Call for Sites

What is the Call for Sites?

The Councils are starting preparation of a new joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan, as set out in the adopted Greater Cambridge Local Development Scheme. As an early stage of plan making, we want to know about potential sites or broad locations for development. Better understanding land availability for development across Greater Cambridge will ensure that the new Local Plan allocates enough land to meet identified needs and that it can choose the right sites from a large number of potential alternatives having assessed their suitability, availability and achievability.

The Government requires Local Planning Authorities to conduct a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise as a key component of the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment to inform policies in the new Local Plan for housing and employment.

The Councils undertook a Call for Sites between Monday 11 February and 25 March 2019, as set out in the Public Notice.

The consultation document is available to view on the interactive online consultation system. (Note: once the sites have been registered they will also be made available to view on the interactive online system).

What happens next?

Not all of the sites proposed in the Call for Sites will be found to be suitable, available or achievable. We will assess each site which meets minimum size and capacity criteria against a common assessment methodology and publish our findings in a report which will form part of the evidence base supporting the new Local Plan.

It is proposed to carry out public consultation on Issues and Options for the new Local Plan in the Autumn 2019.

How can I be kept informed?

Individuals and organisations can opt-in to receiving future mailings in relation to the Greater Cambridge Local Plan or Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment by logging in to the Cambridge City and/or South Cambridgeshire District consultation databases 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’.

Greater Cambridge Call for Sites – Update 18 May 2019

Thank you for your submissions to our 2019 ‘Call for Sites’. It will be some months before we can register all of the sites submitted and make them publicly available to view on our interactive consultation system. This is partly due to the number of sites submitted and because we also consulted on the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan at the same time (on Issues and Options).

If we have any queries on your submissions we will let you know as soon as we can and allow time for any necessary additional information to be submitted.

Check back here for future updates

Further Information

If you would like further information, please contact the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning – Planning Policy Team on:

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