any redevelopment proposals. This is supported.

Redevelopment provides important employment opportunities to meet the needs of new village, district's requirement and support local economy.

Vitally important site can be successfully developed independently of wider strategic site.

Section 1.5: Planning Consent for Development (page 6), states the Council will not determine the planning application until the SPD has been adopted.

Fully appreciate the need to progress an SPD to guide the future development of the new village. Progress should not impede redevelopment. SPD adoption in Autumn 2019. Unlikely to represent an issue in delivery of the proposal provided no delays which delay the decision making process. Particularly where redevelopment complies with principles of emerging SPD.

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Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168231

Received: 19/06/2019

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation:

We have no specific comment to make upon the document, our comments made to your council and remain pertinent

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Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168236

Received: 28/06/2019

Respondent: Fenland District Council

Representation:

Having reviewed the document and given the significant distance from the Fenland District Council area, the Local Planning Authority does not have any comments on the draft document.

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Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168240

Received: 19/07/2019

Respondent: National Grid

Representation:

We have reviewed the above consultation document and can confirm that National Grid has no comments to make in response to this consultation.

Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168258

Received: 29/07/2019

Respondent: Cambridgeshire County Council

Representation:

1.3 KEY ISSUES

Section 1.3 sets out the key delivery issues to be addressed by the SPD. We would in particular suggest that the historic environment could contribute to the following identified key issues:

1. Delivering a strong community with its own identity
3. Settlement pattern
4. Supporting a shift towards sustainable access and movement

As well as considerations such as open space and recreation these issues could be supported by heritage trails and interpretation referring both the archaeological and military heritage.

Full text:

The attached note sets out the County Council officer comments on the Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document in response to a consultation by South Cambridgeshire District Council. Whilst local County Members have been made aware of the consultation, this response does not include their comments or considerations or those of the Economy and Environment Committee which will endorse this response at its meeting on 19th September.

This response includes the comments of the following Council services and functions:
- Transport Assessment
- Education
- County Planning Minerals and Waste
- Historic Environment
- Local Lead Flood Authority
- Public Health

Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168261

Received: 29/07/2019

Respondent: Cambridgeshire County Council

Representation:

1.6 PLANNING POLICY CONTEXT

The reference to the proposed GCP Cambourne to Cambridge route is welcomed, but at this stage the SPD needs to show commitment to a solution rather than "whilst recent reports have found a compelling case for the scheme, it is not yet confirmed", therefore what is the proposed solution to single car occupancy trips to Cambridge from Cambourne/Bourn Airfield?

Full text:

The attached note sets out the County Council officer comments on the Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document in response to a consultation by South Cambridgeshire District Council. Whilst local County Members have been made aware of the consultation, this response does not include their comments or considerations or those of the Economy and Environment Committee which will endorse this response at its meeting on 19th September.

This response includes the comments of the following Council services and functions:
- Transport Assessment
- Education
- County Planning Minerals and Waste
- Historic Environment
- Local Lead Flood Authority
- Public Health

Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168313

Received: 29/07/2019

Respondent: Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd

Agent: Andrew Martin Associates

Representation:

1.3 KEY ISSUES - 2 GREEN TO THE CORE

CP agree with the six stated key issues. However, there is concern with how the wording under 2. 'Green to the core' could be interpreted at the determination of future planning applications. Whilst SCDC aspires to create a cleaner, greener and zero carbon future for all its communities, the latter term should not be regarded as a mandatory requirement. Policy SS/7 requires under 'Sustainability' heading at item 10 that:

"The new village will incorporate and deliver opportunities to exceed sustainable design and
construction standards established by the Local Plan. These measures could include
combined heat and power."

SPD should be consistent with policy guidance and not require even higher standards. Outline planning application contains a package of measures to satisfy this policy which have been discussed and agreed in principle with officers.

Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168314

Received: 29/07/2019

Respondent: Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd

Agent: Andrew Martin Associates

Representation:

1.3 KEY ISSUES - 5 RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EMPLOYMENT SITE

This sub-title should be amended to 'Relationship with existing employment site'. In addition the language should be softened to encourage engagement and collaboration between the developer and the existing employer on the site but not make this a requirement of the successful delivery of the wider Bourn Airfield site.

Comment

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168315

Received: 29/07/2019

Respondent: Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd

Agent: Andrew Martin Associates

Representation:

1.5 PLANNING CONSENT FOR DEVELOPMENT

CP acknowledge that SCDC will not determine its outline planning application until SPD has been adopted. CP have worked collaboratively with Council during Local Plan process, outline planning application process, and in preparation of draft SPD. CP's extensive evidence base has been updated and shared with SCDC. Agreement in principle on most matters. Comments highlight where there are differences of approach or views and wherever possible CP proposes to revise its plans where considered justified.

There are areas where CP consider their proposals have greater overall merit in design terms. Identified in document appended. SPD should provide flexibility to allow a range of design options to be explored, considered and determined through planning application process. CP has sought to demonstrate that its proposals do demonstrate a comprehensive approach to development. Of total of area of MDS at 172.6 hectares, CP control 160.9 hectares (93%). CP has liaised with Council and landowners/promoters of employment sites and owners of land to south to demonstrate the overall allocation and policy objectives, as well as third party interests will not be prejudiced by proposals.

Clearly demonstrated that planning application adopts a fully comprehensive approach. Delete the sentence: "Applications that fail to demonstrate a comprehensive approach to development, as set out in this document, will be refused planning permission". Planning system sets out that SPDs are material considerations and cannot set planning policy in this way.

Object

Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168353

Received: 26/08/2019

Respondent: Mr Stephen Jones

Representation:

SPD claims to provide 'an overview of the site context and key issues to be addressed'. Strongly disagree. While SPD raises many key issues that need to be addressed, they are glossed over or ignored and reader is left with aspirational platitudes.

Of greatest concern is failure to analyse sufficiently the problem of traffic generation. 'Wishful thinking' approach to what previous analysis and experience has shown will be a very significant increase in traffic flows due to residents travelling to and from work.

Our analysis, based on Cambourne today, is that even if we assume assuming an unprecedented modal shift to public transport from 10% to 30%, over 2,100 cars will leave new village in rush period (0715-0915). How is this to be accommodated, given 4,000 cars which will be leaving from Cambourne and West Cambourne?

Our detailed analysis of traffic flows is given in Attachment 1. Originally included in submission on behalf of Coalition of Parish Councils, to Planning Inspectors.

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