Cambridge East area action plan

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council formally adopted the Cambridge East Area Action Plan on 21 February 2008.

This was following the receipt of the binding Inspector's Report on 20 December 2007, which found the document to be sound.

To view further information about the adoption of the Cambridge East Area Action Plan, including the adoption statement please see South Cambridgeshire District Council's website.


The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Structure Plan 2003 identifies a number of locations for housing and mixed-use development around Cambridge on land to be released from the green belt.

Cambridge East - land at Cambridge airport, land north of Cherry Hinton and land north of Newmarket Road - has been identified in the adopted 2006 Cambridge Local Plan and the South Cambridgeshire Local Development Framework as a location for a major urban extension with the potential for approximately 10,000 - 12,000 homes.

The land lies within both city council and South Cambridgeshire Dictrict Council areas and in order to allow for the good planning of the area the two authorities have worked together to produce a joint area action plan.

The Cambridge East Area Action Plan process

The following table outlines the key stages towards the adoption of the Cambridge East Area Action Plan.

Key stages towards the adoption of Cambridge East Area Action plan
Stage in the area action plan processTimescale
Public participation on preferred options Oct - Nov 2004
Pre-submission public participation June - July 2005
Submit plans to secretary of state - consult for six weeks Jan - Feb 2006
Advertise objection sites for comment - six weeks March - April 2006
Site allocation policy representations consultation - six weeks 16 June - 28 July 2006
Public examination Began 3 July 2007
Binding inspector's report November 2007
Adoption 21 February 2008

In October 2004, both authorities carried out public consultation looking at the preferred options for Cambridge East. The results of this process fed into the pre-submission draft Cambridge East Area Action Plan, which was subject to a further six-weeks consultation between 17 June and 29 July 2005.

Following this consultation, the councils prepared the submission draft Cambridge East Area Action Plan, which was submitted to the secretary of state in January, triggering a further statutory six-week public consultation period.

Consultation on objection sites - additional, alternative or amended sites for development put forward by people objecting to the submission draft area action plan - took place between March and April 2006. For further information about the objection sites, please view the councils' consultation website.

Consultation was also undertaken on site allocation policies representations raised in relation to the submission draft Cambridge East Area Action Plan. The consultation period ran from the 16 June to the 28 July 2006. To see further details about this consultation please see the councils' consultation website.

Following on from the submission of the Cambridge East Area Action Plan to the secretary of state in January 2006, an independent public examination was held. The purpose of the examination was to consider the 'soundness' of the document. The hearing sessions for the Cambridge East Area Action Plan examination began on Tuesday 3 July 2007 and were held in the Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge.

To assist the inspector review his conclusions on the issue of green separation between Teversham and Fen Ditton, a final round of consultation was carried out between 12 October and 23 November 2007. The consultation concerned potential changes to the submission draft area action plan, which would delete the green separation policy and supporting text and make consequential changes to the plan. All public representations made were passed onto the inspector for his consideration.

Supporting documents

The following Cambridge City Council documents helped inform the production of the Cambridge East Area Action Plan:

Other background studies were also undertaken by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Cambridge East transport study

The Cambridge East Transport Study [PDF] was commissioned to inform the preparation of the Cambridge East Area Action Plan.

The study looks at the potential transport impact of the proposed development on the transport network and examines ways in which this impact could be managed sustainably. It was used to respond to queries raised by the inspector at the examination of the area action plan.

The study concerns itself with examining ways in which services and facilities can be accessed from the proposed development at Cambridge East.

A master plan for the site has yet to be produced, so the study looks only at links from Cambridge East to key destinations and not at the transport layout within the site itself.

It is expected that measures for transport within the site will be taken forward as proposals for the site are developed.

The study does not look at transport issues in the wider area. These are covered by other transport plans and strategies, including the Local Transport Plan, and are being considered through other emerging strategies including the Long Term Transport Strategy.

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