Current plans and guidance
Adopted Local Plans
Greater Cambridge comprises the Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council areas. It therefore currently has 2 adopted Local Plans which set out the planning polices and land allocations to guide future development in the area for the period to 2031. All planning decisions in the area are required to made in accordance with the land-use polices included in these adopted plans unless material considerations indicate otherwise. For full details of the adopted Local Plans, including Policy Maps, please use the links below:
- Cambridge Local Plan (adopted October 2018)
- South Cambridgeshire Local Plan (adopted September 2018)
Adopted Area Action Plans (AAPs)
Greater Cambridge currently has a number of adopted Area Action Plan documents setting out detailed planning policies for specific sites or areas.
- Northstowe Area Action Plan (adopted July 2007)
- Cambridge East Area Action Plan (adopted February 2008)
- Cambridge Southern Fringe Area Action Plan (adopted February 2008)
- North West Cambridge Area Action Plan (adopted October 2009)
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)
Supplementary Planning Documents expand upon policy or provide further detail on specific policy issues. Greater Cambridge currently has a number of adopted SPDs which support the adopted Local Plans covering the area.
- Cambridgeshire Flood and Water SPD (adopted November 2018)
- Cambridge East: North of Cherry Hinton SPD (adopted December 2018)
- Waterbeach SPD (adopted February 2019)
- Bourn Airfield New Village SPD (adopted October 2019)
- Sustainable Design and Construction SPD (adopted January 2020)
- Grafton Area Masterplan and Guidance SPD (adopted December 2018)
- Mill Road Depot Development Framework SPD (adopted December 2018)
- Mitcham’s Corner Development Framework SPD (adopted December 2018)
- New Museums Site Development Framework SPD (adopted December 2018)
- Ridgeons Site Development Framework SPD (adopted December 2018)
- Caldecote Village Design Guide SPD (adopted January 2020)
- Fulbourn Village Design Guide SPD (adopted January 2020)
- Gamlingay Village Design Guide SPD (adopted January 2020)
- Over Village Design Guide SPD (adopted January 2020)
- Papworth Everard Village Design Guide SPD (adopted January 2020)
- Sawston Village Design Guide SPD (adopted January 2020)
- Swavesey Village Design Guide SPD (adopted January 2020)
Details of other Supplementary Planning Documents and Planning Guidance, including Neighbourhood Plans within Greater Cambridge are available via the Cambridge City Council website and the South Cambridgeshire District Council website.
- Greater Cambridge Authority Monitoring Report
- Greater Cambridge Authority Monitoring Report- appendix 1
- Greater Cambridge Authority Monitoring Report- appendix 2
What is an Authority Monitoring Report?
Monitoring is essential to establish what has been happening in Greater Cambridge, what is happening now, what may happen in the future, and what needs to be done to achieve policies and targets.
Councils produce an Authority Monitoring Report every year, which reports on the previous monitoring year from 1 April to 31 March. It contains information about the performance of planning policies set out in the adopted Local Plan and Area Action Plans, and also provides a general portrait of social, economic and environmental conditions in the city. The Authority Monitoring Report also assesses the council’s progress in producing its Local Plan and Area Action Plans against the timetable set out in the Local Development Scheme. The annual publication of an Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) is a statutory requirement for all Local Authorities.
About the 2018 to 2019 Authority Monitoring Report
The 2018-2019 Authority Monitoring Report is the first to cover the whole of Greater Cambridge. Individual Authority Monitoring Reports (formerly Annual Monitoring Report, AMRs) have been produced for South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City in the past. Both Councils’ Local Plans were adopted halfway through the 2018/19 monitoring year, which means that some of the indicators, especially those which relate to the application of new policies in the plans, have only been implemented for half of the monitoring year.
The Greater Cambridge AMR covers the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.
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