Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Inspector continues examination of Local Plans

The green belt, transport and supply of land for housing are the next three topics to be reviewed as an independent government inspector continues to assess plans for developing Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire up to 2031.

The next block of examination hearings for Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Local Plans began on 10 February with green belt the first issue to be debated.

Independent inspector, Miss Laura Graham, began the process of holding hearings to review the plans to provide around 44,000 new jobs and 33,000 homes at the beginning of November with hearings expected to continue over the coming months.

During the first three week block of sessions in November she assessed the vision set out for the plans, housing need, employment, retail and infrastructure for both areas jointly.

Following the current block of joint hearings the inspector is expected to then look at the rest of Cambridge City Council’s Plan, including site specific issues, before moving on to do the same for South Cambridgeshire, including looking at the proposals for new towns and villages.

The Local Plans of Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council will be assessed by the inspector separately, but due to the interdependence of the two, some of the hearing sessions will be held jointly.

For Cambridge, the Local Plan makes provision for 22,100 jobs and 14,000 new homes, with the overall approach of focusing development in and around the built up area of the city. This includes the continued development of the area around the station and sites on the edge of Cambridge.

South Cambridgeshire’s Local Plan proposes 22,000 new jobs and 19,000 much-needed new homes including a new town north of Waterbeach, a new village at Bourn Airfield and a major extension to Cambourne. The plan also includes 900 homes in six of the district’s larger villages which have the best services and public transport links.

Around 14,000 out of the 19,000 homes needed in South Cambridgeshire by 2031 have already been committed to in locations mainly on the edge of Cambridge and at the new town of Northstowe.

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