South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018

What is the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan?

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 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.

Adopted South Cambridgeshire Local Plan

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was adopted on 27 September 2018 (as set out in the Adoption Statement):

The Adopted Policies Map (September 2018) illustrates geographically the application of spatial policies in the development plan (i.e. allocations for development and policy areas to which a specific policy applies). The Policies Map has been updated to reflect the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan adopted in September 2018. 

Preparation of the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan

There were a number of stages in the preparation of the Local Plan, including evidence gathering, two Issues and Options consultations, and consultation on the Proposed Submission Local Plan (all undertaken between 2011 and 2014).

The Council submitted the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan to the Secretary of State for examination in March 2014. An independent examination, to test the 'soundness' of the plan, was undertaken between March 2014 and August 2018.

In August 2018, the Inspectors that conducted the examination issued their Inspectors’ Report and Schedule of Main Modifications, concluding that the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan is 'sound' subject to a number of Main Modifications being made.

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was formally adopted by the Council on 27 September 2018 at a meeting of full Council. The adopted South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018 incorporates the main modifications recommended by the Inspectors in Appendix 1 of the Inspectors' Report, as well as some Additional Modifications that are minor or factual in nature, including typographical amendments and factual updating and that do not materially affect the policies proposed by the Council.

Any person aggrieved by the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018 may, with the leave of the High Court, make an application to the High Court under section 113(3) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) on the grounds that:

  • the document is not within the appropriate power (as defined in section 113(9) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004); or
  • a procedural requirement has not been complied with.

Any such application must be made to the High Court not later than the end of the period of six weeks beginning with the day after the date on which the Local Plan was adopted (i.e. six weeks beginning on 28 September 2018).

Adoption Documents

What is the adopted development plan for South Cambridgeshire?

The adopted development plan for South Cambridgeshire comprises:

In addition, the Adopted Policies Map (September 2018) illustrates geographically the application of spatial policies in the development plan (i.e. allocations for development and policy areas to which a specific policy applies).

Sustainability Appraisal Report Documents

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan has been subject to an integrated Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA):

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