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Planning Policy Monthly Update

Planning Policy Monthly Update (February 2015)

Highlights news items relevant to planning policy at national, regional, county and local levels.

Please note that we can only be responsible for our own programmes. Information from other organisations is the latest and most up to date given to us.


A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme

An application for a Development Consent Order to build the A14 improvement scheme was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by the Highways Agency on 31 December 2014.

The Planning Inspectorate has now accepted this application for examination and has approximately three months to prepare for the examination.

This is the last opportunity to have your say about the A14 scheme before an Inspector examines the application. Everyone who registers their interest or makes comments will be invited to take part in the examination, which can take up to 6 months. You have until Thursday 12 March 2015 at 11.59pm to register as an interested party and to provide an outline of your comments on the application. There is a link to register on the Planning Inspectorate's website as well as further information on the Development Consent Order process.

The Council will be considering the proposals and deciding its response.

For further information on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Scheme visit the Highways Agency website.

  Stepping onto the property ladder 

A consultation about new Starter Home initiatives was published by the Department of Communities and Local Government on 15 December 2014.

The consultation includes the following proposals from the Government to change the planning system -

  • Introduce a new national Starter Homes exceptions site planning policy to enable starter homes to be built on under-used or unviable brownfield sites not currently identified for housing on public and private land.  

The policy would require local planning authorities to approve applications for starter homes on such sites, unless they can demonstrate that there are "overriding considerations in relation to health, safety or infrastructure that cannot be mitigated". 

  • Ensure through either planning obligations or conditions that these newly built starter homes are only available to buy or occupy for young first time buyers under the age of forty and are sold at a minimum 20% discount below open market value; 
  • Remove the obligations on developers to fund section 106 affordable housing contributions, including any tariff-based contributions to general infrastructure pots, and exempt the Community Infrastructure Levy on Starter Homes to enable them to help deliver this discounted price. 

If you wish to take part in this consultation the deadline for comments is 9 February 2015. 

New Government Consultation – Building more homes on brownfield land

A consultation document published on 28 January 2015 by the Department of Communities and Local Government seeks views on a range of proposals to support local planning authorities further in identifying and recording brownfield land suitable for housing, and to encourage them to make good progress in getting permissions in place for housing through local development orders.

The deadline for comments is 11 March 2015.

Local Plan News

Local Plan News highlights where we would like your involvement in future plan making in South Cambridgeshire and shows the progress of past consultations.


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