As you will have noticed, the first properties at Meridian Fields (previously known as the Grace Crescent Development) have been completed and are available for sale. There will eventually be 98 properties built. 39 of these will be available as social housing and shared ownership with Hardwick residents having some priority.
The St Neots Road development for 155 properties on land between Hall Drive and Meridian Close will be delayed beyond what we were told to expect. This
development programme was about a year behind Meridian Fields but that could now increase to two years (or even more). The developers have
obligations (“Section 106”) to contribute to village amenities and services e.g. our new community centre, play and recreation facilities. The delays in starting the St Neots Road development will mean corresponding delays to receipt of these Section 106 contributions. The Hardwick Community Centre Working Group and the Hardwick Parish Council will have to look at how this affects the plans for the timing of the new community centre by the Sports and Social Club.
The delays in starting the St Neots Road development are for two main reasons. There has been a delay by the developer (Clarion Housing Association) in completing the land purchase as further surveys are required. In addition, the detailed planning application that was submitted late last year by Clarion was withdrawn in March this year as South Cambs District Council planners were seeking changes to the scheme before granting approval. Clarion are now working with the planners to draw up a scheme that will satisfy the Local Planning Authority. All the indications are that the development will eventually go ahead.
Hardwick Parish Council
At the last PC meeting, representatives from Countryside properties presented the latest plans for the 3500 new homes in the Bourn Airfield development. You can see the plans on their website here.
There were a lot of questions around the impact on Hardwick, especially concerning the increased traffic along St Neots Road. Countryside confirmed that there were no plans to give the development its own access to the A428 and that no significant changes/upgrades were planned for the existing roads. Countryside were unable to provide any additional information on the data they had used to justify this decision. Members of the public who attended the presentation and the HPC were not reassured that the impact on the village had been taken into account and were concerned by the lack of transparency in the decision.
There’s still time to have your say.
Public meeting @ Hardwick Primary School – Thursday 18th July 7pm
The HPC will hold a public meeting on Thursday 18th July at 7pm in the Hardwick Primary School to ensure that the village is fully informed about the potential consequences and understand what can be done to ensure that our voice is heard.
SCDC Public Consultation
You can still submit comments to South Cambridgeshire District Council via the public consultation of the Bourn Airfield New Village Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The draft Bourn Airfield New Village SPD provides additional details and guidance relating to comprehensive development and delivery of the new village. The consultation is for six weeks and begins at 9am on Monday 17 June until 5pm Monday 29 July 2019. Click here for details about how you can have your say.
For those who do not know me, my name is Elise Croft and I was recently co-opted to the Parish Council and have taken over responsibility of the website. If you like our Hardwick Parish Council Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Hardwick-Parish-Council-2031379880493059/) you will automatically receive any updates in your Facebook feed.
Some recent changes to the website include:
– archive of the Hardwick Happenings for 2018 and 2019 uploaded
– calendar updated
– all news automatically posted to Hardwick Parish Council Facebook page
– updated village facilities and local business directory
I would love to hear any ideas you have about things you would like to see on the website or improvements we can make to it. Likewise, if you are running an event in the village and would like us to add it to the calendar or run a local business and would like it added to our local business directory, do let me know by commenting on this post or emailing the Parish Clerk.
7pm in the school.
Agenda is here.
The Hardwick Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Tuesday 2st May 2019 at 7pm in the school.
The meeting is open to all parishioners who may by law discuss all parish matters, ask questions, put forward views and pass resolutions.
Please links below for the agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting and the minutes of the 2018 meetings. The Council would very much appreciate reports from individuals and organisations listed on the agenda, whether on their activities during the year, the progress of ongoing projects, or the use made of funds granted by the Council during the year if applicable.
If you, or a representative, would like to present a report and/or accounts to the APM, please could you let the Clerk have a copy in advance of the meeting at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reports and accounts will not be recorded in the minutes but instead all written reports will be appended to the minutes.
We’ve received some feedback about the wooded area between Ashmead and Sudeley Grove.
Just a note of congratulation. The council recently cleared the wooded area between Ashmead and Sudeley Grove. What a lovely job, nice for the children and for the residents. Well done. Please extend my thanks to the whole committee.
Thank you for your kind words, Paul. We’d love to hear from anyone else who has enjoyed this area or has any further suggestions.