The Local Plan for Greater Cambridge, which will guide policies and site allocations for development in the area over the next 30 years, has been gathering pace following the ‘call for sites’ process in March 2019. The next round of consultation will be the ‘Issues and Options’ consultation which will run between 13 January 2020 and 24 February 2020 and we have all you need to know about this next stage.

This consultation will examine high-level themes over the direction of development in the district over the ‘Plan’ period. This will include broad areas for development within the City and District Council areas but will not examine potential site allocations or specific development management policies.

The sites promoted to the Councils in March 2019 are currently being assessed with a view to examining their development potential and their suitability for a site allocation. It is not yet known when this assessment document will be published but it is likely to be in Spring 2020.

Following the Issues and Options consultation, the draft Local Plan will be published in due course and there will be the opportunity to comment on the policies and plans contained in that document.

This document and the accompanying plans will be informed by the Issues and Options consultation and will contain draft policies for a range of development management matters as well as outlining draft allocations for housing and commercial development in the City and District Council areas. This consultation is scheduled to take place in Autumn 2020.

The Councils have confirmed they are willing to consider additional sites for an assessment of suitability for development and a site allocation. This should be done during the issues and options consultation. Cheffins’ planning team would be pleased to speak to any landowners or interested parties who would like to promote their land in the next round of consultation.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Cheffins Planning team