Skip To Main Content

Cambridge City Council

Subscribe to email notifications of our service updates and news releases Sign up now

Coronavirus: Updates and information

Find out about available support and how to offer help. Our customer service centre is open to help you by email and phone. Please continue to follow official NHS and government advice.

Coronavirus update from the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service

We have adapted some of our services in light of government advice with regards to social distancing. Click the link above for full information.

Planning policy monitoring reports

Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five-year housing land supply calculations

A housing trajectory is used by councils to calculate their five-year housing land supply and also to demonstrate that anticipated housing delivery will meet or exceed their housing requirement.

Together with South Cambridgeshire District Council, we have reviewed and updated the Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five year housing land supply calculations. The updated housing trajectory has been prepared jointly for Greater Cambridge, consistent with the approach set out in the adopted Local Plans 2018. Greater Cambridge consists of the local planning authorities of Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The update concludes that the councils jointly have 5.4 years of housing land supply for the 2020 to 2025 five-year period. This conclusion is based on the councils’ five-year housing land supply being calculated jointly, using the Liverpool methodology, and applying a 20% buffer, all of which are set out in the adopted Local Plans 2018.

As the councils can demonstrate a five-year housing land supply for Greater Cambridge, the planning policies in the adopted Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans 2018 will be given full weight in decisions on planning applications, unless there are other material considerations to take into account. This will be relevant for any planning applications that are being considered from 1 April 2020.

The commentary included in the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply (1 April 2020) document refers to information published in the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply (November 2019):

Housing Delivery Test

The Housing Delivery Test is an annual assessment of actual housing delivery over the previous three years against the housing requirement for the district for that same period.

It was introduced in 2018, and national planning policy and guidance sets out the consequences of different results of the test.

The latest set of Housing Delivery Test results were published in February 2020. The result for Cambridge is 280%. The result for South Cambridgeshire is 95%. 

There are no consequences from the Housing Delivery Test results published in February 2020 for Cambridge or South Cambridgeshire.

Authority Monitoring Report

It is important that we measure what has been happening in Greater Cambridge, and what is happening now. We also need to track what might happen in the future, and what we need to do to achieve our policies and targets.

We produce an authority monitoring report every year, to report on the previous monitoring year (1 April to 31 March).

The report contains information about the performance of the policies in the Local Plan and area action plans. It assesses our progress in producing the plans against the timetable in the Local Development Scheme. It also provides a general picture of social, economic and environmental conditions in the city.

The 2018/19 report is the first to cover the whole of Greater Cambridge. In previous years, we and South Cambridgeshire District Council produced separate reports.

The two councils adopted the latest local plan halfway through the monitoring year. So some of the indicators, especially those relating to new policies, have only been implemented for half of the monitoring year.

All local authorities must produce an authority monitoring report every year.

Report archive

These documents do not currently meet website accessibility guidelines. If you would like any of them in an alternative format to be able to view or read them, contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.

Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply

Housing Delivery Test

Authority Monitoring Report

Before 2018 the report was called the annual monitoring report.