Have your say on Local Plan modifications

Independently-appointed Planning Inspectors have reviewed the 2 Local Plans submitted by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, held hearings and visited websites. They have now requested for a session to be carried out on some proposed modifications.

The draft plans make provisions for 44,000 new jobs and 33,500 new houses by 2031. The Inspectors take into account the proposed modifications could also be essential to make the 2 Local Plans ‘sound’. Their ultimate conclusions might be given of their studies sooner or later.

Between now and 5pm on Friday 16 February, residents, companies, builders and parishes are being invited to remark on proposed modifications to the plans.

The key modifications embody:

  • A technique to calculate whether or not there’s sufficient appropriate land available within the subsequent 5 years to satisfy the variety of houses that should be constructed
  • Changing insurance policies so reasonably priced housing is sought on websites of greater than ten houses. The Government hopes this may encourage extra small developments
  • Changes to website boundaries and insurance policies on the proposed new city north of Waterbeach and new village at Bourn Airfield
  • Allocation of extra employment land on the Addenbrooke’s Campus
  • A brand new coverage to say we’ll start to overview the Local Plans in 2019 with a view to getting ready a joint Local Plan for each Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. This was a dedication the 2 councils had already made as a part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership settlement with Government

 Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, stated: “We are very keen for our communities to tell us what they think about these proposed modifications to our emerging Local Plan. We’ve been working with them for several years to shape the Plan into the document it is at this point. It’s important to remember that the consultation is only asking for views on specific modifications, and the Inspectors are not re-opening any debate they’ve already heard during their examination.”

Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Cambridge City Council’s Executive Member for Planning Policy and Transport, stated: “The Local Plan process has been complex and lengthy but we have now reached an important milestone in the process. Reaching this point means that we are closer to enabling the development that will help to provide much needed new housing and jobs. People have a chance to give their views on the proposed modifications to our emerging Local Plans and I would urge everyone with opinions on these modifications to take this opportunity to have their say.”

To view the complete record of modifications and participate within the public session, go to www.scambs.gov.uk/mainmods or https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/local-plan-review-consultations

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