Strategic Planning in East Cambridgeshire
The Strategic Planning team prepares and maintains the Development Plan for the district. The team will shortly commence preparation of a new Local Plan for East Cambs.
At a meeting of 16 July 2015, the Council agreed to prepare 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.
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.
The Council is consulting on a draft Community-Led Development SPD from 03 November 2015 to 22 December 2015.
The draft SPD sets out the Council’s planning approach to community-led development proposals. It is aimed at local communities, Parish Councils and landowners, and seeks to provide people with a better understanding of how planning applications for community-led development proposals will be assessed by the Council.
To read the document and have your say visit the Strategic Planning Current Consultations 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.