Emerging Greater Cambridge Local Plan - Overview

Call for Sites

As an early stage of plan making, we wanted to know about potential sites or broad locations for development.

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, employment and other uses.

The consultation ran from 9 am Monday 11 February to 5pm on Tuesday 26 March 2019. Further information is available on the Call for Sites webpage.

What is the Greater Cambridge Local Plan?

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are committed to preparing a joint Local Plan for their combined districts (Greater Cambridge). The Councils’ new Local Plans (2018) both include a policy which makes a commitment to an early review of those Plans to commence before the end of 2019.

The Local Development Scheme, which was adopted by the Councils in October 2018 sets out the timetable for this review, which includes Issues and Options consultation in Autumn 2019 and proposed submission to the Secretary of State for examination by the end of Summer 2022.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in July 2018 and continues to include a strong expectation that Local Authorities will prepare plans which positively seek opportunities to meet the development needs of their area, and that are sufficiently flexible to adapt to rapid change. Strategic policies should set out an overall strategy for the pattern, scale and quality of development, and make sufficient provision for a number of key land uses. These are housing (including affordable housing), employment, retail, leisure and other commercial development, infrastructure for transport and other key utilities, community facilities, and the conservation and enhancement of the natural, built and historic environment.

As the Greater Cambridge Local Plan is developed, further information and details about how to get involved in the process will be provided on the Councils’ websites.

Individuals and organisations can opt-in to receiving future mailings in relation to public consultations or notifications on planning policy documents by logging in to the Cambridge City and/or South Cambridgeshire District consultation database 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’.

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