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Local Plan 2011-2031: Submission of Local Plan (28 March 2014)

The Local Plan is a set of policies and land allocations that will guide the future of our district up to 2031. Once adopted, all planning applications will be assessed against the policies in the Local Plan. The timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan is set out in the Local Development Scheme.

On 28 March 2014, the Local Plan and its supporting documents were submitted for independent examination to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government via the Planning Inspectorate.

What Happens Next?

The Secretary of State has appointed Laura Graham BSC MA MRTPI as the Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate to carry out an independent examination of the Local Plan. Her task is to establish whether the Local Plan is ‘sound’, taking into consideration representations made during public consultation on the Proposed Submission Local Plan between July and October 2013. She will then report on her findings, including advising if changes are needed to make the Local Plan sound. The Inspector is being assisted by an Assistant Inspector – Alan Wood MSC FRICS – and a Planning Officer – Laura O’Brien.

To assist the inspector, a Programme Officer, Gloria Alexander, has also been appointed. All correspondence relating to the examination should be via the Programme Officer:

Further information is available on our examination webpage, which will be updated frequently as the examination proceeds.

Submission Documents

Proposed Submission Local Plan (July 2013) [RD/Sub/SC/020] [this allows you to view an interactive version]

Alternatively, the Proposed Submission Local Plan is available to view in pdf format using the links below:

Proposed Submission Policies Map (July 2013) [RD/Sub/SC/020]

Schedule of Proposed Major Modifications [RD/Sub/SC/030]

Schedule of Proposed Minor Changes [RD/Sub/SC/040]

Proposed Submission Local Plan ‘with illustrated changes’ [RD/Sub/SC/050]

Representations to Proposed Submission Local Plan and Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal [RD/Sub/SC/100] – these are available to view using the online consultation system. Guidance on how to use the online consultation system is available on the Instructions webpage.

Results of Consultation on the Proposed Submission Local Plan – Summary of Representations and Key Issues [RD/Sub/SC/110]

Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal [RD/Sub/SC/060]

Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report [RD/Sub/SC/060]

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report [RD/Sub/SC/070]

Statement of Consultation [RD/Sub/SC/090]

Statement of Compliance with the Duty to Co-operate [RD/Sub/SC/080]

Notice of Submission [RD/Sub/SC/120]

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan Legal Compliance Checklist [RD/Sub/SC/150]

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan Self Assessment of Soundness [RD/Sub/SC/160]

Local Development Scheme 

Statement of Community Involvement [RD/Sub/SC/140]

The Local Plan is supported by a number of evidence base and supporting studies - this  webpage lists all the evidence base and supporting studies included in Appendix A of the Proposed Submission Local Plan (July 2013) and those listed as amendments in the Schedule of Proposed Minor Changes (March 2014).

Earlier Stages in Preparation of the Local Plan

Evidence gathering and preparation of the Local Plan began in 2011. Three rounds of public consultation on issues and options were undertaken:

All the comments received from the issues and options public consultations are available to view using the online consultation system. All of these comments were considered during the drafting the Proposed Submission Local Plan.


If you would like further information on the Local Plan, please either email the Planning Policy Team on or phone (01954) 713183.


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