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Jobs - what are we already doing?

The 2018 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) provided an important baseline of evidence about our local economy.

The Councils have commissioned their own research into jobs growth to inform the new Local Plan, drawing on evidence highlighted by the CPIER of recent fast employment growth. The study will also explore the supply and demand for employment land of different types.

Building on the CPIER, the Government and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (see glossary) recently published the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Industrial Strategy. It aims to improve the long-term capacity for growth in Greater Cambridge (see glossary) by supporting the foundations of productivity (see glossary), increasing sustainability, broadening the base of local economic growth including in the north of Cambridgeshire, and building on the clusters and networks that have enabled Cambridge to become a global leader in innovative growth.

The Councils, together with the Greater Cambridge Partnership (see glossary) and Combined Authority, are preparing an Economic Development Action Plan to deliver the priorities set out in the Local Industrial Strategy, as well the Councils’ own more local economic ambitions.

The adopted 2018 Local Plans (see glossary) seek to support the continued success of the economy of the Greater Cambridge area. Through the allocation of sites and granting of planning permission there is a large supply (135 hectares) of employment land that continues to be developed. This includes developments in the centre of Cambridge around the station, and on the edges of Cambridge at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and West Cambridge. There is also further capacity at a range of sites outside Cambridge, including Babraham Research Campus and Granta Park. New settlements like Northstowe will also include employment space.

Through the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan (see glossary), we are exploring the potential for further development at Cambridge Science Park and around the new Cambridge North station to create an Innovation District, which will include homes, jobs, services and facilities. We consulted on options for this area in early 2019 and will be consulting on a draft plan in 2020.

Beyond the identified growth sites, our adopted 2018 Local Plans support continued employment growth in appropriate locations. They also seek to protect important existing employment spaces from competing uses, including industrial land in Cambridge, and employment sites in villages.

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