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DRAFT Rural Settlement List 2018/19 CONSULTATION 

11th September 2017 - 11th December 2017


Under s42A of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, East Cambridgeshire District Council (‘the Council’) must compile and maintain a ‘rural settlement list’. Once in place, the list must be reviewed, updated if necessary and republished each year.

The Council is proposing to introduce such a list, commencing with the financial year 2018/19.

In order to introduce such a list for the first time, s42B of the above Act confirms that the Council must, for a period of three months before the start of the chargeable financial year, make available for inspection a draft of the list.

That draft list is available below.

Qualifying settlements

For an area or settlement to qualify to be inserted on the list, the Act confirms that:

  • The settlement is wholly or partly within the Council’s area, and
  • Appears (for the financial year 2018/19) to the Council to have a population of not more than 3,000 on 31st December 2017

A rural settlement list must identify the boundaries of each settlement (whether by defining the boundaries or referring to boundaries defined in a map or other document).

If the Council wishes to amend the list in future years, it must consult for three months prior to the start of the applicable financial year before doing so.

A copy of this draft list, and the subsequent final list for 2018/19 will appear on this webpage.

Proposed List

The main data source for determining areas to fall on the list is the Cambridgeshire Population and Dwelling Stock Estimates, 2015 (published July 2017):

What benefit arises for those locations on the list?

The purpose of preparing the list is in relation to Business Rate Relief. In short, you could (if you apply) get Rural Rate Relief if your business is in a settlement as listed. Such rural rate relief means that you won’t pay business rates if your business is in an eligible settlement and either:

  • the only village shop or post office, with a rateable value of up to £8,500
  • the only public house or petrol station, with a rateable value of up to £12,500


Consultation arrangements

If you have any comments on the attached list (for example, a settlement should be removed or added), please let the Council know by 5pm on Monday 11th December 2017, by emailing Sally Bonnett on or by writing to Sally Bonnett at:

East Cambridgeshire District Council,

The Grange,

Nutholt Lane




Anybody is invited to comment, and we have contacted all parish council clerks to highlight that the consultation has commenced.

Please provide as much evidence as possible to explain why you think a change is needed.

Post consultation, a final list will be prepared and published for the financial year 2018/19.