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.
On 18 December 2015, East Cambridgeshire District Council (the Council) received an application to designate the whole of Bottisham parish as a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of neighbourhood planning. The application was made by Bottisham Parish Council, the ‘relevant body’ for neighbourhood planning in the parish.
On 11 January 2016, the Council published the Bottisham Neighbourhood Area application. You are invited to make comments on the application. Please note, all responses must be received on or before Monday 08 February 2016.
To view the Bottisham Neighbourhood Area application and have your say, visit the Neighbourhood Planning page.
The Council 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. At a meeting (07 January 2016), Full Council agreed to publish the Preliminary Draft Local Plan for public consultation in February to March 2016. To find out more, visit the Local Plan Review page.
The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the timetable for preparing the Local Plan. To download the LDS, visit the Monitoring & Local Development Scheme page.
East Cambridgeshire District Council is letting a contract to prepare a Water Cycle Study Update and a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment. The overall objective for the contract is to ensure East Cambridgeshire has an integrated water cycle study and a strategic flood risk assessment which meet the needs of the Local Plan, and which identifies the constraints and opportunities to the strategic delivery of growth in the context of the water environment and water infrastructure.
The Council has published a Request for Quotation on the government's Contract Finder website, which explains the scope of the contract and provides details on how to submit a tender proposal.
Tender proposals must be received by the Council in advance of the deadline of 01 March 2016 at 12 noon.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.