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.

Further Draft Local Plan and draft Policies Map (November 2016)

At a meeting of Full Council, (to be held on 16 November 2016) the Council will determine whether to approve, for the purpose of public consultation, the Further Draft version of the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan.  The Further Draft Local Plan, officer’s report and supporting documents will be made available to download from the Full Council meetings page.http://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/meetings/full-council-16112016

A draft Policies Map, with an inset map for each settlement, has been prepared to illustrate geographically the draft policies contained within the Further Draft Local Plan.  View and download the draft Policies Maps.

Evidence base update: Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (October 2016)

To inform the preparation of the new Local Plan, the Council commissioned an assessment of current and future need for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople accommodation.  The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) has been prepared jointly with partner authorities across Cambridgeshire (exc. Fenland), West Suffolk, Peterborough and King's Lynn & West Norfolk.  The GTAA is available to download below:

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. Suggested 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:

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