The new local plan – have your say

Hatley may not be targeted for new houses in the 2020-2041 local plan – but do the planners' dreams for south Cambridgeshire match your own?
You have until 13th December to tell them

Wall graphic of SCDC and Cambridge City local plan 2032 proposals – consultation, November 2021.

Hatley residents are ‘urged’ to let the planners at South Cambs have your thoughts on their proposals for the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan (it includes us), during a six-week consultation, which began on 1st November.

Feedback from residents, businesses and groups in the area will ‘help to shape the plan’ – it will eventually set out how Greater Cambridge will develop over the next twenty years. There’s background information at the bottom of this page.

Six week consultation period
Online and in-person events will take place until 13th December so you can discuss the plans with council officers – here is a link their diary.

The whole plan is available for comment online:

Click on the images below for larger versions.

Landscape graphic of SCDC and Cambridge City local plan 2032 proposals – consultation, November 2021.

How SCDC and Cambridge City see our future landscape.

Wall graphic of SCDC and Cambridge City local plan 2032 proposals – consultation, November 2021.

Their idealistic thought on the consultation process.

SCDC and Greater Cambridge Planning – local plan 2032 consultation / existing and proposed development sites.

The existing and proposed development sites.

SCDC and Greater Cambridge Planning – local plan 2032 consultation / proposed spatial strategy [v08-01].

Map of the proposed spatial strategy

‘Ambitious vision’
The councils have set out an ambitious vision for minimising carbon emissions alongside improving the quality of life for residents across the area, with all new homes to be carbon-neutral.

The proposals at this stage include 19 new sites for homes and business space, with the majority of extra development proposed for North East Cambridge and the Cambridge Airport site.

They also set out a range of new policies to meet the environmental challenges facing the area – including tackling carbon emissions and increasing biodiversity, while highlighting that this can only happen if further work is done to address current water supply issues.

‘Have we got it right so far?’
Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport, Cambridge City Council, said: “This stage is critical in setting the direction of travel for the new plan, so we want to hear from everyone about whether we’ve got it right so far.

“We know our area faces some big challenges in the future, but also has great opportunities to reduce our carbon emissions and increase the quality of everyday life for our communities.

“We want new development to provide affordable housing, affordable business space and better community facilities alongside reducing congestion, pollution and carbon emissions.

“We think that our proposals can achieve this – but we need your input to make them even better.”

SCDC claims…
A spokeswoman for SCDC said: “The new plan is not just about jobs and homes, but recognises the urgency of addressing climate change

“It puts forward bold proposals for new green spaces, low-carbon design standards and much more.

“It looks to a future where we have doubled the amount of land managed to nature, and where development generates as much energy as it consumes through renewable sources.

“This is a long-term plan and it will have a big effect on everyday life for people growing up and living in the area over the next twenty years.

‘We hope that everyone will share their feedback on our proposals, so we can shape a plan that works for the next generation and beyond.”

Thousands of new houses
37,198 homes are already planned for Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire between now and 2041.

This is through existing local plans for the District and City Councils which were adopted back in 2018, existing planning permissions and ‘windfall’ sites expected to come forward.

Proposals for the new plan suggest the additional future housing needs of the area through to 2041 could be delivered through the following sites:

  • 3,900 new homes at North East Cambridge, on and near the site of the current waste water treatment plant.
  • 2,950 new homes at Cambridge East (the airport site).
  • An additional 1,950 new homes at Cambourne, though without specific land identified at this stage.
  • Bringing forward development at Waterbeach new town and Northstowe at a faster rate, so these become thriving communities more quickly;.
  • An additional 1,000 new homes at Eddington, on the land already allocated for development.
  • Six additional village sites, totalling 384 homes.
  • One additional site in central Cambridge, for 20 homes. 

Water needs first
North East Cambridge, Cambridge East and potentially Cambourne are new long-term proposals which would see continuing development after 2041, in order to realise their full potential.

These new development sites are being suggested by the councils due to the continuing strength of the Greater Cambridge economy as one of the most important research and innovation employment hubs in the UK.

Planners say that making plans for fewer homes, when the number of jobs locally is expected to continue increasing, could mean more long-distance commuting and housing becoming more costly – however, the plan strategy is dependent on improvements to the water supply (such as new reservoirs) being achieved without environmental harm and in time to support new development.

If the water industry and central government do not take action, the number of new homes proposed may need to be reduced.

Local plan – background information
The plan runs from 2020 to 2042; when approved, it will take over the current 2011 to 2031 plan. One hopes it takes the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Arc into account.

The local plan consultation is run by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, the shared service for Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils.

It is one of a number of important consultations on the future of the area, happening this autumn. Consultations are also taking place over the next two months on transport proposals around the area, run by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, as well as the Combined Authority’s Local Transport and Connectivity Plan.

Aligning with the key themes of the local plan, these proposals seek to reduce day-to-day car trips by providing better public transport, walking and cycling routes, and digital connectivity – all with the aim of getting Greater Cambridge to net zero carbon by 2050.

The local plan is ‘informed by ground-breaking carbon modelling’ that has brought together the carbon impacts from transport, construction and everyday use for the first time, and this has allowed the Councils to select sites that minimise future climate impacts.

The consultation runs from 1 November until 5.00 pm on Monday 13 December 2021. Visit for more details, including online and in-person events.

Post created 1st November 2021.