Recent planning applications

The following planning applications in the Sutton division have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

18/01815/OUT
Sutton
Site south of 9-13 The Row Sutton
Outline planning permission for 6 dwellings with all matters reserved apart from access.

18/01796/OUT
Witchford
41 Ward Way Witchford CB6 2JR
Single storey 3/4 bedroom dwelling, parking and associated works.

18/01821/FUM
Witchford
Land between 225 and 239 Main Street Witchford
The construction of 45 dwellings including external works, roads and parking.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages. If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access webpage (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

Recent planning applications

The following planning applications in the Sutton division have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

18/01827/HEN
Witcham
The Bungalow Hive Road Witcham
Single storey rear extension which extends beyond the rear wall by 5.3m, has a maximum height of 3.78m and an eaves height of 2.25m.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages. If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access webpage (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

European Social Fund

I spent much of today at a meeting at Shire Hall of a panel considering bids by local groups for the council’s Innovate and Cultivate funds.  During the meeting, I noted in the paperwork that several pieces of work by the council itself, notably supporting adults with learning difficulties into employment, were currently the subject of funding bids by the council to the European Social Fund.

Brexit means the loss of the opportunity for the county council to bid into this fund.  Existing funded projects would presumably complete their term, but thereafter these funds would dry up, creating funding gaps for the council itself but also for other organisations in Cambridgeshire who also currently enjoy the benefit of European Social Fund access.

I have written to ask the council whether its work on Brexit preparations covers this area of risk, and whether it knows how much money is currently attracted into Cambridgeshire, that will be lost when access by the UK to ESF funding will cease.

NHS 10-year plan ‘fatally undermined’

The new NHS 10-year plan launched today is likely to be ‘fatally undermined’, says Liberal Democrat MP and former health minister Norman Lamb:

“Delivering this ambitious plan is likely to be fatally undermined by insufficient resources, a staffing crisis and a failure to address the disastrous situation with social care.

The Government’s commitment to a new focus on prevention rings hollow when the very services which help prevent elderly people ending up in hospital are at breaking point and vital public health budgets are progressively cut back.

The Liberal Democrats will continue to demand that the Government works with other parties to achieve a genuine long term, sustainable settlement for the NHS and social care.

We will keep making the case for a new, dedicated NHS and care tax to guarantee a modern, effective and efficient NHS and care system which will be there for our loved ones when they need it.”

Recent planning applications

The following planning applications in the Sutton division have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

18/01823/AGN
Little Downham
Willow Farm Pymoor Common Pymoor
Agricultural storage building for potatoes and equipment.

18/01775/FUL
Mepal
4 Bridge Road Mepal CB6 2AR
Demolition of existing detached garage and erection of three bedroom dwelling with detached double garage and store room.

18/01779/VAR
Witchford
Land adjacent to 204 Main Street Witchford
To vary condition 1 (Plans and Drawings) of the previously approved application 17/00362/FUL for the proposed erection of five dwellings with associated parking and garages including the demolition of 204 Main Street.  (The variation is to remove the car-port link between plots 3 and 4).

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages. If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access webpage (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

It’s a lottery, mate

On Friday 23 March 2018, the county council’s Commercial & Investment Committee resolved to ‘approve the County Council’s proposal to establish a Local Authority Lottery’ (paper here, minutes here).

The Support Cambridgeshire website (here) seeks residents’ views on the proposal, ‘with a launch not anticipated until autumn 2018’.  We ran out of autumn 2018 a couple of months ago.  I’ve asked what is happening about this, what response there has been to the call for expressions of interest on the website, and what the council’s plan is for the future of this scheme.

Mayor’s budget plans

The Mayor and Combined Authority opened a consultation on their proposed budget on 3 December, and closed it on 4 January.  I’ve responded as follows:

“I am writing in response to the consultation on the budget plans of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority.  It is disappointing, to say the least, that the consultation has been so cursory.  From the Combined Authority website, it would appear that the consultation was launched on 3 December, over the Christmas period, leaving only 22 working days to respond — and in reality, with Christmas shut-downs, probably less.  Under the Combined Authority’s Budget Framework Procedure Rules (contained in the Combined Authority’s constitution at Chapter 7, Section 4.3) this is the very minimum period permitted.

