Local Development Framework (LDF)

Local Plan Review

Emerging Local Plan 2016 to 2036

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.

The new Local Plan will replace the current adopted Local Plan and will include policies and proposals to 2036.

 


 

Preliminary Draft Local Plan - Key Issues, Suggested Local Green Spaces, Suggested Changes to Development Envelopes and Suggested Sites

Consultation on the Preliminary Draft version of the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan took place between 12 February and 24 March 2016.  Thank you to all those who responded.
 
The Strategic Planning team has published a series of reports, providing summaries of key issues raised in respect of policy options; proposals for Local Green Space designation; proposed changes to Development Envelopes and details of sites suggested through the ‘Call for Sites’ exercise.
 
The Key Issues Report, Suggested Local Green Space Report, Suggested Changes to Development Envelope Report, Call for Sites Report (with supporting Addendum Report) are available to download below.  

 

Key Issues Report

The Preliminary Draft Local Plan included a number of draft planning policies, addressing a range of strategic and local issues.  During the consultation, we received comments on these policy options from residents, parish councils, landowners, developers, local organisations, service providers and other interested parties.

The Key Issues Report provides a summary of the main issues and themes arising from the comments we received.  The report can be downloaded using the links below.

To see a full list of comments received, please visit the consultation portal.

 

Suggested Local Green Spaces Report

Through local and neighbourhood plans, local communities, can identify green areas of particular importance to them for special protection.  During the Preliminary Draft Local Plan consultation, we invited residents, parish councils and other stakeholders to suggest sites for  designation as Local Green Spaces.  The Local Green Space Report, available to download below, provides maps and information about all sites suggested to us for consideration.  

The criteria which a green area must satisfy in order to designated as a Local Green Space are explained in the Suggested Local Green Space Report.  We will assess all Suggested Local Green Spaces received; those sites considered suitable for designation will be included in the Further Draft Local Plan which is expected to be published for consultation later this year.

 

Suggested Changes to Development Envelopes Report

Development Envelopes define the areas in which development will normally be acceptable.  Development Envelopes protect the countryside, and also provide local people and developers with greater certainty about where new development may take place.  
 
During the Preliminary Draft Local Plan consultation, we invited suggestions for changes to Development Envelopes.  The Suggested Changes to Development Envelopes report sets out the proposals we received, and is available to download below.  
 
Sugested Development Envelope changes will be assessed, and our preferred changes will be presented in the Further Draft Local Plan later this year.

 

Call for Sites Report with Addendum

As part of the Preliminary Draft Local Plan consultation, the Council held a 'Call for Sites' exercise. Local landowners, agents developers, parish councils and residents were invited to suggest sites to be considered for inclusion in the emerging Local Plan.

The sites we received are presented in the Call for Sites Report which is available to download below. Most wards / parishes have at least one suggested site.  An Addendum Report is also available to download and is intended to be read alongside the Call for Sites Report.  This report includes a small number of suggested sites which were omitted from the Call for Sites Report in error.  These additional suggested sites are located in the parishes of Ely, Fordham and Soham.

Important: The sites set out in the Call for Sites report (and addendum report) are sites suggested to the Council by external parties. They are in no way endorsed or otherwise appraised by the Council, and have no special status in planning terms.

The reports are published for reference only and is not a consultation exercise. The Strategic Planning team will assess all suggested sites. Many of the suggested sites will not make it into the Local Plan.

You will be invited to comment on the sites later this year as part of the consultation on the Further Draft Local Plan.

You can download the Call for Sites Report and Addendum Report using the links below. Please note, the Call for Sites report is a large file and will take some time to download. A complete version of the report is provided for broadband users. To assist those accessing via lower speeds, the Call for Sites Report has also been split into three sections.

 


 

Consultation on the Preliminary Draft Local Plan

The Council published a Preliminary Draft Local Plan for public consultation from Friday 12 February 2016 to 11.59pm Thursday 24 March 2016.  That consultation has now closed.

The Preliminary Draft Local Plan marked the first stage in the process of producing a new Local Plan.  It identifies key planning issues and sets out draft planning policies to shape future development.  We invited people and organisations to read the Local Plan and tell us:

  • Which places should grow
  • Which sites should be developed for jobs and housing
  • Which green spaces should be protected
  • How community-led development can be supported
  • What new development should be like

You can download the Preliminary Draft Local Plan and supporting documents using the links below, or view in your browser window via the consultation portal.  Supporting documents include:

  • a report providing an update of East Cambridgeshire's Objectively Assessed Housing Need:
  • a proposed methodology for assessing sites received through the 'Call for Sites' exercise;
  • an assessment which categorises towns and villages in the district into a 'Settlement Hierarchy';
  • a Sustainability Appraisal report of the Preliminary Draft Local Plan.

