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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 all the representations into consideration, and report on her findings.

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

Where the Inspector considers that more information is needed, he/she will hold a series of examination hearings. We consider it unlikely that hearings will take place before July 2014, but this will be decided by the Inspector. Our examination webpage will be updated frequently as the examination proceeds.

We are working jointly with Cambridge City Council on issues that affect both districts. Key shared issues are likely to be considered by the Inspector at joint hearings. All remaining district specific issues will be dealt with separately.

Submission Documents

Proposed Submission Local Plan (July 2013) [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)

Schedule of Proposed Major Modifications

Schedule of Proposed Minor Changes

Proposed Submission Local Plan ‘with illustrated changes’

Representations to Proposed Submission Local Plan and Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal – 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 

Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal

Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

Statement of Consultation

Statement of Compliance with the Duty to Co-operate

Notice of Submission

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan Legal Compliance Checklist

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan Self Assessment of Soundness

Local Development Scheme

Statement of Community Involvement

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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