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Emerging Greater Cambridge Local Plan overview

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are working together to prepare a joint Local Plan for the Greater Cambridge area. Both the Councils’ current adopted Local Plans (2018) include a policy which makes a commitment to an early review of those Plans to commence before the end of 2019.

One of the first stages of the new joint Local Plan is an Issues and Options consultation. This is due to begin on Monday 13 January 2020.

A report published on the 23 September gives details of the Issues and Options consultation. This includes the themes the Local Plan will explore. Councillors will debate the report in September and October and will be asked to agree to consult local people.

We will publish more information about the consultation on our website when it opens on the 13 January to help people have their say.

There will be further phases of public consultation which will end in a submission of a proposed Plan to the Secretary of State for independent examination by the end of summer 2022.

Our video introduction to the Greater Cambridge Local Plan provides a short explanation of the local plan process. It introduces some of the key opportunities, issues and challenges, and looks into what happens next. It was published in July 2019 following a series of workshops. This is the first in a planned series of videos that will help us open up the debate about the local plan and encourage public involvement.

How to get involved

The development of the joint Local Plan must be informed by a wide range of research to create a strong evidence base, alongside input and feedback from residents, businesses, local stakeholder groups and other national and regional bodies. The Councils are committed to a genuine process of local involvement that reaches our diverse communities and demystifies the plan-making process.

There will be many opportunities for everyone interested in the Greater Cambridge Area to get involved – online and in person. We will regularly update our website with further information, sharing the process of developing the joint Local Plan across our platforms, and inviting you to comment. Please do check this webpage regularly for updates.

Subscribe to email updates

You or your organisation can subscribe to receive email notifications about public consultations or planning policy documents.

Log in to the consultation database and choose the areas of interest that you would like to receive emails about. When you log in, you will find them listed under ‘My details’.

What is a Local Plan?

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in February 2019 and continues to include a strong expectation that Local Authorities will prepare plans which positively seek opportunities to meet the development needs of their area, and that are sufficiently flexible to adapt to rapid change.

Strategic policies should set out an overall strategy for the pattern, scale and quality of development, and make sufficient provision for a number of key land uses. These are housing (including affordable housing), employment, retail, leisure and other commercial development, infrastructure for transport and other key utilities, community facilities, and the conservation and enhancement of the natural, built and historic environment.

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