Local Development Framework (LDF)

Local Plan Review

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.  A full suite of documents relevant to the preparation of the emerging Local Plan is available to download from the Document Library.


Publication of comments & Additional Site Suggestions Report -  March '17

Comments on Further Draft Local Plan

All comments received during the public consultation are now available to view online via the Consultation Portal. Please visit eastcambs-consult.objective.co.uk, select Local Plan Further Draft and follow the link to Read document and view comments.  Browse the document to read what people and organisations said about each section and policy.

Additional Site Suggestions Report

During the Further Draft Local Plan consultation, a number of additional site suggestions were received. The Council will assess these additional site suggestions to determine their suitability for inclusion in the emerging Local Plan.  

You can download a report providing a summary and maps for each additional site suggestion from the following link:

The report does not replace the original submissions made by the site promoter, which are available to view via the Consultation Portal.  It is important to note that inclusion of a site in the report does not provide the site with any kind of planning status.  The report is provided for information only - we are not currently consulting on these additional site suggestions.  

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Further Draft Local Plan consultation.

Next steps...

We are currently reviewing the comments we received during the consultation.  We will publish a Key Issues Report, in due course, which will provide a summary of key issues raised about each draft policy.


Further Draft Local Plan - Jan-Feb 2017

The Further Draft Local Plan is the second stage in the preparation of a new Local Plan for East Cambridgeshire and includes draft policies and specific allocations for new development. The Council published the Further Draft Local Plan for public consultation from 12 January to 22 February 2017. This consultation has now closed.  Comments received during the Further Draft Local Plan consultation can be viewed online via the Consultation Portal

The Further Draft Local Plan and other key documents are available to download from the following links: 

A full suite of supporting documents is available to download from the Document Library.
Paper copies of the Further Draft Local Plan and supporting documents are available for inspection during normal opening hours at East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE

Background Evidence

If you would like to delve into the background evidence which supports the plan, please browse the Document Library.  This includes reports on such matters as the district's housing requirement (EB005B), Gypsy and Traveller needs (EB006), settlement hierarchy (EB007B), detailed ‘scoring’ of suggested sites (EB010), assessment of Local Green Space suggestions (EB014) and much more.

A collection of Evidence Reports has been prepared to accompany each of the Further Draft Local Plan's district-wide policies.  The Evidence Reports explain how each individual policy has evolved, what comments were raised at the previous consultation stage, and how we have considered those comments.  The Evidence Reports are available to download from the Evidence Reports page.


Previous Stages

The Preliminary Draft Local Plan was published for public consultation in February and March 2016.  The Preliminary Draft Local Plan marked the first stage in the process of producing a new Local Plan. It identified key planning issues and set out draft planning policies to shape future development.  The Preliminary Draft Local Plan and supporting documents are available to view and download from the Document Library.

Local Plan Working Group

Full Council has appointed a Local Plan Working Group 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 meeting notes, are available to download below.

Local Plan Working Group Documents
Notes of LPWG meeting 20 Sep 2016
Notes of LPWG meeting 25 July 2016
Notes of LPWG meeting  21 Jun 2016
Notes of LPWG meeting 18 May 2016
Notes of LPWG meeting 20 Apr 2016
Notes of LPWG meeting 16 Dec 2015
Notes of LPWG meeting 17 Nov 2015
LPWG Terms of Reference





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