Last year, a number of key statistics confirmed East Cambridgeshire was continuing to grow despite a tough economic outlook.
At a meeting of the Development and Transport Sub-committee, members heard the results of the Annual Monitoring Report which is sent to the Secretary of State at the end of each year. Some of the highlights include:
* A 44 per cent increase in the total number of homes completed compared to the 2009/10 monitoring period – a total of 368 dwellings completed
* A total of 4,808m² of employment space was developed whilst 2,671m² was lost, representing a net gain of 2,137m²
* Median gross weekly pay for workers in the district increased to £462.80
* Retail vacancy in fell in the three main towns in the district to 3.3 per cent in Ely, 3.7 per cent in Littleport and 3.0 per cent in Soham
Councillor Peter Moakes, Chairman of Development and Transport sub committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: "Recently East Cambridgeshire was rated as the fourth best place in the country to live and by looking at the facts and figures which we recently submitted to the Government you can see why. We are building more homes than last year, there is more business space being created and the salaries are going up. Our high streets are also doing well with the vacancy rates in our major towns also falling.
"However we cannot afford to be complacent. There is still a lot we can do as a district to help foster growth, encourage new employment opportunities and develop our town centres. The work we have all put into our Masterplans and Village Visions has allowed us to develop a district which is meeting the challenges of growth and putting our residents and businesses in an ideal for place to prosper."