AECOM has been commissioned, using grants funded by local government, to provide design support to the Thriplow and Heathfield Neighbourhood Planning Group through the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities funded Neighbourhood Planning Programme, led by Locality.
This document is intended to support Neighbourhood Plan policies that encourage high quality design. It includes analysis of character areas within the built-up part of the Heathfield and provides a series of recommendations, in masterplan form, to improve the public realm and overall appearance of Heathfield.
The ideas in the report can be used as a basis for further engagement with the local community. They do not in themselves constitute part of the Neighbourhood Plan. It is hoped that they will stimulate broader discussion about how the area can be improved for the benefit of all.
This document comprises:
• Contextual analysis of the settlement of Heathfield, highlighting key external features, such as connections, views and sensitive environmental features, that may influence the site wide constraints and opportunities of the public realm improvements proposed in the masterplan.
• Identification and analysis of different character areas within Heathfield, highlighting defining characteristics, such as architectural periods, building typologies, and street and parking approaches. From this analysis, a series of constraints and opportunities are identified to inform an appropriate design response in the masterplan.
• Neighbourhood masterplan for Heathfield suggesting and illustrating achievable design solutions in response to the previously identified constraints and opportunities. The design rationale focuses on the following themes which have been established by the Neighbourhood Planning Group through previous public consultation.
1. Green space, biodiversity and sustainable connections
2. Streets and parking
3. Identity and unity
4. Community facilities
• Next steps with a summary of the findings and outlined methods to move forward.
We are currently still waiting for the Locality Grant funding for 2022, but our intended schedule to complete the Thriplow & Heathfield Neighbourhood Plan is as follows:
By the end of July 2022
The Neighbourhood Planning group
Our Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Determination Statement has been finalised
This statement sets out the reasons for the determination that the draft Thriplow Neighbourhood Plan requires a Strategic Environmental Assessment. In addition, this statement determines that the making of the Thriplow Neighbourhood Plan is not likely to have a significant effect on a European site either alone or in combination with other plans and projects.
This determination statement is intended to demonstrate that the Thriplow Neighbourhood Plan is compatible with certain European Union obligations as required by the basic conditions, namely:
Thriplow Parish Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council have published this determination statement in accordance with the regulatory requirements.
A very big thank you to all 123 Parish members who took the time to respond to our November 2021 consultation survey. It is very much appreciated.
The Google Forms results are now available to view (see link below). We're also sharing the Excel file which includes both anonymous online and paper responses combined.
The results have been forwarded to our neighbourhood planning consultants for analysis and we will share them as soon as we can.
By the beginning of November 2021, everyone in the Parish will have received a printed update from the Neighbourhood Planning Group. Please tell us what you think of these latest proposals for the Neighbourhood Plan by completing our short feedback form here
By completing the feedback online, you will save us having to type up all your answers! However, if you cannot complete the survey online, printed forms are available from the Village Shop or call Pip McGarry on 07743 623292 for help.
Closing date for feedback is 30 November 2021.
The Neighbourhood Planning groups of volunteers have been working with a neighbourhood planning consultant and chartered landscape architect to progress the neighbourhood plan.
We now have a work in progress draft of the plan for discussion with the Parish:
Since the public consultation in February 2020, the neighbourhood plan group (NPG) have been working with a neighbourhood planning consultant and chartered landscape architect to progress the neighbourhood plan.
The NPG are currently working on:
1. The assessment of potential sites for future housing development (site allocation)
2. A Heathfield enhancement plan
3. Writing the draft Neighbourhood Plan
We are still developing our evidence around potential sites which we intend to allocate for development and we are still considering appropriate enhancement measures in Heathfield. We are now undertaking community engagement on these topics to help us complete the drafting of the neighbourhood plan.
Once we have completed all the content for the neighbourhood plan, we will undertake a formal consultation with residents, local stakeholders and statutory consultees for a minimum period of six weeks. We expect this to take place later this year. Following that, we will revise the plan in light of all feedback and submit it to South Cambridgeshire District Council who will then publish the plan for a further round of consultation and appoint an independent examiner to assess the plan.
Subject to a successful examination, every resident in the parish will be given a final say on the plan in a parish-wide referendum. If more than 50% of those who participate cast a vote in favour of the plan, the Thriplow & Heathfield Neighbourhood Plan will be adopted by South Cambridgeshire District Council. With immediate effect it will then carry full weight in the determination of planning applications in our parish.
Sites for development
In 2020, the NPG sent out a ‘call for sites’ to identify land that might be open for future housing development. A total of five sites were identified – four in Thriplow Village and one in Heathfield. These included the two sites which have recently applied for planning permission, namely the Grain Store and Rectory Farm sites.
