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Submission of Local Plan (28 March 2014)

LATEST NEWS: 27 September 2018

On 27 September 2018, the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was adopted and the Adopted Policies Map was agreed for publication.

Together the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan (September 2018) and Adopted Policies Map (September 2018) replace the Core Strategy DPD (January 2007), Development Control Policies DPD (July 2007), Site Specific Policies DPD (January 2010), Local Plan 2004 'Saved' Policy CNF6, and Adopted Proposals Map (February 2012).

The Council’s website will be fully updated over the coming days to reflect these changes.

Latest News: 3 September 2018

The Local Plans have been found sound

The independent Inspectors appointed to examine the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans have written their Final Reports, published on Monday 3 September 2018.

The Inspectors’ Reports conclude that the Cambridge Local Plan and the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan are sound and provide an appropriate basis for the planning of the area, provided that a number of main modifications are made, which are detailed in their reports.

The Inspectors have considered responses received during these consultation periods, and all other matters raised throughout the Examination period, in reaching their conclusions.

A copy of the Inspectors Report into the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan is available to view at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA between 9am and 5:30pm.

Further information about the examination process is available on the Local Plan Examination: Overview webpage.

What happens next?

Following receipt of the Inspectors Report the Examination of the Local Plan has now concluded. The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan will be presented to a Cabinet meeting on Monday 24 September 2018 before a final decision on adoption is made at a Council meeting on Thursday 27 September 2018.


The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 28 March 2014 for examination, alongside the Cambridge Local Plan. The examinations commenced on 4 November 2014.

The Planning Inspectors wrote to the Councils in May 2015 raising some initial queries relating to objectively assessed need for new housing, the development strategy and conformity with national planning policy, and inviting the Councils to undertake additional work to address those issues before the examinations progress further.

The Councils carried out additional work to address the issues raised by the Inspectors, and identified a small number of modifications that need to be made to the Local Plans. The Councils sought views on the proposed modifications through public consultation undertaken between 2 December 2015 and 25 January 2016.

The Councils have considered the results of the public consultation and on 31 March 2016 the Councils submitted the consultation responses, evidence base documents and associated proposed modifications to the Inspectors for consideration.

Since March 2016, additional issues arose during the course of the examination and changes in circumstances occurred that required further proposed modifications to be made to the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan.

On 30 November 2016, the Council submitted to the Inspectors a letter and further proposed modifications. At this stage in the examination process, modifications could only be put forward as recommendations to the Inspectors for their consideration. If the Inspectors considered that such modifications were necessary to make the plan sound, they would be published for consultation at a later stage in the examination process.

Public consultation on Main Modifications to the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan and Cambridge Local Plan (and associated Sustainability Appraisal of the Main Modifications) ended at 5pm on Friday 16 February 2018.

Representations received were published, and are available to view on the Councils’ interactive online consultation system pages:

The Statement of Consultation provides a summary of the representation received.

What is the Local Plan?

The Local Plan is a set of policies and land allocations that will guide the future of our district up to 2031. The timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan is set out in the Local Development Scheme.

Once adopted, all planning applications will be assessed against the policies in the Local Plan. Also on adoption of the Local Plan, the Core Strategy, Development Control Policies DPD, Site Specific Policies DPD and 'saved' Policy CNF6 from the Local Plan 2004 will be revoked in their entirety and will no longer form part of the development plan.

Submission of the Local Plan

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.

The Secretary of State 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 was to establish whether the Local Plan is ‘sound’, taking into consideration representations made during public consultation on the Proposed Submission Local Plan between July and October 2013. The Inspector was assisted by an Assistant Inspector – Alan Wood MSC FRICS – and a Planning Officer – Laura O’Brien.

Further information is available on the examination webpage and Local Plan News webpage, both of which will be updated frequently as the examination proceeds.

Submission Documents

Proposed Submission Local Plan (July 2013) [RD/Sub/SC/020] [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) [RD/Sub/SC/020]

Schedule of Proposed Major Modifications [RD/Sub/SC/030]

Schedule of Proposed Minor Changes [RD/Sub/SC/040]

Proposed Submission Local Plan ‘with illustrated changes’ [RD/Sub/SC/050]

Representations to Proposed Submission Local Plan and Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal [RD/Sub/SC/100] – these are available to view using the online consultation systemGuidance 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 [RD/Sub/SC/110]

Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal [RD/Sub/SC/060]

Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report [RD/Sub/SC/060]

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report [RD/Sub/SC/070]

Statement of Consultation [RD/Sub/SC/090]

Statement of Compliance with the Duty to Co-operate [RD/Sub/SC/080]

Notice of Submission [RD/Sub/SC/120]

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan Legal Compliance Checklist [RD/Sub/SC/150]

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan Self Assessment of Soundness [RD/Sub/SC/160]

Local Development Scheme 

Statement of Community Involvement [RD/Sub/SC/140]

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.

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