Cambridgeshire Local Plan Watch - Spring 2022
Greater Cambridge remains a high focus for growth not least from the Research and Development sector, which is seeing record interest and investment at a time when supply is limited. Where there is economic growth, there is a need for housing growth.
Greater Cambridge Joint Local Plan continues through its plan-making process. The next formal consultation round (Reg 18) is earmarked for Summer 2022, but there are signs this may slip into 2023. Adoption of the Plan will be no earlier than 2025. The leading discussions relate to what economic growth scenario the Plan should respond to. The market is showing all the signs that the high growth scenario is already here and needs to be planned for. The other debate is climate change and what different planning approach needs to be placed into the Plan to achieve different developments and decisions to those we have seen to push towards a net-zero carbon place.
The Combined Authority and Greater Cambridge Partnership continue to press ahead with their programme of sustainable transport infrastructure. Some projects are now delivered, but there are many in consultation and committed for delivery. Where public money is spent to improve connectivity is a good place to look for development opportunities to support such public investment.
Five Year Land Supply
The Housing Delivery Test latest figures do not give any immediate opportunities as they are reported at Cambridge 133%, East Cambridgeshire 95%, Fenland 95%, Huntingdonshire 152%, Peterborough 145% and South Cambridgeshire 145%.
Greater Cambridge Five Year Housing Land Supply (5YHLS) has been challenged through planning applications; it shows a position that is closer to five years, but stays above the line, with their trajectory set to increase as their strategic sites deliver new homes. East Cambridgeshire claim a 7 year supply, Peterborough 5.4 years and Fenland 6.69 years.
For detail on emerging Local Plan position in Cambridgeshire please click on the map below.