Preliminary Draft Local Plan - Key Issues, Suggested Sites and Suggested Local Green Spaces
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, highlighting key issues raised in respect of policy options, and listing all sites and potential Local Green Spaces suggested through the ‘Call for Sites’ exercise. The Key Issues Report, Call for Sites Report (with supporting Addendum Report) and Suggested Local Green Space Report are available to download below.
Please note, a report showing proposed changes to Development Envelopes will be made available in June/July 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Consultation on Preliminary Draft Local Plan 12 Feb to 24 March 2016
- The Preliminary Draft Local Plan was considered by Full Council at ;
- Local Plan Working Group Meeting 16.12.2015;
- Local Plan Working Group meeting 17.11.2015;
- Full Council decides to commence preparation of a new Local Plan for East Cambridgeshire at Council meeting 16.07.2015.