Planning Policy

East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 

The adopted East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 sets out the vision, objectives spatial strategy and policies for the future development of the district. It also identifies land and allocates sites for different types of development, such as housing and employment, to deliver the planned growth for the district to 2031.  To download the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015, Policies Map and supporting evidence, visit the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 page. 

Emerging Single Issue Local Plan Review 

The Council is undertaking Single Issue Review of its Local Plan which it adopted in April 2015. To find out more, please visit the Local Plan Review page. 

Supplementary Planning Documents 

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are developed to support the Local Plan.  They provide guidance on a range of planning issues, such as Design, Developer Contributions, etc.  In addition the Council adopted a number of Conservation Area Appraisals as SPDs. These documents are used to inform development proposals and decision-making.  To find out more, visit the Supplementary Planning Documents page. 


The Council monitors the performance of its planning policies to ensure they are effective.  To download monitoring documents including the Annual Monitoring Report, Housing Land Supply Statement and Local Development Scheme, visit the Monitoring and Local Development Scheme page. 

Statement of Community Involvement 

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how the Council will involve communities, individuals, infrastructure and service providers, and other key stakeholders in plan-making and planning decisions.  To download the SCI, visit the Statement of Community Involvement page. 

Brownfield Land Register 

The Council has prepared a register of brownfield sites considered suitable for housing development. To view and download the register, please visit the Brownfield Land Register page. 

Document Library 

The Document Library provides studies and evidence documents which contain useful information for applicants and decision-makers. 

Neighbourhood Planning 

Neighbourhood Planning is a new option for communities to decide the future of the places where they live.  The Council will actively support communities interested in neighbourhood planning.  

There are currently three 'made' Neighbourhood Plan in East Cambridgeshire, the Fordham Neighbourhood Plan, the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan, and the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan. In addition, there are several parishes currently drafting Neighbourhood Plans. To find out more, visit the Neighbourhood Planning page. 

Contact Us 

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the Strategic Planning team: 

Tel: 01353 665555 


Or write to: Strategic Planning, East Cambs District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EE

If you would like to be kept up to date with the preparation of the Local Plan you can register your contact details with us.  Please note that the information you provide will be used specifically for Local Plan consultation processes and will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act.