Adopted Development Plan - Overview

Planning policies and proposals that guide the development and use of land in the district are set out in the adopted Development Plan. All planning decisions in South Cambridgeshire need to be made in accordance with the planning policies included in the adopted Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
The adopted development plan is a set of documents and planning policies, it currently consists of: 

1. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Minerals and Waste Plan: this sets out the planning policies that provide a framework for all minerals and waste developments in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and is prepared jointly by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.

The following documents are part of the adopted development plan:

There are other Minerals and Waste planning policy documents that do not form part of the adopted development plan, such as Supplementary Planning Documents and the Local Development Scheme. These documents are available to view on Cambridgeshire County Council's planning policy webpages.

2. South Cambridgeshire Local Plan (adopted September 2018): this sets out the planning policies and land allocations to guide the future development of the district up to 2031. It includes policies on a wide range of topics such as housing, employment, services and facilities and the natural environment.

3. Northstowe Area Action Plan (adopted July 2007): this sets out the planning policies to guide the development of the new town of Northstowe.

4. Cambridge East Area Action Plan (adopted February 2008): this sets out the planning policies to guide the proposed development on the eastern edge of Cambridge around Cambridge Airport, and was prepared jointly with Cambridge City Council.

5. Cambridge Southern Fringe Area Action Plan (adopted February 2008): this sets out the planning policies to guide the development on the southern edge of Cambridge at Trumpington Meadows.

6. North-West Cambridge Area Action Plan (adopted October 2009): this sets out the planning policies to guide the development on the north-western edge of Cambridge for housing, student accommodation, and new faculty buildings for the University of Cambridge, and was prepared jointly with Cambridge City Council.

7. Great Abington Former Land Settlement Association Estate Neighbourhood Plan (made February 2019): this sets out the planning policies to guide development in the former Land Settlement Association estate at Great Abington.

8. Adopted Policies Map: this illustrates geographically the application of spatial policies in the adopted Development Plan (i.e. allocations for development and policy areas to which a specific policy applies).

Other planning policy documents

There are other planning policy documents that do not form part of the adopted development plan, such as Supplementary Planning Documents and the Local Development Scheme. These documents are available to view by following the links from the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Planning webpage.

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