New growth needs new infrastructure, and the next Local Plan (see glossary) needs to show how planned housing and jobs will be accompanied by the services and facilities to support them sustainably.
Growth creates challenges and opportunities for transport. We need to reduce the number of cars on the road, and support more sustainable transport, if we are to achieve the net zero carbon (see glossary) challenge. There are already significant new transport improvements being brought forward by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (see glossary) and the Greater Cambridge Partnership (see glossary), alongside nationally-led schemes like East West Rail (see glossary). We will need to consider the opportunities these provide as we are preparing the next Local Plan.
Infrastructure to support new jobs and homes includes schools, health facilities, utilities networks like water and power, and telecommunications such as broadband. While the Councils are not directly responsible for these, for development to be sustainable we need to help to ensure they are available to meet the needs that result. Not providing enough infrastructure could result in increased congestion, add pressure to schools and health facilities, or even prevent new jobs and homes being created.
Infrastructure timing is important. Our early workshops have told us that having infrastructure available when it is needed to serve new developments is a key community concern. We also need to consider opportunities for growth to improve existing areas, and provide access to new services and facilities for existing residents.
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