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What are the choices?

Infographic showing the types of areas where we could build in Greater Cambridgeshire

There are many different locations that we could choose to focus growth:

There is more detail in this section about these different locations, and their advantages and disadvantages. They cover a broad range of location choices, and the chosen strategy for the Local Plan (see glossary) could involve growth in all or most of them, to some extent.

Choices in the proportions of growth in different locations will be influenced by the prioritisation of the big themes in this consultation, such as:

  • Responding to climate change – our net zero carbon (see glossary) target suggests that we should site development in places which can reduce the need to travel by private car.

  • Increasing biodiversity and green spaces – this could be through large scale new development that could come with accompanying large-scale green space, or contributions from smaller sites that can be pooled towards providing green space elsewhere.

  • Promoting wellbeing and social inclusion locating new development where it can bring wider benefits to existing communities in terms of access to services, facilities and green space. Development could also enable access to a range of job opportunities for both existing and new communities.

  • Creating great places siting development where it provides opportunities to protect, enhance and improve places and deliver high quality design.

  • Jobs – The success of the high technology jobs cluster in and around Cambridge is based in part upon businesses in key sectors being allowed to locate where there is good access to each other and to Cambridge so that businesses can work together. Equally, allowing some job growth in villages can help sustain local services and sustain vibrant communities.

  • Homes the distance and journey time between homes and jobs, and encouraging residents to use sustainable transport to get to work. We will need to consider whether different locations affect viability for delivering affordable homes.

  • Infrastructure – access to existing and planned public transport, walking and cycling, would enable people to get to live their lives in a way that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

The Councils are required to consider the implications of the choices open to us and how they impact sustainability for the area. The considers each of these options in further detail.