Planning Appeal Decision by the Planning Inspectorate

FulbournOutline Application for 50 dwellings on land to the north of Lanthorn Stile, Fulbourn. Planning Ref. S/1442/15/OL

Appeal dismissed and planning permission is refused.

The above planning application for housing on Green Belt agricultural land was registered on 4 June 2015 by the land owner. South Cambs District Council failed to determine the application within the statutory period (and no extension of time was agreed) resulting in an appeal being lodged by the applicant on the basis of non-determination.

It is stated in the Appeal Decision Notice that the Council was not minded to support the proposal. The Inspector turned down the Appeal citing the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which states that inappropriate development is, by definition, harmful to the Green Belt and should not be approved except in ‘very special circumstances’. After consideration of the potential benefits of the development to which some weight was given, the Inspector found that there were no ‘very special circumstances’ that would justify approval. The identified harm to the openness and purposes of the Green Belt was accorded ‘substantial weight’, the significant alteration to the existing character and appearance of the area was accorded ‘considerable weight’, while the loss of good quality farm land was accorded ‘moderate weight’. The Inspector also found that there was no firm obligation by the appellant to provide affordable housing and the necessary village infrastructure contributions.

In addition, regarding the presumption in favour of ‘sustainable development’ in the NPPF, the Inspector found that the proposal failed in some respect the three dimensions of sustainable development – environmental, economic and social. He therefore deemed the proposal not to be sustainable development.

The Inspector was of the opinion that “……the historic pattern of development along the main roads adjoins the open countryside and the open land forms a key part of the character of the area. By providing an open setting to the Conservation Area it positively contributes to its value as a heritage asset……

but the urbanisation of the site would clearly alter the setting and erode the historic relationship of the village with the open countryside beyond.”

Fulbourn Forum submitted a response against the original planning application (as did the Parish Council and other villagers) and is pleased that this important part of Fulbourn’s Green Belt protection will remain. An approval here, against long-term South Cambs planning policy (the site has not been identified for development in the emerging new Local Plan), would have put enormous pressure for development on other Green Belt fields surrounding the village.

David Cottee

Fulbourn Forum for community action /

Fulbourn Swift Watch Week 11 to 17 July 2016

P1015214Enjoy the flying displays, help monitor nest box activity and attend a talk by a swift expert

This year we are focusing our monitoring activity on this week in July, which has been chosen because this is the peak time for swift activity with breeding birds feeding their young and with a likely maximum number of non-breeding birds to give good flying displays.
Monday 11 July, 7.30 pm meet by the Fulbourn Life Wall – guided walks & monitoring of swift nest places on The Swifts & at the Church
Tuesday 12 July, 7.30 pm meet by the Fulbourn Life Wall – guided walks & monitoring of swift nest places on The Swifts & at the Church
Wednesday 13 July 7.30 pm Talk ‘All About Swifts’ by expert Dick Newell at The Swifts Meeting Rooms, followed by guided walks to view swifts flying (see below)
Thursday 14 July, 7.30 pm meet by the Fulbourn Life Wall – guided walks & monitoring of swift nest places on The Swifts & at the Church
Friday 15 July, 7.30 pm meet by the Fulbourn Life Wall – guided walks & monitoring of swift nest places on The Swifts & at the Church
Saturday 16 July, 10.30 am Storytime including a swift story at the Library, The Swifts Meeting Rooms for under 6s

All age groups are welcome to come along and appreciate the swifts. No previous experience or specialist equipment is required.  if you would like to help with the monitoring, just bring a pen or pencil and ideally something firm to write on.  Recording sheets will be provided.

Further volunteers are required to help with the above events – contact John Willis on 01223 881103 if you would like to help.

Talk – ‘All About Swifts’ by Dick Newell – 13 July 7.30 pm, The Swifts Meeting Rooms
Dick Newell has given talks at International Swift Conferences and to many local organisations in Cambridgeshire
Here is a great opportunity to hear about the status of swifts in the UK and in particular some of the successful nest box projects around Cambridgeshire including The Swifts Development. The talk will be followed by optional guided walks around the village to see swifts in action.

House Martins
House martins, which are also in decline in the UK, have been seen using the internal swift boxes
In August last year we noted a pair of house martins using one of the internal swift boxes on a house in Farmers Row.  We have had further reports this year of martins using some of the boxes and we would be very interested to hear of any further sightings- contact details below. This year the British Trust for Ornithology are conducting a House Martin Nest Monitoring Study – ideal for those people with house martin nests on their homes.  Details can be found at

Wilbraham River Protection Society – Guided River Walk

IMG_0840Sunday 12 June, from 12.30pm
The annual Wilbraham River walk will start from Hawk Mill Farm, Little Wilbraham and follow the river to the spring in the grounds of The Temple at Great Wilbraham. The walk will finish at around 3.30pm. The walk is not suitable for buggies, small toddlers or those with restricted mobility.
Numbers are limited. To register and receive full information of this event: contact Rebecca Lomas by 30 May 01223 811189 or

June Fulbourn Community Market

FulbounSaturday 11 June in the Townley Hall, 2.30pm to 5.00pm
Please note the date of the next Market. A good range of tables as usual with some activities for children. There will be a variety of plants for sale – any donations of plants will be welcome. Bread made from Foster Mill’s flour will also be available. Further details of the Market will follow nearer the date.

Fulbourn Windmill Sail Lift Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATuesday 17 May from around 9.00am (subject to weather conditions).