That the Combined Authority should choose to adopt such a minimal consultation period is bad enough, but there was no perceptible effort to publicise it — something that could have easily been achieved by contacting each member body and asking for the information to be cascaded to local councillors, and for them in turn to cascade to their local communities.  None of this appears to have happened.

It is also noteworthy that this minimal consultation is taking place in the midst of considerable turbulence at the Combined Authority.  Questions have been asked about the escalating revenue costs of running the Combined Authority, now over £5M per annum and rising, compared to the Mayor’s promised figure of £850K.  The authority’s fourth Chief Financial Officer in 18 months was unexpectedly sacked shortly before the consultation was opened, for challenging the affordability of some of the Combined Authority’s many promised schemes.  The Combined Authority’s finances are very much under the spotlight.

And yet the proposals published for consultation are the same as those presented to the Combined Authority Scrutiny Committee and the Combined Authority Board before the unexpected departure of the Chief Financial Officer.  This is very surprising, given that disagreement with the Chief Financial Officer’s judgement of those proposals was a key reason for his dismissal.  What confidence can Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents have that the documents presented for consultation can be relied on, given the lack of confidence expressed by the joint interim Chief Executives and the Mayor in the officer who led on these reports?  How confident can we be that the figures in this budget will stand up to the scrutiny of the external auditors who have been called in to examine the Combined Authority’s financial position?  Will there be a further consultation once the external auditors have concluded their work?

Residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough deserve clarity about the future ongoing running costs of the Combined Authority, which are currently considerably higher than those promised by the Mayor.  We also deserve clarity about the funding streams for the many major projects that have been promised by the Mayor, and about the value for money of the Combined Authority’s enormous expenditure on consultants advising on projects for which the availability of sufficient funding is not clear.”

Recent planning applications

The following planning applications in the Sutton division have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

18/01774/ARN
Little Downham
Topfield California Little Downham
Proposed change of use of agricultural building to dwelling house, and associated works.

18/01768/OUT
Sutton
107 The Row Sutton CB6 2PB
Outline planning application with all matters reserved apart from access, for the demolition of outbuildings, and erection of up to three dwellings, creation of a new access, and associated works.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages. If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access webpage (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.

East Cambs Planning Committee, Wednesday 9 January 2019

The next meeting of East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee takes place on Wednesday 9 January at 2:00PM. The applications to be decided by the committee are:

The meeting – at the council offices in Ely – is open to the public, and public speaking is permitted on application in advance (information here).

Recent planning applications

The following planning applications in the Sutton division have been published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

18/01734/FUL
Little Downham
23 Apple Tree Court Little Downham CB6 2TE
Single storey rear extension.

18/01743/OUT
Mepal
Land north west of 7 Bridge Road Mepal
Two detached dwellings and two new accesses.

18/01750/FUL
Witchford
Site north west of 36 Manor Close Witchford
New 2 bed dwelling (resubmission of 18/01161/FUL).

18/01698/OUT
Witcham
The Coach House Mepal Road Witcham
Two family homes and associated works.

18/01767/HEN
Witcham
The Bungalow Hive Road Witcham
Single storey extension which extends beyond rear wall by 5.3m, has a maximum height of 4.5m and an eaves height of 4m.

An outline planning application 18/01768/OUT with all matters reserved apart from access has also been received for demolition of outbuildings, and erection of up to three dwellings, creation of a new access, and associated works at 107 The Row Sutton CB6 2PB.

Further information can be found on the district council’s planning pages. If you would like to respond formally to the council about any planning application, comments should be addressed to the district council and not to me.  Comments may be made

  • online using the council’s public access webpage (the link above);
  • by email to plservices@eastcambs.gov.uk;
  • or by post to the Planning Department, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.