Recent planning applications

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

17/01987/CLP
Little Downham
The Cottage, Four Balls Farm, Hundred Foot Bank, Pymoor
Siting of mobile home.

17/02017/TCON
Little Downham
3 Cannon Street, Little Downham CB6 2SR
To comply with condition No. 2 of decision notice 87/00446/RMA.

17/01996/FUL
Sutton
17 The Row, Sutton CB6 2PD
Proposed internal alterations and single storey extension.

17/01997/LBC
Sutton
17 The Row, Sutton CB6 2PD
Internal alterations and single storey extension.

17/02006/CLP
Witchford
Field View, 15B Barton Close, Witchford
Proposed single storey rear extension to form larger kitchen and breakfast area.

17/02023/FUL
Witcham
8 Silver Street, Witcham CB6 2LF
Proposed single storey extension and first floor extension.

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.

17/02198/RMA
Little Downham
Land rear of Hythe House, The Hythe, Little Downham
Approval of the details for reserved matters for appearance, landscaping and layout of planning application 17/00055/OUT.

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.

Odd changes to district council’s corporate plan

An email yesterday advises that a revised version of East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Corporate Plan has been produced for the full council meeting on 4 January.

The council debated this key document in early October, so it’s slightly odd to see it back again in January, and to note what the changes are.  From the agenda papers for the meeting (Item 9), it doesn’t look as if councillors are being invited to actually debate or approve the changes to the plan, which is odd to say the least.

The email doesn’t tell councillors what the changes are, so it’s necessary to play ‘spot the difference’ between the revised version and the October original.

  1. In column 1, ‘Continue service reviews …’ has been changed to ‘Continue business reviews …’.  It’s not clear why, or what the council thinks the difference is.
  2. In column 2, a new item has been added: ‘Develop a new procedure to improve the way customers report fly-tipping on public land’. This follows my criticism of the plan in October, that a lot of it consisted of vague promises with no corresponding actions.
  3. In column 6, ‘Deliver an additional 80 commuter car spaces in Littleport and 128 in Ely’ has been changed to ‘Deliver up to 80 additional commuter car spaces in Littleport and 128 in Ely’. So, fewer spaces than planned in the new car park at Littleport station.

However, the council still hasn’t corrected the incomplete statement in column 5: ‘Work with local partners and the Combined Authority to develop an integrated, improved and sustainable road transport, including work on A142, A14, A10’.  (Presumably there should be another word after transport, but we still have no idea what it is).

And column 6 still refers to reducing and slowing traffic on the A1123, but not on any other roads such as the B1381 through Sutton.

Most oddly, though, the new version of the plan still (twice) promises to bring the council’s waste contract into the East Cambs Trading Company. This is despite the council having publicly admitted – in answer to a question from me at the full council meeting in December – that it would be illegal for the existing trading company to receive the contract.

The full council on 4 January is being asked to set up a second trading company to receive the waste contract. So will the council then alter its corporate plan yet again as soon as the meeting on 4 January is over? In which case, what is the point in (incompletely) updating it now?

Recent planning applications

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

17/02150/FUL
Little Downham
16 Eagles Lane, Little Downham CB6 2TG
Single storey side extension and replace porch.

17/02155/FUL
Wentworth
Mandalay, Church Road, Wentworth
Increase in roof height and first floor extension, creation of vehicular access.

17/02139/FUL
Witchford
Rear of 12 Manor Close, Witchford CB6 2JB
Proposed dwelling.

17/02132/FUL
Witchford
43 Ward Way, Witchford CB6 2JR
Proposed single and two storey extension.

17/02141/VAR
Witchford
189 Main Street, Witchford CB6 2HP
To vary conditions 1 (Plans and Drawings) of the decision dated 28/06/2016 of the previously approved application 16/00574/FUL.

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.

Domesday comes again

932 years ago, William the Conqueror started the Domesday Book, compiling a list of all the land in his newly conquered country.

Then, at the midwinter [1085], was the king in Glocester with his council … . After this had the king a large meeting, and very deep consultation with his council, about this land; how it was occupied, and by what sort of men. Then sent he his men over all England into each shire; commissioning them to find out “How many hundreds of hides were in the shire, what land the king himself had, and what stock upon the land; or, what dues he ought to have by the year from the shire.” (Anglo-Saxon Chronicle)

On Wednesday this week, the Mayor’s Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough established a Land Commission to

develop a comprehensive database of available public and private sector land (prioritising large sites), identify barriers to its disposal/development, and develop solutions to address those barriers to help the Combined Authority meet its housing goals and unlock more land for employment use.

The (brief) report is at P22 here.

Note: The image above is of the page of the original Domesday Book containing entries for (among other places) Sutton, Witcham, Witchford, Little Downham and Wentworth.

Credit to Professor J.J.N. Palmer and George Slater under licence Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Massive increases in social care charges on the way?

People needing social care in Cambridgeshire could find themselves facing huge increases in the contributions they are expected to pay, after Conservative councillors at Shire Hall voted through a set of proposals to be put to the public for consultation.

The online consultation is now open here [link] and runs until 23 February.

The council’s current policy on charging people for social care is called the Fairer Contributions Policy. The proposals put forward would change this policy in four ways.

