Emerging Greater Cambridge Local Plan - Overview

What is the Greater Cambridge Local Plan?

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are committed to preparing a joint Local Plan for their combined districts (Greater Cambridge). The Councils’ current adopted Local Plans (2018) both include a policy which makes a commitment to an early review of those Plans to commence before the end of 2019.

The Local Development Scheme, which was adopted by the Councils in October 2018 sets out the timetable for this review, which includes Issues and Options consultation in autumn-winter 2019 and proposed submission to the Secretary of State for examination by the end of summer 2022.

The below video provides a short explanation of the Local Plan process, hears about some of the key opportunities, issues and challenges and looks into what happens next. It was published on 24 July 2019 following some workshops. This is the first in a series of videos that we’re planning to create, to open up the debate on the Local Plan so that everyone can get involved.

How to get involved

The development of the joint Local Plan must be informed by a wide range of research to create a strong evidence base, alongside input and feedback from residents, businesses, local stakeholder groups and other national and regional bodies. The Councils are committed to a genuine process of local involvement that reaches our diverse communities and demystifies the plan-making process.

There will be many opportunities for everyone interested in the Greater Cambridge Area to get involved – online and in person. We will regularly update this website with further content, sharing the process of developing the joint Local Plan across our platforms, and inviting you to comment. Please do check this webpage regularly.

Individuals and organisations can opt-in to receiving future mailings in relation to public consultations or notifications on planning policy documents by logging in to the Cambridge City and/or South Cambridgeshire District consultation database and choosing the ‘areas of interest’ that you would like future mailings about. When you log in, you will find the list of ‘areas of interest’ under ‘My Details’

What is a Local Plan?

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in July 2018 and continues to include a strong expectation that Local Authorities will prepare plans which positively seek opportunities to meet the development needs of their area, and that are sufficiently flexible to adapt to rapid change. Strategic policies should set out an overall strategy for the pattern, scale and quality of development, and make sufficient provision for a number of key land uses. These are housing (including affordable housing), employment, retail, leisure and other commercial development, infrastructure for transport and other key utilities, community facilities, and the conservation and enhancement of the natural, built and historic environment.

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