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Cambridge Local Plan Examination – Consideration of Further Work and Consequential Proposed Modifications

Appendices A – J attached separately.


Matter for Decision


To consider modifications undertaken on the City Council and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans following initial conclusions received from the Inspectors examining the plans in a letter dated 20 May 2015.


Decision of Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport


  i.  Agreed that the consultation document with proposed modifications (Appendix A) and sustainability appraisal (Appendix B), subject to any changes recommended by the Development Plan Scrutiny Sub-Committee, be submitted for consideration by Full Council on 30 November 2015 and approved for public consultation between 2 December 2015 and 25 January 2016;

  ii.  Agreed that any amendments and editing changes that need to be made to the consultation material with proposed modifications (Appendix A) and sustainability appraisal (Appendix B) be agreed by the Executive Councillor in consultation with the Chair and Spokesperson;

  iii.  Agreed that the documents attached to the committee reports as Appendices C to J were noted and submitted as part of the evidence base for the Local Plan;

  iv.  Agreed that delegated authority be given to the Director of Environment to make any subsequent minor amendments and editing changes, in consultation with the Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport.


Reason for the Decision

As set out in the Officer’s report.


Any Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Not applicable.



Scrutiny Considerations

The Committee received a report from the Planning Policy Manager.


The report referred to further work undertaken on the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans following the letter dated 20 May 2015 received from the Inspectors examining the plans. The Officer report and attached documentation detailed the Councils’ response to the issues raised by the Inspectors and proposed modifications to the Local Plans arising from the additional work.


The modifications proposed in the Officer’s report would be submitted for consideration by Full Council on 30 November 2015 and, subject to the agreement of Full Council, would subsequently be made available for public consultation between December 2015 and January 2016.


Comments from the Sub-Committee


  i.  Going forward, major development in Cherry Hinton could have a substantial negative impact on the transport system unless a suitable traffic management plan was in place.

  ii.  Traffic entry and exit points to any new development in Cherry Hinton must be off the spine road only.

  iii.  Requested a commitment from Officers that the spine road in Cherry Hinton would be addressed.

  iv.  Needed to be recognition of the existing traffic congestion problems in Cherry Hinton such as Coldham’s Lane.

  v.  Residents of Cherry Hinton should be involved in the consultation process as the proposed development of the ward was so large.

  vi.  Queried if the 14,000 referenced in the report include student accommodation.


Officers stated the following


  i.  The issue of traffic impact in Cherry Hinton would be addressed as part of the consultation, including proposed modification to the policy (comprising investigation to the spine road).

  ii.  Agreed that there should be no adverse effect on traffic management in Cherry Hinton created by the proposed development.

  iii.  The 14,000 dwellings referenced in the report were market and affordable houses only.


The Committee resolved unanimously to endorse the recommendations.


The Executive Councillor approved the recommendations.


Conflicts of Interest Declared by the Executive Councillor (and any Dispensations Granted).


No conflicts of Interest were declared by the Executive Councillor.  

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