What is the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan?
The East Cambridgeshire Local Plan is part of the Development Plan for the District, setting out the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and planning policies 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.
The preparation of the Local Plan was informed by evidence and went through several stages of public consultation. The Local Plan was adopted by the Council on 21 April 2015.
How is the Local Plan used?
The Local Plan is used by lots of people for different reasons, such as the Council’s Development Management case officers to determine planning applications. It is also used by applicants, making planning applications in the district. Members of the public and other parties can use the plan to look up site allocations and policies in the district of interest to them.
The Local Plan and its evidence base also help inform the preparation of parish based Neighbourhood Plans.
Updating the Local Plan
To be effective plans need to be kept up-to-date. The National Planning Policy Framework states policies in local plans should be reviewed to assess whether they need updating at least once every 5 years,
The Local Plan 2015 was last reviewed in April 2020, its second such review. At that point, the Council determined that its Local Plan 2015 required revision, but only partially and only in respect of its strategic housing policy, GROWTH1, and some of its supporting text. The rest of the Local Plan was considered to not, at the present time, need updating, therefore a full update of the Local Plan was not considered necessary.
The April 2020 review of the Local Plan 2015 can be found below. For more information on the consequential updating of Policy GROWTH1, please see our Local Plan Review page.
Read the Local Plan
A copy of the Local Plan is available to read at the East Cambridgeshire District Council offices in Ely. Alternatively you can download the Local Plan, Policies Map and other key documents using the links below.