Gonville & Caius proposals to develop Duxford

Concept planning proposal from Gonville and Caius:    Duxford Parish Council would like to thank all residents who attended the 13th June DPC meeting, at which representatives from Gonville & Caius shared a draft proposal of possible development on their lands surrounding Duxford Village. These included commercial (aviation linked) commercial premises along the A505 (Duxford side), and extensive residential development – up to 800 new houses – to the north and west of Duxford Village.  

This was in response to the “Call for Sites” for the next iteration of the SCDC Local Plan (being created in conjunction with the City Council).  Gonville &Caius land would have to be selected by SCDC as a suitable site for development in the new local plan, however, current local plan favours discrete large developments, like Cambourne West, Northstowe and Waterbeach, rather than lots of small developments. Large as it may seem this is a small development in comparison to those three.  

It was made clear in June that a planning application had not been submitted (expected after the local plan is published +/- 2 years’ time), and that key preparation such as transport studies had not taken place.  Public questions at the meeting included the following topics:  

* Transportation (A505 issues in particular)
* Infrastructure
* Village character
* IWM flight path safety
* Marshall’s potential relocation
* Volume of housing v. affordable housing needs  

Gonville & Caius have requested a workshop with DPC, which DPC have agreed to in the event of progress / changes to their proposals.   In the meantime, Duxford’s District Councillor, Peter McDonald, will be meeting with G&C to discuss concerns directly.   DPC would very much welcome your views and opinions in this respect, that these can be shared with Duxford’s District and County Councillors, thank you.  

Duxford Parish Council

Bat boxes at the Biggen

As someone who has lived and grown up in Duxford, it’s a pleasure to walk the dog around our beautiful countryside and down by the river. Bats are common at dusk and dawn around the village and especially enjoy foraging along the river edge. With this in mind I thought it would be lovely to see what species we have roosting in and around the village. As a professional ecologist it’s been lovely to have been given permission to place some bat boxes down the Biggen which will be regularly monitored. All species of bat in the UK are protected and can only be disturbed under licence. Whilst putting up the boxes, otter spraint was discovered on the river – so keep an eye out for passing otter!

Katie Dalton

Willy Brown


It is with great sadness that Duxford Parish Council has learned of the unexpected passing of Willy Brown, Chair of Hinxton Parish Council.

The above link takes you to the page on the Hinxton Parish Council website. Willy will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Duxford PC has sent condolences.

Help Tackle Hare Coursing

We are encouraging the public to do their part for rural communities and help tackle hare coursing.

The hare coursing season typically starts in September when fields have been harvested, however the weather this year has meant many have already been cut and are now prime surfaces for the blood sport.

Over the past year (April 2018 – March 2019) police were called to 1,265 incidents. In the past month (July) the force control room have received 34 calls to courses operating throughout east and south Cambridgeshire as well as Fenland. The figure is expected to rise over the coming months.

Hare coursing, illegal under the Hunting Act 2004, causes damage to crops, harms animals and threatens the rural community, often resulting in intimidation and in some cases violence.

In October last year four hare coursers were handed the Cambridgeshire’s first county court injunction, banning them from entering any farm land from July until March.

Hare coursing continues to be one of the biggest issues our rural communities face.

Tackling it remains a priority for the Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) and we will continue to do what we can to bring those responsible to justice but we need your help.

The most obvious sign of hare coursing is a group of vehicles parked in a rural area with dogs, perhaps by a gateway to farmland or on a grass verge, and I would urge people to report any suspicions, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

Those caught could face a criminal behaviour order, seizure of vehicles and other property, a fine and a driving ban.

The appeal is part of our #SaferSummer campaign, which aims to prevent crime and keep people safe during the school holidays.

Landowners are urged to consider blocking entrances to their fields with ditches, fencing or trees or even barriers like barrels filled with concrete.

Anyone who sees hare coursing taking place is asked to contact police immediately on 999 and provide officers with a description of the people involved, any registration numbers and vehicle descriptions and the location and direction of travel.

Its important people don’t confront hare coursers or put themselves at risk.

If you have information about hare coursing and it’s not currently happening, or have been a victim of the crime, please call 101 or report online at www.cambs.police.uk/report.

If a crime is in progress call 999.

Kind Regards,
DC Tom Nuttall
Rural Crime Action Team
Message Sent By
Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)

Joint Local Plan for Cambridge and South Cambs

Dear Resident

Please see attached details of a free event to provide an opportunity for you to input into the new Joint Local Plan for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. Please book your place in advance via the events page at the Cambridge Past, Present and Future website or https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keeping-cambridge-special-tickets-64733877771 or email bookings@cambridgeppf.org. For any further enquiries please email bookings@cambridgeppf.org

More information on the previous Local Plan can be found at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/planning/local-plan-and-neighbourhood-planning/

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning: a strategic partnership between Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils

RAF Benevolent Fund

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

We are the leading welfare charity for those serving and those who have served in the RAF, as well as their families, providing a range of support, from financial assistance, independent living help, to emotional and mental well-being support.

