Successful Q&A evening for the Neighbourhood Plan

A healhy cross section of people from Histon & Impington joined an open meeting last Thursday to answer questions about the Neighbourhood Plan.

If you’d like to view the action go to

For a brief view of the Plan from an H&I Planning perspective go to

There’s also an excellent perspective focussing specifically on the protection afforded to the green spaces in the Plan at

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Our Neighbourhood Plan: responding to what’s been said

As we approach the referendum on 6 May 21 which will determine whether or not the proposed Neighbourhood Plan will be adopted many people have raised questions about it and especially its value to the community. Some have also identified errors.

Answers to many of these questions have been developed and these are available on this website (click FAQs in the menu bar to read them directly) and can be downloaded (click here to download).

The identified errors have been addressed and an action plan to correct them and, where appropriate, to add more explanation, is proposed. Click here to view this action plan.

Note that it will not be necessary to change any of the Plan’s policies as a result of implementing this plan.

It is not possible to make any changes to the Plan before the vote takes place. However it will be updated at the earliest possible opportunity.

Residents are encouraged to continue to comment on the Plan. They may do so by email to Histon & Impington Parish Council ( or directly by phone to David Jenkins (Chair, Neighbourhood Plan Team on 07739 758 859).

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Neighbourhood Plan referendum called by South Cambs

South Cambs District Council has just posted the following:

Notice of Referendum

Referendum on the adoption of the Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan

1. A referendum will be held on Thursday, 6 May 2021 to decide on the question below:

‘Do you want South Cambridgeshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Histon & Impington to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

2. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Monday 19 April 2021. Applications can be made online:

3. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA by 5pm on Tuesday, 20th April 2021.

4. New applications to vote by proxy at this referendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA by 5pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021.

5. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this referendum on grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA by 5pm on Thursday, 6th May 2021. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021.

Click here to download the plan.

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It’s now just a waiting game

The examiner did his bit and then we agreed a final version with South Cambs. Click here for the Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan ver 4.0.

It is expected that this plan will go to a referendum 6 May 21

Click here to go to the South Cambs website where there is more information.

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We’re in the hands of the examiner

ExaminerFollowing two rounds of questions the examiner seems to have decided that he’s got enough answers and will be shortly visiting the Community incognito as a part of the process towards signing off our plan.

It now looks like we’ll get the examiner’s report this year which would mean that we’ll have to wait until 2020 for a referendum.

All of the relevant documents, including the examiner’s questions and our answers are on the South Cambs website. Click here to access them.

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Village Design Guide

VDGOver recent months and in parallel with the final work on the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) another group in Histon & Impington has been working with South Cambs to develop a Village Design Guide (VDS). This replaces the Design Guide which was a part of version 2.0 of the NP and builds on the concepts already developed.

This is a South Cambs document, it brought in experts in the field and picked up 50% of the cost, and it is now consulting on it. There will be a consultation event at the St Andrew’s Centre on Monday 1 Jul 19 between 4 and 8pm.

Click here to go to the relevant page on South Cambs’ web-site.  Click here if you’d like to directly access a copy of the draft guide. It’s pretty impressive!

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Reg 16 consultation is now live

local-planStrange that we’ve got another consultation after completing an extensive one last year but that was ours and this one’s South Cambs’. You can regard it as South Cambs checking that we did ours right and that we have reflected what we learnt in the version of the plan which we have now submitted.

Click here  to go to the South Cambs web-site where there is a very comprehensive outline of how the process is going and for easy access to all the detailed documents.

This consultation will now run for 6 weeks then South Cambs will submit the plan (unamended) together with any comments which have been received to an independent examiner. South Cambs has already begun the process of identifying an examiner.


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Our plan has been submitted!

DSC03641It seems to have taken forever but we have completed just about all that we can do in terms of developing the Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan and we have now submitted version 3.0 to South Cambs. It will now be subject to a final consultation, an examiner’s review and, if all goes well, to a referendum for its acceptance.

Click here to download a copy of the plan. Alternatively go to to access the plan and all the supporting documentation.

If Dropbox link doesn’t work try cutting and pasting into your browser.

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Status update

Following the extensive ‘regulation 14’ consultation program towards the end of last year we have updated the plan to reflect community opinion, to rectify significant omissions and to correct errors. The latest version (ver2.3) we have now submitted to South Cambs for review by its planning officers. Following this we will make any further modifications which they recommend before submitting it for formal review and subsequent examination.We expect this to take place end of May.

If this stage proceeds without any major problem we should then be able to take the plan to referendum soon after the summer break.

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