Our planning specialist and landscape architect put all the sites through a comparative site assessment to gauge their suitability. We will shortly be sending out a leaflet asking for further detail of your views on these proposed sites.
Our planning and landscape consultants have been assessing the possible sites to come up in the Allocation of Sites. The results of this assessment can be accessed here.
We now have 4 weeks to decide whether these sites will be included in the Neighbourhood Plan.
Four of these sites were on the Consultation Board on Housing and Development.
Could anyone with any comment or point of view to share please contact us over this period, up to 5 February 2021, so we can deal with the ideas presented and ensure we really are carrying out the will of the parish.
Please contact Philippa or Kit on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org before the 5 February to express your views
Since our two events for consultation with parishioners in February and March, we have been lying low, getting feedback from that event and establishing where we go from here.
The next stage is writing the actual draft plan, using all the reports and data collected so far.
We have just put out our Call for Sites, which is on bus shelters, outside the shop and on parish noticeboards, as well as being posted to main landowners and out on the website. The deadline for anyone wishing to make an application is Friday 9 October, so please spread the word on this.
We have now managed to receive a second annual grant from Locality, the local government Neighbourhood Planning initiative. This will allow us to get professional help from our Landscape architect Lucy Batchelor-Wylam, in doing landscape studies of the sites coming forward from this Call, and also get help from Cambridgeshire ACRE, led by Rachel Hogger, on our actual plan writing, which we hope to carry out this financial year. It will also pay for publication and printing costs, as well as our website.
There will then be another consultation and presentation to council, hopefully early next year, before the plan can be finalised and put out to referendum, for being accepted as part of the Local Plan with SCDC.
If you have any queries or points to put forward, please feel free to contact me or Kit Jackson on email addresses below
11 Church St
2 Church St
To all landowners in the parish of Thriplow and Heathfield:
Please check our website, to find the Call for Sites, to be filled out and returned, if you have ideas for development in the parish.
The Thriplow & Heathfield Neighbourhood Plan is currently in preparation. The plan will look at the development and use of land in the Parish during the period 2021 to 2041. The plan will contain polices which shape what development would be supported and will include policies which protect certain areas from development. If you have potential sites that are in and around the village, then please provide us (using the contact details provided at the end of this announcement) with the following details by 5pm on Thursday 8 October.
We are also seeking to identify sites in the Neighbourhood Plan where we would support the delivery of development. We would do this if sites were available which we consider could deliver sustainable development, and which are compatible with the vision for the area and evidence based studies such as the Thriplow and Heathfield Landscape Character Assessment
Please note, the Thriplow and Heathfield Neighbourhood Plan is not able to allocate sites which fall within the green belt. This is a designation that is defined in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018 and any green belt proposals must comply with the polices
in that plan.
The benefit of allocating sites in the Neighbourhood Plan is that it will provide a greater degree of certainty to the Parish Council, parishioners, landowners and developers alike as to where development will come forward during the plan period 2020 to 2041.
First we need to understand what sites would potentially be available for such development by local landowners. We are therefore making a call for sites. If you are a landowner and wish for your land to be considered for allocation in the Neighbourhood Plan, we are
primarily looking for small sites which are appropriate in scale to the size of the existing settlement and which will be in keeping or complement the existing build form and pattern of development in the parish.
We would also welcome details of land you may wish to see taken forward to provide wider community benefit. For example, this could be land and space for new community facilities or which could provide improved pedestrian connection between to the two villages.
Please see our Neighbourhood Plan Website Vision, to understand our needs and wishes. https://www.thriplowheathfieldnp.org/the-vision.html
If you have potential sites that are in and around the village, then please provide us with the following details:
How will we assess the sites?
As part of the assessment we will seek to establish whether the sites are:
This assessment will result in a red, amber or green scoring. Sites given a red rating at that stage will be excluded from the site assessment process at this stage on basis of the site being unsustainable development.
Site assessment stakeholder consultation
For purpose of fact checking, the results of the site assessment will be shared with those who have submitted sites prior to final publication as well as key stakeholders. This will give landowners and developers and others an opportunity to comment on the accuracy of the findings of the site assessment process.
Identification of Preferred Sites:
The sites assessed as amber or green in the initial site assessment will then be considered against Neighbourhood Plan specific criteria.
We need to proceed with the plan as soon as possible, so need to make a deadline on this call to sites of 4 weeks from time of issue, which will be Friday 9 October, 2020.
11 Church St
Herts SG8 7RE
2 Church St
Herts SG8 7RE
10 September 2020