What this topic involves for us in Sutton – The East Cambridgeshire Local Plan places a high reliance on the retention and provision of local services. But can we as a community do more to identify those shops, community facilities or spaces that we either have and regard as important or don’t have but need? And are there ways we can investigate delivering them alongside other forms of development in the village? What facilities are important to residents and what are we sorely lacking? We must not forget the capacity of the village school and pre-school to expand to meet demographic needs and pressures from the additional housing allocation?
NB The GP surgery, pharmacy, post office, delicatessen and café, hairdressers and barbers, and farm
shop are all commercial enterprises, though many residents view them as services.
The following list represents the local services and amenities issues that were identified during the course of the Launch Event on 3 October 2015. Please note that some of the issues set out below may conflict as they are based on the correlation of views received from individual residents.
Please note: some of these issues may be replicated under the business, retail and employment and sport, recreation and leisure sections. Following discussion these duplications have been minimised by moving issues from this Topic area to other topic areas.
Issues that may adequately be covered by neighbourhood planning policy:
Issues that should be followed up by the Parish Council as community actions: