Policy S/RRP: Policy areas in the rest of the rural area

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What will this policy do?

Guide development for one new and five existing policy areas within the rest of the rural area outside the rural southern cluster area.

Proposed policy direction

New policy area

S/RRP/L: East of bypass, Longstanton

We propose to provide a new policy framework for future development proposals in this area of Longstanton that is the last remaining area from the original Home Farm development that secured the delivery of the Longstanton Bypass.

This new policy area will replace the longstanding allocations that were carried forward into the 2018 South Cambridgeshire Local Plan that had preceded the building of the Longstanton Bypass. These were for an employment development that extended beyond the eventual alignment of the road and an area for the extension of the recreation ground. The revised policy area is to only include land lying within the line of the bypass. It is intended that part of this land will continue to provide for new open space, whilst the employment use is proposed to be replaced with provision of new housing. This will be explored in the preparation of the draft plan but could include for example affordable housing, older persons housing and sheltered housing, and look at the potential to support the completion of community facilities in the village.

We will continue to develop proposals for this area for the draft Local Plan stage.

Figure 52: S/RRP/L: East of bypass, Longstanton
Figure 52: S/RRP/L: East of bypass, Longstanton

 

Continuing existing policy areas

Existing policy areas proposed to be carried forward:

 

S/RRP/E/7: Imperial War Museum, Duxford

The policy will continue to guide future development proposals at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

We propose to continue the policy approach in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018, which identifies the Imperial War Museum site at Duxford Airfield as a special case as a museum which is a major tourist / visitor attraction, educational and commercial facility. Proposals will be considered with regard to the particular needs and opportunities of the site and any proposals involving the use of the estate and its facilities for museum uses or non-museum uses must be complementary to the character, vitality and sustainability of the site as a branch of the Imperial War Museum.

S/RRP/E/7: Imperial War Museum, Duxford
S/RRP/E/7: Imperial War Museum, Duxford

 

S/RRP/H/4: Papworth Everard West Central

The policy will continue to guide redevelopment and re-use of buildings and land within the centre of Papworth Everard.

We propose to maintain the policy approach in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018 which seeks to deliver the continued reinvigoration of the village centre and the provision of a mix of uses.

S/RRP/H/4: Papworth Everard West Central
S/RRP/H/4: Papworth Everard West Central

 

S/RRP/E/6: Papworth Hospital

The policy will continue to guide redevelopment and re-use of the former Papworth Hospital site.

If still needed when the new plan reaches later stages, we propose to maintain the policy approach in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018 that applies a sequential approach to finding replacement uses for the site beginning with healthcare, and then more general employment uses, with residential limited to conversions of character buildings where it would be the most appropriate use.

S/RRP/E/6: Papworth Hospital
S/RRP/E/6: Papworth Hospital

 

S/RRP/H/5: Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate

This policy will continue to guide redevelopment and re-use of land and buildings within the former LSA estate at Fen Drayton.

We propose to maintain the policy approach in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018. This allowed for the replacement of existing building floorspace with residential development of very high environmental standards.

S/RRP/H/5: Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate
S/RRP/H/5: Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate

 

S/RRP/E/8: Mixed Use Development in Histon & Impington Station Area

The policy will continue to guide redevelopment in the area around the former station.

We propose to maintain the policy approach in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018 which seeks to deliver the redevelopment of land around the former station and the provision of a mix of uses.

S/RRP/E/8: Mixed Use Development in Histon & Impington Station Area
S/RRP/E/8: Mixed Use Development in Histon & Impington Station Area

 

Why is this policy needed?

East of bypass, Longstanton

No policy, and rely on normal policies elsewhere in the plan - This alternative is not the preferred approach as it would not support holistic development of this area.

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

No policy, and rely on normal policies elsewhere in the plan – This alternative is not the preferred approach as the museum is of national importance, and needs an appropriate policy framework to enable its continued evolution.

Papworth Everard West Central

Not include a policy - This alternative is not the preferred approach as there is a risk that without a policy that all proposals brought forward for the reuse or redevelopment of vacant buildings or land within the centre of the village will be for residential uses. It is important that the centre of the village includes a mix of uses including community and employment uses.

Papworth Hospital

  1. Having no policy – This alternative is not the preferred approach, as due to the scale of the now redundant site, a policy context is required.
  2. Allocate hospital area for residential development – This alternative is not the preferred approach due to the desire to maintain employment levels in the village with the loss of the hospital.
  3. Allocate hospital area for employment without the preference for healthcare uses – This alternative is not the preferred approach due to the opportunities provided by the current site, and local workforce.

Dry Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate

No Policy – This alternative is not the preferred approach as this would mean the area was addressed by normal countryside policies.

Mixed Use Development in Histon & Impington Station Area

Not include a policy - This alternative is not the preferred approach as development of this area is still underway, and the approach is supported in the neighbourhood plan.

What consultation have we done on this issue?

There was no specific consultation on these issues in the First Conversation consultation.

Regarding the Imperial War Museum, IWM Duxford indicated their support for continuing the policy approach, with a request that in future it could potentially be supported by a Supplementary Planning Document providing a masterplan for the site.

What alternatives did we consider?

Imperial War Museum, Duxford: No policy, and rely on normal policies elsewhere in the plan – rejected as the museum is of national importance, and needs an appropriate policy framework to enable its continued evolution.

Papworth Everard West Central: Not include a policy - rejected as there is a risk that without a policy that all proposals brought forward for the reuse or redevelopment of vacant buildings or land within the centre of the village will be for residential uses. It is important that the centre of the village includes a mix of uses including community and employment uses.

Papworth Hospital

  • Having no policy – rejected due to the scale of the now redundant site, a policy context is required.
  • Allocate hospital area for residential development – rejected due to the desire to maintain employment levels in the village with the loss of the hospital.
  • Allocate hospital area for employment without the preference for healthcare uses – rejected due to the opportunities provided by the current site, and local workforce.

Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate: No Policy – rejected as this would mean the area was addressed by normal countryside policies.

Mixed Use Development in Histon & Impington Station Area: Not include a policy - rejected as development of this area is still underway, and the approach is supported in the neighbourhood plan.

Supporting evidence studies and topic papers

  • Greater Cambridge Local Plan: Topic paper 1: Strategy

Existing policies in adopted 2018 Local Plans

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018

  • Policy E/7: Imperial War Museum at Duxford
  • Policy H/4: Papworth Everard West Central
  • Policy E/6: Papworth Hospital
  • Policy H/5: Fen Drayton Former Land Settlement Association Estate
  • Policy E/8: Mixed-use development in Histon & Impington Station Area

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