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Cambridge city plan for thousands of new homes and jobs given final approval

News release from 19/10/2018

THE PLAN which will enable the creation of thousands of new homes and jobs in Cambridge by 2031 has been given the final go-ahead.

The Local Plan for Cambridge was formally adopted at yesterday’s full meeting of Cambridge City Council.  This follows its approval by independently appointed government planning inspectors who had reviewed both the Local Plans submitted by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The council will now use the Local Plan to guide development in the city in the coming years, with 14,000 additional homes and 22,000 additional jobs set to be created by 2031.

Among the areas designated in the plan for potential future development are:

  • The Cambridge Northern Fringe East area around Cambridge North station for employment-led development
  • 1,200 new homes on land north of Cherry Hinton, 780 of which will be in the city
  • Continued provision of homes in existing growth sites on the edge of Cambridge (Southern Fringe around Trumpington; Cambridge East including land north of Newmarket Road; Darwin Green off Huntingdon Road; and Eddington)
  • 430 homes at Worts’ Causeway
  • An extension to the Peterhouse Technology Park on Fulbourn Road
  • ‘Opportunity areas’ including to the west of the central railway station area and Clifton Road; the Hills Road corridor; Mitcham’s Corner; and the Old Press/Mill Lane site.

The council submitted the Local Plan in March 2014 for independent examination and government inspectors took over four years to assess it. The examination of the Local Plan for Cambridge was carried out simultaneously with the Local Plan for South Cambridgeshire.

Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport, said: “Adoption marks the end of the current Local Plan process. Preparation of the plan has involved a huge amount of work over a long time, and I would like to thank all the local organisations and people who have helped us shape it.

“The Local Plan is an important document that will help guide development in Cambridge in the coming years as we seek to create new communities, enhance existing ones and ensure we retain everything that makes Cambridge such a special place to live, work or visit.

“It includes specific policies to ensure affordable housing will continue to be built, as well as continuing with long-standing policies which look to ensure the protection and provision of open spaces and community facilities. The plan also now includes new policies relating to space standards and accessible homes, as well as the protection of public houses, and revised policies on providing suitable accommodation in the city for students and visitors.”

Along with South Cambridgeshire District Council, the council has committed to an early review of the Local Plans as part of the City Deal agreement. This was also a recommendation of the Planning Inspector. The review will commence in 2019 with submission for examination in 2022.

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