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The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service is the planning authority for Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council. As one of the largest planning services in the East of England operating in one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, we determine around 7000 planning and related applications per year with some 150 staff. We are developing the emerging Greater Cambridge Local Plan as well as the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan, as well as supporting work on 14 Neighbourhood Plans 

Greater Cambridge is known for the high quality of design and planning that is achieved in the area - with many award-winning schemes such as Marmalade Lane co-housing and Eddington, and ambitious new town projects including Northstowe 

The vision for Cambridge has long recognised its qualities as a compact, dynamic city, located within the landscapes of the Fens, chalk hills and the river valleys. The city has an iconic historic core alongside acclaimed 20th and 21st century architecture and  accessible and biodiverse open spaces. South Cambridgeshire includes over 100 villages with distinctive and different qualities, including significant local centres as well as small hamlets. 

The Cambridge City Council area is entirely surrounded by South Cambridgeshire and the two Councils have a long track record of joint working – with a number of major development sites straddling the district boundary. In addition to the Planning Service, Cambridge City Council and SCDC have a partnership for Waste Services and along with Huntingdonshire District Council, the three Councils share ICT, Legal and Building Control services. 

Greater Cambridge Statement of Community Involvement

Planning shapes the places where we live, work and play. For this reason everyone should have the opportunity to get involved in the planning process.

Find out more about our Statement of Community Involvement.


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