Monday, 20 August 2012

Workshop on the proposed Ida Darwin Housing Development

Planning Workshop on the Proposed Ida Darwin Housing Development
Saturday 1 September, 10.00am to 3.00pm at the Fulbourn Centre
If you attended the Public Meeting and registered your interest, then you should be contacted soon by Mary Drage, Chair of Fulbourn Parish Council. If you were unable to attend but are still interested in being part of the Workshop, then please contact Mary at, as soon as possible. If you can only make part of the day, please still contact Mary to discuss the options available.

The Workshop will be broken down into four groups working under the titles:

  • Design/Policy
  • Traffic/Transport/Access/Services
  • Environment/Ecology
  • Community Cohesion/Employment

The formal working groups will be preceded by a presentation by the consultants for the Mental Health Trust and a Questions and Answers session. A Plenary session will conclude the day. Each group will be led by a facilitator and have a scribe to facilitate reporting back. The results of the workshop will form the basis of a report by the Ida Darwin Steering Group (comprising six councillors and three others) which will be presented to the Mental Health Trust and their consultants.

The headings of the Workshop are necessarily broad and will be more closely defined in session, but, in any case, there are bound to be overlaps. As reported before, no firm scheme proposal has yet been submitted, and the purpose of the Workshop is, therefore, not to comment or appraise a design or layout, but to highlight the issues which are of importance to the village and which we would wish the developers to include or resolve within the constraints of the site and the relevant planning legislation. The consultants for the Trust have prepared a Site Appraisal document which will be available on the day, but if you would like to see a copy in advance please contact David Cottee at

This is a great opportunity to discuss and develop, in an ordered and structured format, many of the issues that not only affect the Ida Darwin site but which are also relevant to the pressure for other future housing development in Fulbourn. We hope that many of you will be able to participate on the day.

David Cottee
Fulbourn Forum for Community Action

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