Local Plan Review

Withdrawal of emerging Local Plan

On 21 February 2019, East Cambridgeshire District Council formally withdrew the emerging Local Plan. Full details of the decision to withdraw the plan are set out in the Council meeting report 21.02.19 (item 14).

The Council has issued a statement providing formal notification of the plan's withdrawal:

The withdrawn Local Plan and related documents have been removed from the public domain, as per the legislative requirements.


The preparation of a new East Cambridgeshire Local Plan made good progress over 2016 and 2017. In October 2017, Full Council approved the Plan for its final round of consultation and subsequent submission to the Secretary of State for the purpose of independent examination. That consultation duly took place, and the Plan was formally ‘submitted’ on 16 February 2018. An Inspector was appointed to examine the plan, namely Inspector Louise Nurser BA (Hons) Dip UP MRTPI. 

The Council submitted the Local Plan to the Secretary of State in February 2018.  In June and September 2018, public hearing sessions were held as part of the examination of the Local Plan. 

The Inspector concluded that the plan is capable of being found sound, subject to modifications. 

A Council may withdraw a plan at any time, for any reason, prior to adoption. Following receipt of the Inspector's modifications, East Cambridgeshire District Council voted to withdraw the emerging Local Plan at its February 2019 Council meeting.For the avoidance of doubt, the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 will remain the adopted Local Plan for the district.