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Land north of Cherry Hinton SPD

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council as the Local Planning Authorities produced the Land North of Cherry Hinton SPD [PDF, 8.5MB] in partnership with local stakeholders. Land north of Cherry Hinton (subsequently referred to as “the site”) is allocated for development in the Cambridge East Area Action Plan, and is also allocated for residential development in policy 13 and policy SS/3 in the adopted Local Plans for both councils.

Following the adoption of both the Cambridge Local Plan in October 2018 and the South Cambridgeshire District Council Local Plan in September 2018, the Land North of Cherry Hinton SPD was adopted by South Cambridgeshire in November 2018 and by the city council in December 2018. 


The development brief  will guide the development of the site.  The document includes the following key sections:

  • Introduction
  • Planning Policy Context
  • The Site and Surrounding Area
  • Vision and Key Principles
  • Framework Principles and Masterplan

The draft development framework was approved at Cambridge’s Development Plan Scrutiny Sub-Committee on 27 July and South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder’s meeting on 26 July, before going out to consultation.

Consultation ran for eight weeks between 7 August and 2 October 2017.

The final draft version of the Land north of Cherry Hinton SPD was agreed at Development Plan Scrutiny Sub-Committee on Tuesday 13 February 2018 in anticipation of the adoption of the Local Plan, and it was agreed that it should be carried forward for adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document at the same time as the Local Plan. The document (with tracked changes to highlight the proposed changes approved by DPSSC on 13 February 2018) has been split in five sections due to the size of the document:


The draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) takes the proposed allocation from the emerging Local Plans, and sets out a vision and framework to guide the development.

This draft SPD is intended to expand upon the allocations as well as the policies contained within the emerging Local Plans.  It provides a framework to help guide the preparation and assessment of future planning applications within the area.  As such, this document will be adopted as a SPD and will form a material consideration which will be taken into account by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council when determining any future planning application(s) for the area.  Any proposals will have to comply with the policies in the emerging Local Plans.


The site is located between Airport Way and Cambridge Airport, north of Coldham’s Lane.  The Site comprises 47ha in area.  The largest part of the Site is currently in agricultural use with the western-most areas comprising part of the Airport land.  It is proposed to be allocated within the emerging Local Plans for residential development with a primary school secondary school, a local centre with community hub, open space and a spine road connecting Coldham’s Lane with Cherry Hinton Road.


In developing the draft development framework  the Councils worked with  landowners and local interest groups, and  held a series of workshops to discuss the options for development here.  These workshops informed the development of the development framework. A North of Cherry Hinton SPD Workshop Event Record  [PDF, 3MB]for these workshops was also produced.

Consultation on the draft SPD was held for eight weeks between 7 August and 2 October 2017.  This allowed the opportunity for the wider public to engage with the proposals in the document. The Consultation has now closed.

Two public exhibitions were held at the following locations:

  • 17 August, 2 to 8pm at St Andrew's Church, Cherry Hinton CB1 3JS
  • 14 September, 2 to 8pm at Hope Community Church, 55 High Street, Teversham CB1 9AS

Consultation documents

You can view responses to the consultation on the draft SPD by visiting our online consultation system.

Sustainability Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessment and Equalities Impact Assessment

A Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) is an assessment to ensure that a plan will not have an adverse effect on the integrity of either Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) or Special Protection Areas (SPA).  For the draft Land North of Cherry Hinton SPD (low resolution) [PDF, 10.5MB], a Habitats Regulation Assessment Screening Report [PDF, 0.3MB]was produced, which updates the findings of the Screening Report carried out for the emerging Local Plans.  This document, concluded that the draft Land north of Cherry Hinton SPD is unlikely to have any significant impacts on the conservation objectives of Natura 2000 and Ramsar sites identified.

A Sustainability Appraisal Screening Report [PDF, 0.2MB] was also completed for the draft Land north of Cherry Hinton SPD.  This document confirmed that the allocation of Land north of Cherry Hinton as a residential-led development took place as part of the process of developing the emerging Cambridge Local Plan 2014: Proposed Submission [PDF, 10.5MB] and the emerging South Cambridgeshire Local Plan (as amended by the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Modifications Consultation Report) and as such has been subject to a Sustainability Appraisal as part of the Local Plan process.  The conclusion of this screening process is that the draft Land north of Cherry Hinton SPD did not make any changes to this allocation and will not give rise to significant environmental effects.

The draft Land north of Cherry Hinton SPD did not give rise to significant social and economic effects beyond those already identified as part of the appraisal of the parent policies and site allocation contained within the Cambridge Local Plan 2014 and the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan.  As such, it was not considered necessary to undertake a separate Sustainability Appraisal for this SPD.

In addition, an Equalities Impact Assessment (EQIA) [PDF, 78Kb] to support the draft Development Framework SPD was produced. The assessment concludes that the draft Development Framework would not have any adverse effects on the needs of disabled people, older people and other local community members and minority groups.

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