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Submission of Proposed Modifications (31 March 2016)

Submission of Proposed Modifications

On 31 March 2016, we and Cambridge City Council submitted to the Inspectors a letter [PDF, 0.3MB] and the further work undertaken to address the Inspectors’ concerns (as set out in their letters to the Councils in May [PDF, 0.1MB] and July 2015 [PDF, 0.1MB]) including accompanying proposed modifications.

We have provided a separate letter [PDF, 0.2MB] in respect of the provisional modification to the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan to allocate land south of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).

In another separate letter [PDF, 0.3MB], [PDF, 0.3MB] Cambridge City Council has advised the Inspectors that they will be undertaking further work in relation to student accommodation.

Why did the Councils undertake further work and consult on Proposed Modifications?

The Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans were submitted to the Secretary of State on 28 March 2014 for examination. The examinations of the Local Plans commenced on 4 November 2014.

The Planning Inspectors wrote to the Councils in May 2015 [PDF, 0.1MB] 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 agreed to undertake additional work and the examinations were formally suspended until March 2016.

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 modifications have been subject to Sustainability Appraisal.

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.

Documents submitted to Inspectors

Consultation Documents

The Councils sought views on:

Evidence Base and Supporting Studies

The proposed modifications have been informed by a range of evidence base documents:

If you would like further information, please either email the Planning Policy Team on or phone 01954 713 183.