South Cambridgeshire DC votes to adopt local plan

Councillors at South Cambridgeshire District Council have voted in favour of a local plan proposing 19,500 new homes by 2031.

The cabinet vote to adopt the plan, which also includes proposals for development to provide 22,000 jobs, comes after government inspectors found the plan sound earlier this month.

Earlier this month, deputy council leader Aidan Van de Weyer criticised the Planning Inspectorate for taking four and a half years to examine the plan.

Speaking this week, following the vote to adopt the plan, Van de Weyer, who is also lead cabinet member for strategic planning and transport at the council, said: "I am pleased we now have a final, sound and agreed plan that provides us and our communities certainty over how the area will be developed over the next decade or so.

"I am disappointed it took the planning inspectors so long to review the plan and get to this stage, but we must now look forward and work with existing communities, especially those living nearest to where new homes will be built, to make sure they are at the heart of developing plans."

The plan was submitted along with an equivalent document by Cambridge City Council in March 2014.
Earlier in September, inspectors Laura Graham and Alan Wood said the plans would be sound if they adopted a number of main modifications.

South Cambridgeshire’s plan contains proposals for a number of large sites, including a new town of up to 9,000 homes north of Waterbeach and a new village at Bourn Airfield of around 3,500 homes, plans for which were submitted earlier this month.

It also allows for an expansion of Cambourne containing up to 2,300 homes.

The plan also allows for the extension of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Peterhouse Technology Park on Fulbourn Road.

A full council meeting of the council is to be held on Thursday 18 October, when a final decision on the plan is due to be made.

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