Local Development Framework - Overview

What is the Local Development Framework, an overview

The South Cambridgeshire Local Development Framework (LDF) sets out the planning policies that provide a framework to guide new development in the district. It aims to deliver the required homes, jobs, community facilities and transport infrastructure for the district, while protecting and enhancing the environment and character of the area.

It consists of a set of documents:

  • Core Strategy DPD (adopted January 2007) – this sets out the overall strategy for development in the district, which is to focus growth in the most sustainable locations. It also sets out the number of new homes and amount of employment land required in the district.
  • Development Control Policies DPD (adopted July 2007) – this sets out the planning policies for the district on a wide range of topics such as housing, employment, services and facilities, and the natural environment.
  • Northstowe AAP (adopted July 2007) – this sets out the planning policies to guide the development of the new town of Northstowe.
  • Cambridge East AAP (adopted February 2008) – this sets out the planning policies to guide the proposed development on the eastern edge of Cambridge around Cambridge Airport, and was prepared jointly with Cambridge City Council.
  • Cambridge Southern Fringe AAP (adopted February 2008) – this sets out the planning policies to guide the development on the southern edge of Cambridge at Trumpington Meadows.
  • North-West Cambridge AAP (adopted October 2009) – this sets out the planning policies to guide the development on the north-western edge of Cambridge for housing, student accommodation, and new faculty buildings for the University of Cambridge, and was prepared jointly with Cambridge City Council.
  • Site Specific Policies DPD (adopted January 2010) – this sets out the planning policies for site specific proposals, such as housing, employment and open space allocations.
  • Adopted Proposals Map (published February 2012) – this shows the boundaries of planning policies that have spatial implications, such as housing, employment and open space allocations, and village development frameworks.
  • Local Development Scheme (LDS) – this sets out what planning policy documents the Council intends to produce and the timetables for their preparation.
  • Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) (adopted January 2010) – this provides information on how the Council will involve the community and other stakeholders in the planning process.
  • Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) – this is updated annually and assesses the performance of individual planning policies included in the adopted LDF.

We have also produced Foodstore Provision in North West Cambridge Informal Planning Policy Guidance (adopted March 2011) which is a material consideration in determining planning applications. Although not formally part of the LDF, this guidance document sets out a strategy for the provision of foodstores in north west Cambridge along with development principles that should be followed by developers.

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