Planning Policy

Local Plan Review

The Strategic Planning team is currently preparing a new Local Plan for East Cambridgeshire and has published the Further Draft Local Plan for public consultation (12 January to 22 February 2017).

To read and comment on the Further Draft Local Plan, visit the Local Plan Review page.


East Cambridgeshire's Development Plan

The Development Plan sets out the Council’s policies and proposals for the development and use of land in their area.  This can include identifying where, how much and when new housing, employment and infrastructure will be delivered. 

The Development Plan is the starting point for decision making.  Planning law requires development proposals to be determined in accordance with the Development Plan for the area (unless material considerations indicate otherwise).  Planning applications that accord with the Development Plan should be approved.

The Local Plan is the principal document within the Development Plan.  Once made, Neighbourhood Plans prepared by Parish Councils and community groups in the parish will also become a part of East Cambridgeshire’s Development Plan. 

East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015

The adopted East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 sets out the vision, objectives spatial strategy and policies for the future development of the district. It also identifies land and allocates sites for different types of development, such as housing and employment, to deliver the planned growth for the district to 2031.  To download the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015, Policies Map and supporting evidence, visit the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 page.

Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are developed to support the Local Plan.  They provide guidance on a range of planning issues, such as Design, Developer Contributions, etc.  In addition the Council adopted a number of Conservation Area Appraisals as SPDs. These documents are used to inform development proposals and decision making.  To find out more, visit the Supplementary Planning Documents page.


The Council monitors the performance of its planning policies to ensure they are effective.  To download monitoring documents including the Annual Monitoring Report, Housing Land Supply Statement and Local Development Scheme, visit the Monitoring and Local Development Scheme page.

Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how the Council will involve communities, individuals, infrastructure and service providers, and other key stakeholders in plan-making and planning decisions.  To download the SCI, visit the Statement of Community Involvement page.


Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning is a new option for communities to decide the future of the places where they live.  The Council will actively support communities interested in neighbourhood planning.  To find out more, visit the Neighbourhood Planning page.


Contact us

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the Strategic Planning team:

Tel: 01353 665555


Or write to: Strategic Planning, East Cambs District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EE.

If you would like to be kept up to date with the preparation of the Local Plan you can register your contact details with us.  Please note that the information you provide will be used specifically for Local Plan consultation processes and will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act.