The Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan for East Cambridgeshire. This is an important document as it will determine what East Cambridgeshire will look like in the future and how it will become an even better place to live, work and visit. A full suite of documents relevant to the preparation of the emerging Local Plan is available to download from the Document Library.
Proposed Submission Local Plan approved for consultation - Oct 2017
At 5 October’s meeting, Full Council approved the Proposed Submission (‘Publication Draft’) Local Plan and Policies Map for a final consultation and submission to the Secretary of State for independent examination - subject to withdrawal of a site allocation in the village of Witchford (WFD.M1, Land North of Witchford). Full details of the Council's decision will be available in due course, please see Calendar of Council Meetings.
The Council also updated its Local Development Scheme which sets out the timetable for preparing the Local Plan. The Local Development Scheme 2017 is available to download from the Monitoring page.
Public consultation on the Proposed Submission Local Plan is likely to take place in November and December 2017. Further details will be provided shortly.
Five Year Housing Land Supply Report
The Council has updated its Five Year Housing Land Supply Report, which is available to download from the Monitoring page. This current version of the report (dated 9 October 2017) demonstrates that the Council has a supply of available and deliverable sites for housing development which exceeds the five year requirement.
Further Draft Local Plan Key Issues Report - June 2017
We have published a Key Issues Report which provides a summary of key issues, concerns and other important matters raised during the consultation on the Further Draft Local Plan (Jan-Feb 2017). Please note, the report is intended as a summary and does not include every detailed comment made. All comments received will be considered fully as we prepare the next stage of the Local Plan.
You can read and download the Key Issues report by clicking the following link:
Full comments received during the public consultation are available to view online via the Consultation Portal.
Publication of comments & Additional Site Suggestions Report - March '17
Comments on Further Draft Local Plan
All comments received during the public consultation are now available to view online via the Consultation Portal. Please visit eastcambs-consult.objective.co.uk, select Local Plan Further Draft and follow the link to Read document and view comments. Browse the document to read what people and organisations said about each section and policy.
Additional Site Suggestions Report
During the Further Draft Local Plan consultation, a number of additional site suggestions were received. The Council will assess these additional site suggestions to determine their suitability for inclusion in the emerging Local Plan.
You can download a report providing a summary and maps for each additional site suggestion from the following link:
The report does not replace the original submissions made by the site promoter, which are available to view via the Consultation Portal. It is important to note that inclusion of a site in the report does not provide the site with any kind of planning status. The report is provided for information only - we are not currently consulting on these additional site suggestions.
Thank you to everyone who responded to the Further Draft Local Plan consultation.
Further Draft Local Plan - Jan-Feb 2017
The Further Draft Local Plan is the second stage in the preparation of a new Local Plan for East Cambridgeshire and includes draft policies and specific allocations for new development. The Council published the Further Draft Local Plan for public consultation from 12 January to 22 February 2017. This consultation has now closed. Comments received during the Further Draft Local Plan consultation can be viewed online via the Consultation Portal.
The Further Draft Local Plan and other key documents are available to download from the following links:
If you would like to delve into the background evidence which supports the plan, please browse the Document Library. This includes reports on such matters as the district's housing requirement (EB005B), Gypsy and Traveller needs (EB006), settlement hierarchy (EB007B), detailed ‘scoring’ of suggested sites (EB010), assessment of Local Green Space suggestions (EB014) and much more.
A collection of Evidence Reports has been prepared to accompany each of the Further Draft Local Plan's district-wide policies. The Evidence Reports explain how each individual policy has evolved, what comments were raised at the previous consultation stage, and how we have considered those comments. The Evidence Reports are available to download from the Evidence Reports page.
Local Plan Working Group
Full Council has appointed a Local Plan Working Group of eight elected Members to assist in the development of the Local Plan. The purpose of the Working Group is to aid greater understanding of issues and support the preparation of policies.
Meetings of the Local Plan Working Group are held when required, reflecting the work programme of the emerging Local Plan. The Local Plan Working Group's Terms of Reference are available to download below.