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From: The Shelfords and Stapleford Green Not Grey Group

Re: Proposed housing development on site off Mingle Lane Stapleford & Hinton Way, Great Shelford


Proposals have been published in the draft local plan, for a development of 100 houses on Green Belt land within Shelford/Stapleford.  This proposal has been put forward by Greater Cambridge Shared Planning, which is sponsored by South Cambs District Council (SCDC).  This matters to all residents of Shelford and Stapleford.

Prior to the publication of the draft plan, an initial call for sites resulted in house building proposals for virtually every single field around the villages.  The land chosen in the draft local plan was previously assessed in the 2018 Local Plan, and dismissed as unsuitable for development.

The council has now reversed 2018’s decision, and is proposing construction of 100 homes on the site.  This contradicts their own Greater Cambridge Green Belt Assessment Report, which comments that Green Belt:

  • "prevents communities merging into one" and "prevents further coalescence of settlements" – the land sits directly on the border between Stapleford and Great Shelford parishes

  • preserves "landscape that retains a strong rural character" – the development will concrete over 10 hectares of farmland and meadow.


The council itself refuses to commit to only 100 houses on the site.  They have indicated they would prefer 300 homes, if additional road access can be obtained.

The land sits between the planned Busway and the villages, such that the proposed development will weaken the protection of this area and open it up for further extensive development.  The resulting pressures on services and roads from hundreds of new homes will be considerable.

The ‘exceptional circumstance’ given by the council for this new proposal, is their assessment the biodiverse site will benefit from East-West rail and the Cambridge South Station; neither of which provide any direct advantage to the villages.

Given the councils willingness to reverse decisions made only recently, and ignore their own Green Belt assessment report, it is important that the community as a whole provides a strong voice to object to this sort of speculative and profit seeking development.

The formal consultation begins in November, but until then what can I do to register my objection? Contact:

SCDC Shelford/Stapleford Councillor Peter Fane:
SCDC Planning Lead Councillor Tumi Hawkins:
Shelford Parish Chair Malcolm Watson:
Stapleford Parish Chair Howard Kettle: 

Nick Hilliard, Great Shelford


If you are opposed to this planning precedent, there is a Facebook group where you can add your voice, as well as get access to important links, documents outlining issues with the plan, and a list councillors to contact.

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Posted Oct 4 2021