 


 

Local Plan Working Group

Full Council has appointed a Local Plan Working Group, comprising 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 Terms of Reference for the Local Plan Working Group, and notes of Working Group meetings, are available to download below.

 


 

Parish Conferences

As part of preparing the Local Plan, the Council intends to hold a series of ‘Parish Conferences’, to which all parish councils will be invited. The purpose of these conferences is to keep parish councils fully informed on the progress of the Local Plan, raise awareness of the issues arising, and overall assist in maximising the ability for parish councils to get involved in shaping the new Local Plan.

Previous events:

A Parish Conference was held on 18 February 2016.  A report of the event is available to download below.

 


 

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (Final Version)

This document, in draft form, was presented for consultation for five weeks from 18 September 2015 to 23 October 2015.  The responses we received were carefully considered and revisions to the draft document were made, and are available on request.

The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report sets out the next steps in the Sustainability Appraisal process of the Local Plan and is available to download below.

 


 

Key information

At a meeting (07 January 2016), Full Council agreed to publish the Preliminary Draft Local Plan for public consultation.  To view papers and minutes of the Council meeting, including a working draft version of the Preliminary Draft Local Plan, visit the Council meeting 07.01.2016 page.

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the timetable for preparing the Local Plan, and is available to download from the Monitoring & Local Development Scheme page.

Important dates:

Planning Policy

Strategic Planning in East Cambridgeshire

The Strategic Planning team prepares and maintains the Development Plan for the district.  The team has recently commenced preparation of a  new Local Plan for East Cambridgeshire.  These pages provide:

  • Updates about the progress of the emerging Local Plan and other planning documents, including current consultations, tender opportunities and other important news; and
  • Details of the current adopted Development Plan, including the Local Plan 2015, Policies Map and supplementary planning documents;
  • A summary of neighbourhood planning in East Cambridgeshire; and
  • Links to other supporting documents, such as the Annual Monitoring Report, Statement of Community Involvement and Evidence Base.

Local Plan Review

The Strategic Planning team is currently preparing a new Local Plan for East Cambridgeshire.  This new Local Plan will replace the current adopted Local Plan and will include policies and proposals to 2036.  To find out more visit the Local Plan Review page.

Annual Monitoring Report 2014-15

The Annual Monitoring Report 2014-15 is now available to download from the Monitoring and Local Development Scheme page.  This Annual Monitoring Report covers the period 01 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 and includes a range of statistical information to monitor the implementation of planning policies, including the number of new homes and employment floorspace delivered in the district.

 


 

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 is currently consulting on the draft Community-Led Development SPD.  To read the document and have your say visit the Strategic Planning Current Consultations page.

 

Monitoring

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

Email: planningpolicy@eastcambs.gov.uk.

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.
 

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Wicken and Upware Village Visions

How do you want Wicken and Upware to change or improve in the future? We are keen to work with the local community and the Parish Council to identify your needs, and produce a Vision for each village.

Initial consultation with the local community took place between 1st and 29th August 2011. Copies of questionnaires were distributed to each household by the Parish Council, and Drop-in event was held at the Village Hall (attended by over 50 people). The questionnaire can be viewed below, along with the consultation results.

The District and the Parish Council will use the consultation results will help to inform draft Village Visions for Wicken and Upware.

Wilburton Village Vision

How do you want Wilburton to change or improve in the future? We are keen to work with the local community and the Parish Council to identify your needs, and produce a Vision for the village.

Initial consultation with the local community took place between 27th June and 29th July 2011. The questionnaire can be viewed below, along with the consultation results.

The District and the Parish Council will use the consultation results will help to inform a draft Village Vision for Wilburton.

Witcham Village Vision

How do you want Witcham to change or improve in the future?  We are keen to work with the local community and the Parish Council to identify your needs, and produce a Vision for the village.

Consultation was carried out with the local community in June/July 2011 and Nov/Dec 2011, asking how the village should grow and change over the next 20 years or so. he consultation results, questionnaire and other documents can be viewed via the links below.

The District and the Parish Council will use the consultation results will help to inform a draft Village Vision for Witcham.

Issues consultation

Initial consultation with the local community took place between 27th June and 18th July 2011. The questionnaire can be viewed below, along with the consultation results.

Witchford Village Vision

How do you want Witchford to change or improve in the future? We are keen to work with the local community and the Parish Council to identify your needs, and produce a Vision for the village.

Initial consultation with the local community took place between 27th June and 18th July 2011. Copies of questionnaires were distributed to each household by the Parish Council. The questionnaire can be viewed below, along with the consultation results.

The District and the Parish Council will use the consultation results will help to inform a draft Village Vision for Witchford.