Submission of Local Plan (28 March 2014)

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Update: 17 November 2017 

The Councils received a letter from the Inspectors on 15 November 2017 in response to their publication of the working correspondence with the Inspectors.

Working Correspondence with Inspectors: 14 November 2017

The Planning Inspectors examining our Local Plan and also the Cambridge Local Plan closed the hearings in July and advised that they anticipated that consultation will take place during Autumn 2017 on Main Modifications that they consider may be necessary to ensure the Local Plans can be found ‘sound’ and adopted.

During the last few weeks, there have been several exchanges of correspondence between the Councils and the Inspectors. During these exchanges, Inspectors have asked Council officers to assist in the preparation of the above-mentioned modifications which are to be consulted on. This stage has not yet been completed, but you can view this working correspondence between the Councils and the inspectors up to this point on the Correspondence with the Inspectors webpage.

The documents cover some of the changes the Inspectors have suggested they believe may need to be consulted on.

Once the inspectors are content that they have a complete final list of the modifications that they consider may be necessary to make the plan ‘sound’, they will write to the Council and formally ask us to undertake a consultation.

The consultation provides the opportunity to comment on the specific detailed changes put forward but it does not reopen the debate on other matters. These other matters include the modifications which we consulted on from December 2015 to January 2016.

An update will be provided once the content and timings around this upcoming consultation are confirmed.

The working correspondence can be viewed on the Correspondence with the Inspectors webpage.


The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 28 March 2014 for examination, alongside the Cambridge Local Plan. The examinations commenced on 4 November 2014.

The Planning Inspectors wrote to the Councils in May 2015 raising some initial queries relating to objectively assessed need for new housing, the development strategy and conformity with national planning policy, and inviting the Councils to undertake additional work to address those issues before the examinations progress further.

The Councils carried out additional work to address the issues raised by the Inspectors, and identified a small number of modifications that need to be made to the Local Plans. The Councils sought views on the proposed modifications through public consultation undertaken between 2 December 2015 and 25 January 2016.

The Councils have considered the results of the public consultation and on 31 March 2016 the Councils submitted the consultation responses, evidence base documents and associated proposed modifications to the Inspectors for consideration.

Since March 2016, additional issues have arisen during the course of the examination and changes in circumstances have occurred that require further proposed modifications to be made to the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan.

On 30 November 2016, the Council submitted to the Inspectors a letter and further proposed modifications. At this stage in the examination process, modifications can only be put forward as recommendations to the Inspectors for their consideration. If the Inspectors consider that such modifications are necessary to make the plan sound, they will be published for consultation at a later stage in the examination process.

What is the Local Plan?

The Local Plan is a set of policies and land allocations that will guide the future of our district up to 2031. The timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan is set out in the Local Development Scheme.

Once adopted, all planning applications will be assessed against the policies in the Local Plan. Also on adoption of the Local Plan, the Core Strategy, Development Control Policies DPD, Site Specific Policies DPD and 'saved' Policy CNF6 from the Local Plan 2004 will be revoked in their entirety and will no longer form part of the development plan.

Submission of the Local Plan

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.

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 has also been appointed. All correspondence relating to the examination should be via the Programme Officer.

Further information is available on the examination webpage and Local Plan News webpage, both of 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.

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