      1. The council would take into account the higher ‘enhanced rate’ of PIP (Personal Independence Payments) when calculating contributions for non-residential services. At the moment, the council disregards the difference between the standard and higher rate of PIP when calculating people’s income. The worked example the council has given shows someone’s contribution rising from £9.75 a week to £37.20 a week under this proposal, but individual circumstances vary and the increase for different individuals could presumably be higher or lower.
      2. The council would charge people for short-term respite accommodation under residential rules, rather than the non-residential rules they use at the moment. This would mean no longer disregarding disability related expenditure and a personal allowance when assessing income. The worked example the council has given shows someone’s contribution for respite accommodation rising from £15.85 a week to an eye-watering £122.35 a week.
      3. The council would charge people for managing their income and paying their bills, a service it currently offers for some vulnerable adults who cannot manage their own money and have no family to do this for them.  This service is currently offered free of charge, but under these proposals a charge would be made of £10 a week for residential service users or £12.50 a week for non-residential service users. This charge would apply for anyone with more than £1,000 in the bank.
      4. Finally, the council would make direct debit the default way for service users to pay adult social care invoices. A person would have to set up a direct debit facility before receiving services.

Some of these proposed increases are absolutely enormous and could make life even more difficult for individuals and families who are already struggling.

Level crossing closure inquiry

The public inquiry into proposals by Network Rail to close a large number of level crossings in Cambridgeshire has begun.

The inquiry opened on Tuesday 28 November at the Hallmark Hotel at Bar Hill, and runs for four weeks. It is open to the public, and anyone can attend.

Information about the inquiry and all the documentation can be seen on the inquiry website at http://cambridge-level-crossings.persona-pi.com/

Four crossing proposals withdrawn

Network Rail has withdrawn proposals to close four of the crossings it was originally intending to close:

  • C03 West River, Little Thetford
  • C08 Ely North Junction
  • C09 Second Drove Ely
  • C13 Middle Drove, March

The County Council is objecting to 12 of the remaining 25 proposals, with a further five holding objections.

Closures to which the County Council is objecting

  • CO4 Meldreth
  • CO7 No name No37, Harston
  • C11 Furlong Drove, Little Downham
  • C14 Eastrea Cross Drove, Whittlesey
  • C15 Brickyard Drove, Whittlesey
  • C16 Prickwillow 1, Ely (holding objection)
  • C17, Prickwillow 2, Ely (holding objection)
  • C20 Leonards, Soham
  • C21 Newmarket Bridge, Ely
  • C22 Wells Engine, Ely
  • C24 Cross Keys, Ely
  • C25 Clayway, Littleport
  • C27 Willow Row Drove, Littleport
  • C29 Cassells, Brinkley
  • C31 Littleport Station, Littleport (holding objection)
  • C33 Jack O’Tell, Waterbeach (holding objection)
  • C34 Fyson’s, Waterbeach (holding objection)
  • S22 Weatherby, Newmarket (in Suffolk but implications for some Cambridgeshire residents)

Closures to which the County Council is not objecting

  • CO1 Chittering
  • CO2 Nairns No117
  • CO10 Coffue Drove
  • C12 Silt Drove, March
  • C26 Poplar Drove No30, Littleport
  • C28 Black Horse Drove, Littleport
  • C30 Westley Road, Westley Waterless
  • C35 Ballast Pit, Waterbeach

 

Traffic order for Market Street Ely

The county council’s consultation on the proposed traffic order for Market Street and Market Place in Ely closes on Friday 15 December.

The details are here [link] and the consultation in question is:

Proposed TRO (Reference Number PR0412) – Implement a street parking place with restrictions on Market Street, Ely and ‘No stopping’ restriction on Market Street and Market Place (various locations), Ely. Closing date for comment 15 December.

This traffic order is to implement the reconfigured taxi rank agreed by the district council some months ago.  Any comments should quote the reference number, and should be sent to policyandregulation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

The new rank marking on Market Street (once in place) will be approximately 3.2m longer than the current rank, which will enable one additional taxi to sit on the rank than is currently possible. It will also be possible for taxis to legally park on the two public parking bays at the back of the rank, providing they do not exceed the permitted time limit, or tout from this location.

Stagecoach No 9 bus changes

Stagecoach have just announced a number of changes to the No 9 bus service between Chatteris and Ely which will take effect from 8 January.

  • The 14:52 journey between March and Ely will no longer operate. (This is the 15:38 from the One Stop in Sutton to Ely, or the 15:48 from Witchford Post Office).
  • The 15:37 journey between March and Ely will now operate Monday to Saturday (currently operates Monday to Friday) as X9, was 9.  (This is the 16:23 from the One Stop in Sutton to Ely, or the 16:33 from Witchford Post Office).
  • The 06:40 journey between Chatteris and Ely will now operate as X9, was 9.  (This is the 06:58 from the One Stop in Sutton to Ely, or the 07:08 from Witchford Post Office).
  • There will be minor amendments to some departure times.
  • The 05:50 journey between Chatteris and Ely will no longer operate on Saturday.  (This is the 06:08 from the One Stop in Sutton to Ely, or the 06:18 from Witchford Post Office).
  • There will be the opportunity to change from the X9 arriving in Chatteris at 19:29 to the citi8 leaving Chatteris at 19:33 for March.