East Cambridgeshire is a largely rural district which covers an area of almost 65,500 hectares and has a population of approximately 74,600. The population and services are centred on the 3 market towns of Ely, Soham and Littleport.
The district has an outstanding built and natural heritage, including the internationally recognised Ely Cathedral, The National Stud, The July Racecourse, Wicken Fen and Anglesey Abbey. Close to Cambridge, the district enjoys excellent connections to the regional road and rail networks, as well as London Stansted Airport. It is an attractive location in which to live and work, combining the best of town, village and rural life.
Unemployment in the district is low (1.1%) and the quality of life is good, with 84% of residents expressing satisfaction with the district as a place to live.
This is an exciting time for the district. Strategic policies recognise much of the district as suitable for substantial employment led growth and the Council has already been successful in attracting high tech companies to locate in the area and in securing European funding for economic regeneration and community initiatives.
East Cambridgeshire is among the fastest growing districts in the country. Housing growth in the settlements of Ely, Littleport and Soham for the period 2000 - 2021 has been set at 8,600 new dwellings.