This is the new date for the lifting of the second sail into place – the previous notified date had to be cancelled. This should be quite a spectacle and can be easily viewed from the pavement opposite the site. One step nearer to seeing the sails turn again! Please note that there will be no public access during the operations and there is no parking in the vicinity. To maintain safety for all, please walk up from the village.

Save Fulbourn’s Fields Pop-Up Cafe

Screen shot 2016-05-17 at 14.17.11On Saturday 14 May in front of the Horse Pond, Cow Lane (next to Poor Well), a pop-up cafe and family friendly activities took place to support the Fulbourn Fields’ campaign group.

The event was a great chance to visit this wildlife haven (with a nationally important chalk stream) and learn more about its potential as a managed reserve. The site is currently under threat from development by the land owner wanting to build 110 houses. The planning application was refused by SCDC, largely on landscape, ecological and environmental grounds, but an Appeal has been lodged, which will be heard by public inquiry in mid-September. The Save Fulbourn’s Fields campaign group is raising funds to employ a planning expert to represent the village at the hearing – The Parish Council has agreed to match-fund up to £5,000 privately raised.

South Cambs have proposed these fields as a Local Green Space in the emerging Local Plan but, with the Appeal, the decision will be taken by a planning inspector, not our local representatives.

For more information and to donate contact: Gill Godber / C881699 / 1 The Pines, Fulbourn CB21 5HZ

Fulbourn Forum plans to provide more details about the Planning Appeal and the campaign to be represented at the hearing in the future.

No.18 Bus Service to Newmarket



Following a recent meeting with the County Transport Manager of representatives from Teversham, the Wilbrahams and Fulbourn Forum, plus John Williams our County Councillor, it can be confirmed that County funding for the three days a week bus to Newmarket will continue through the 2016-17 financial year. We had expected the funding to be withdrawn in part or full. However, major cuts to the county transport budget have been earmarked for 2017-18 and 2018-19, so there is no guarantee that the service will continue in its present form. Passenger numbers have increased a little but not enough for a fully commercial service. So do use it if you can.

The No.18 Whippet bus runs on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, leaving at 10.30am from outside the Chemist in Fulbourn High Street, arriving at the Newmarket bus station at 11.00am. The bus returns from Newmarket at 1.30pm, arriving back in Fulbourn at 2.00pm.

Grow Your Own Group Meetings


Meetings of this informal group are planned for Monday 4 April, Monday 9 May and Monday 6 June. The meetings take place in the lounge bar of the Six Bells starting at 7.30pm and are an opportunity for fruit and veg growers to exchange ideas and information. No formal agenda – just turn up for a drink and a chat. Experienced growers and newcomers all welcome.

For more information please contact John Willis on C881103.

Fulbourn Forum AGM and Introductory Talk on Circular Cambridge

Fulbourn Forum AGM and Introductory Talk on Circular Cambridge by Dr Ann Miller
Friday 29 April in the Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End.
AGM commences at 7.30pm followed by a break before the talk starts at 8.30pm latest.
Drinks will be available from the bar before and after the AGM, while free snacks will be available in the hall.
We hope that many of you can make the AGM as we have a little more time this year to discuss past events and activities, and consider future actions. However, you are more than welcome to attend the refreshment break and talk only. With time for questions and discussion after the talk, we anticipate that the evening will close by around 9.30pm. The event is free of charge.

Circular Cambridge – Living well with less stuff – is a project of Cambridge Carbon Footprint – see  The aim of the project is to encourage the reduction of waste and consumption, including of raw materials and energy, by refusing, reusing, rehousing, repairing, relating and recycling – the circular economy. The linear economy – buy, use, throw away – has resulted in, on average, a single person in the EU consuming 15 tonnes of resources each year, 5 tonnes of which we simply throw away, and 40% of our personal carbon emissions comes from what we buy.
Ann’s talk will give the background to the project and outline the activities being promoted to address some of the issues. The project also aims to encourage and promote progressive ways to design and manufacture goods to achieve a long life and/or the ability to repair and reuse.
Dr Ann Miller is an engineer and director of The Creativity Partnership. She is an expert in technological innovation and creativity, organisational change, sustainability in a variety of environments, and transition to a low carbon economy.

Fulbourn Spring Community Litter Pick

IMG_6157Sunday 10 April. Meet between 2.00 and 2.30pm outside the Fulbourn Centre.
We hope that you can join us for the first village litter pick of 2016. As usual, there is much to do, but with plenty of volunteers we should be able to cover most of the village and get out along the numerous approach roads towards the parish boundaries. Pickers and bags (and bag holders) will be available from outside the Fulbourn Centre between 2.00 and 2.30pm, but please bring your own pickers if you have them. And don’t forget suitable gloves and, if you have one, a hi-vis vest for when on road verges – however, we will have gloves and a few vests to borrow if necessary.

If required, lifts can be provided to and from your picking area, and refreshments will be available back at the Centre between 4.00 and 5.30pm. Arrangements will be made for collection of the filled bags from the roadside – no need to carry them back.
If you cannot make the Sunday afternoon but would still like to help, contact us for the pickers and bags so that you can litter pick your chosen area in the morning or on another day – several people have been doing this recently.

Although there is usually a great turnout of volunteers, a few more hands would enable more areas to be cleared of litter. We shall also be looking for a couple of volunteers(with suitable wellington boots!) able to help clear the ditch along Hinton Road. Do come and join in if you can – it makes such a difference to the village.