The Glebe 4 High St, Sutton, Ely CB6 2RB 01353 777189


Making the decision to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan

In 2014 with the Parish Plan 2008-2012 out of date the Parish Council decided to investigate the process for creating a Neighbourhood Plan due to the benefits offered.

Planning the way forward

Various preparatory steps were then taken. A meeting was held with a representative from a local Parish Council who had already made considerable progress in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. Contact was also made with East Cambridgeshire District Council to make them aware of our plans and to discuss how best to work with them.

Determining the Neighbourhood Area

The next stage was to determine the boundaries for the Neighbourhood Plan. After some consideration the decision was made to use the Parish Council boundaries as the issues facing the neighbouring villages and their requirements for the future were different to ours. After a six week Consultation that ran from 19 November until 31 December 2014 the District Council approved the Sutton Parish Council’s application to designate a Neighbourhood Area.

Gaining the views of residents

  • A survey was distributed to all houses in the village in January 2015. This provided residents with their first real opportunity to contribute to the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • An Open Forum was held on 19 February 2015 at which residents had the opportunity to hear about the results of the survey and to learn more about Neighbourhood Plans in general.
  • An Open Day was held at the Glebe on Saturday 3 October 2015 aimed at gathering information from residents for the purpose of formulating the Vision, Aims and Objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • A second survey was held in January 2016. The purpose of this was to provide residents with the opportunity of commenting on the proposed objectives that came out of the Open Day.
  • A Business Forum was held at the Elean Business Park on 19 May 2015 to gain the views of local businesses on what we require for the future.

What stage is the Plan at now?

Based on the issues raised by residents, objectives and draft policies have been developed covering the same six topic areas that we had at the Open Forum in October 2015.

The next stages

On completion of the Plan there will then be a 6 week Consultation before it is submitted to the local authority for independent examination. The Consultation period will provide residents with the opportunity to comment on the Plan at this stage. If the Plan is found to be satisfactory the local authority will arrange for a referendum to take place. Residents on the electoral register will be entitled to vote.


At this stage we are estimating completing the Plan by April 2017.