Local Plan Review

Single Issue Local Plan Review

The Council is undertaking a Single Issue Review of the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015. The need to review the Local Plan was triggered by a number of factors including:

  • the need to re-examine the appropriate housing requirement for the plan period;
  • to ensure the Local Plan remains up to date.
The review is known as a ‘Single Issue Review’ because it focusses on one aspect of the Local Plan only. For the avoidance of doubt, the vast majority of the Local Plan 2015 will not be amended.

Proposed Submission (Regulation 19 Consultation) between 3 May and 13 June 2022

The Council has previously carried out two consultations on a very limited partial update of its 2015 East Cambridgeshire Local Plan.

The Single Issue Review - Proposed Submission Document is now available to download below. The document has been updated taking account of the comments received during the previous consultations. This stage of the process tests whether the Single Issue Review has been prepared in a legally compliant and sound way.
This consultation stage is different to earlier consultation stages. Please use the form below to make your comments as this will help you and us. If you are not familiar with the form and this stage of the consultation process, before making any comments please read the guidance notes available below which explain how to make comments and how any comments will be dealt with. As this is a statutory consultation you must submit your comments on or before the deadline, which is 11.59pm on 13 June 2022. Late comments are unlikely to be considered.

Also available for download below are supporting documents such as the Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, Duty to Cooperate Statement, Stage 1 consultation Reports, HRA report,  Equality Impact Assessment - Initial Screening, Consultation Statement:

Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Scoping Report 

The Scoping Report was prepared as the first stage of the SA of the Council’s single issue review of its 2015 Local Plan. Scoping is the process of deciding the scope and level of detail of a SA. This includes the environmental effects and alternatives which need to be considered, the assessment methods to be used, and the structure and contents of the SA report. The Scoping Report can be downloaded from the link below.

Next Stages

Once the consultation period ends, all representations (comments) receiving during the 3 May to 13 June 2022 consultation period will be submitted by the Council to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, who will subsequently appoint an Inspector to hold an 'Examination' into the soundness of the Plan. If you do make comments, they will be considered by the Inspector (not by the Council) and you may be asked by the Inspector whether you wish to also appear at a Public Examination. You will not be obliged to attend. You can also request to appear at the Public Examination on the comments form, but the final decision will be made by the Inspector.
Further information can be obtained from:

Strategic Planning Team, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EE

Telephone: 01353 665555

Email: planningpolicy@eastcambs.gov.uk