Joint Local Plans for Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire 2019

Since the planning departments from Cambridge City and South Cambs merged, now called Greater Cambridge Shared Planning, there is an obligation to produce a single Local Plan for the area. The ink is barely dry from the adoption of the joint local plan late in 2018, but the next round has already begun. The next Local Plan will run from Autumn 2019 with the examination in summer 2022.

A public consultation is proposed on the Issues and Options for the new joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan in the autumn 2019. The Greater Cambridge Local Development Scheme gives more information and timeline for the next steps you can download here Local Development Scheme

Historic Local Plan Information

Local Plans are produced by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council and set out where development should take place over the period of their plan, as well as the policies that the Council's will use to assess applications for planning permission. The Local Plans are the most important documents for determining development in our area. They must comply with the government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Local Plans usually cover a 10-15 year period and are reviewed and revised, a process which allows local people to have their say.

Since 2013 we have invested a significant amount of time through the help of our volunteers engaging with the two councils during the Local Plan Examinations in Public. We have put forward our case in front of the government Planning Inspector at most of the hearings, including challenging developers on their speculative proposals, release of green belt land and the need for growth to be in the right places.

Before the hearings began, we signed a Statement of Common Ground with both Councils to show solidarity in resisting the pressures of the developers for much higher growth targets. Our presence at the hearings was often one of the only voices arguing on behalf of the local community for a more sustainable level of growth.

After 6 years the Inspector concluded the Examination and in September 2018 determined that both Local Plans are 'sound'. However, it is believed that work on a new single joint Local Plan will begin in 2019 and the process will start all over again! 

For the latest information on the state of both draft Local Plans, please visit each Council's website: Cambridge City Local Plan and South Cambridgeshire Local Plan

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Non-Statutory Spatial Plan (NSSP)

In 2017 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough voted for a new Mayor and the creation of a new Combined Authority. This new level of local government has strategic responsibility for transport and economic growth and is in the processes of developing a new spatial plan for the area. This will have an impact on the Cambridge area and influence future Local Plans.

A first stage report was published in 2017 (click here) and work is taking place on the second stage. We are monitoring this closely and responding.