In addition, we have recently launched a new Community Connector service to tackle social isolation and loneliness amongst the RAF family across Cambridgeshire (based Peterborough but covering the whole county) –   https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/raf-benevolent-fund-launches-new-community-scheme-help-isolated-raf-veterans

We estimate that there are approx. 35,000 veterans in Cambridgeshire, a significant number of which will have an RAF connection. Our World War Two and National Service generation are a shrinking demographic and by 2030 we will have lost 400,000 of them.  It is vital therefore that we reach these individuals now and make them aware of the welfare support available to them.  It is for this reason that Fund has just launched a major reaching out campaign to raise awareness.  We know that too often pride and self-reliance holds veterans back from seeking the support available. We are therefore reaching out to their families and friends – we estimate that 1 in 3 people in Cambridgeshire has known someone who has served or is serving in the Royal Air Force – to get these veterans back on our radar.

If anyone is aware of any RAF veterans who may benefit from our support please ask them to call 0300 102 1919 or direct them to our campaign website at: www.rafbf.org.

We rely on your support to make a difference to RAF personnel, past and present, and their families. You can keep in touch by visiting our website, joining us on Facebook and Twitter, or making a donation today: www.rafbf.org/donate.


Next DPC monthly meeting will be September

DPC will follow the practice of the majority of local Parish Councils and have agreed to cancel the August monthly meeting.

Any planning applications that cannot wait until the September meeting will be discussed at a dedicated planning meeting, to be held at the same time as the Parish Council Surgery (Lacey’s Way Centre, Saturday 3rd August 10.30 am).

Comment on plans for Huawei R&D facility

Comment on plans for Huawei R&D facility

Local people are being encouraged to comment on plans by information and communications firm Huawei to build a new research and development facility in Sawston.

The technology company has submitted a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council that seeks permission to develop the former Spicer’s site on the Sawston Bypass.

The plans propose space for 360 people working across the building, along with a ‘clean room’ laboratory, offices, workstations, meeting rooms, training rooms, stores, a canteen and reception area. Parking facilities would be provided via a 422-space underground car park. Cycle parking facilities are also included in the plans. This is intended to be the first phase of a larger development.

The site, which is owned by Huawei, sits next to the village of Sawston with the A1301 providing the main access. The closest railway station is Whittlesford Parkway. To the east of the site, there are warehouses which aren’t currently in use. The application states that new routes will be provided for pedestrians, cyclists and cars.

To comment on the plans, visit www.scambs.gov.uk and click on Planning. Select ‘view or comment on a planning application’ and use the reference S/2122/19/FL

Local people have until 24 July to have their say.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Dr. Tumi Hawkins, said: “We really want to hear what local people think about these proposals. All comments will be considered before a decision on the application is made, so please do take this chance to have your say. We genuinely care what residents and businesses think so it’s always worth making a comment.”

Whittlesford Parkway Transport Masterplan – Consultation Open

Whittlesford Parkway Transport Masterplan consultation now open

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has today (10 June) launched a consultation on proposals to improve access to and from Whittlesford Parkway station, particularly by sustainable transport, and to improve the area around the station.

The consultation will run for six weeks and will close at 9am on Monday 22 July 2019. 

The GCP wants to create better and greener transport networks, connecting local people to homes, jobs, study and opportunity. As part of this, we have been working on a masterplan for the area around Whittlesford Parkway station.

We are consulting on a package of 33 measures that need to be put in place over the coming years to improve access to the station for everyone and to cater for expected growth in the area served by the station. The survey can be completed online

We will be holding public consultation events and an exhibition during the consultation period as follows:

Parkway station
19 June 2019 7.30am-9am Station Road, Whittlesford,
Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NL
Memorial Hall
27 June 2019 6pm-8pm Mill Lane, Whittlesford,
Cambridge, CB22 4NE
Parkway station
2 July 2019 7.30am-9am Station Road, Whittlesford,
Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NL
Parkway station
9 July 2019 5pm-6.30pm Station Road, Whittlesford,
Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NL

We want to make sure that people living and working in the Whittlesford area, as well as people who use Whittlesford Parkway station, have the opportunity to respond to our proposals.

Full details of the consultation, including ways in which people can respond, are online at www.greatercambridge.org.uk/whittlesfordplan/

Share your views and keep up to date with the consultation using the hashtag #WhittlesfordMasterplan.

Complete the survey