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06/04/2021 - ***ROD: Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply ref: 5183    Recommendations Approved

a. the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply document (see Appendix 1) to be published on the Councils’ shared planning service website. The Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five year housing land supply calculations have been prepared jointly with Cambridge City Council, consistent with the adopted Local Plans.
b. to delegate any further minor editing changes to the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply document to the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development where they are technical matters.

Decision Maker: Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 06/04/2021

Decision:

Matter for Decision:

1.  To agree the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five-Year Housing Land Supply document (see Appendix 1) to be published on the Councils’ shared planning service website. The Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five-year housing land supply calculations have been prepared jointly with South Cambridgeshire District Council, consistent with the adopted Local Plans.

2.  To delegate any further minor editing changes to the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five-Year Housing Land Supply document to the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development where they are technical matters.

Why the decision had to be made (and any alternative options):

In January 2019, the Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces agreed that the Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five-year supply calculations would be agreed by the Executive Member for Planning Policy and Open Spaces at Cambridge City Council via a decision outside of a meeting (together with the Cabinet Member for Planning at South Cambridgeshire Council).

The Executive Councillor’s decision(s):

That the Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces agreed:

 

  1. the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five-Year Housing Land Supply document (see Appendix 1) to be published on the Councils’ shared planning service website. The Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five year housing land supply calculations have been prepared jointly with Cambridge City Council, consistent with the adopted Local Plans.
  2. to delegate any further minor editing changes to the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five-Year Housing Land Supply document to the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development where they are technical matters.

Reasons for the decision:

The Greater Cambridge housing trajectory is used by the Councils to calculate their five-year housing land supply and to demonstrate that anticipated housing delivery will meet or exceed the housing requirements set out in their Local Plans.

 

National planning policy and guidance requires that a local planning authority should identify and update annually at least a five year supply of specific deliverable housing sites. A new housing trajectory is required to establish the Greater Cambridge five-year housing land supply for the purposes of making planning decisions. In addition, South Cambridgeshire District Council has a planning appeal for development at Mill Lane, Sawston where the appellants are challenging the Councils’ five year housing land supply. The assumptions made by the Councils’ on the deliverability of sites will be challenged through this appeal and therefore by publishing the updated Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five-year supply calculations, the Councils will be able to use the most up-to-date information for this appeal.

Scrutiny consideration:

The Chair and Spokesperson of Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee were consulted prior to the action being authorised.

Report:

The Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five-Year Housing Land Supply can be viewed at link below:

Document Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five-Year Housing Land Supply - Cambridge Council

 

Conflicts of interest:

None known.

Comments:

No adverse comments were made.

 

Lead officer: Jenny Nuttycombe


25/02/2021 - Changes to the Current Planning System Consultation Response ref: 5184    Recommendations Approved

To approve the response to the National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code.

Decision Maker: Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces

Decision published: 06/04/2021

Effective from: 25/02/2021

Decision:

CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL

Record of Executive Decision

 

CHANGES TO THE CURRENT PLANNING SYSTEM CONSULTATION RESPONSE

 

Decision of:

Councillor Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces

Reference:

21/URGENCY/P&T/07

Date of decision:   

25 March 2021

Published:

06 April 2021.

Decision Type:

Non Key

Matter for Decision:

Greater Cambridge response to National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code: consultation proposals

 

1.  Background

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched an eight-week consultation on proposals to establish a new Office for Place, which would require all local planning authorities to create their own design codes in consultation with local stakeholders. These design codes would have to be adhered in the planning submission process by all developers, and would entail some alterations to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

 

Link to document: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-planning-policy-framework-and-national-model-design-code-consultation-proposals 

 

Deadline: 27th March

 

2. Context

The consultation follows directly from the 2021 consultations on the Planning White Paper. Last autumn, the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service (GCSP) responded to the Planning White Paper: Planning For The Future, Changes To The Current Planning System and Land Data consultations last Autumn. A copy of this joint response can be seen here: https://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/documents/s51405/Planning%20future%20and%20Current%20Changes%20Response%20Report.pdf

 

The rationale, proposals and specific questions for this consultation, as well as the draft text updates to the NPPF and the annexed draft National Model Design Code can be downloaded from here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-planning-policy-framework-and-national-model-design-code-consultation-proposals/national-planning-policy-framework-and-national-model-design-code-consultation-proposals

 

In this consultation, the government is acting to implement some of the main recommendations from the Building Better, Building Beautiful Report.

 

3. Proposed Response from Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council

 

Overall, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service Officers consulted agree with the government that the planning system could be improved and should have more emphasis on design. This view echoes Greater Cambridge’s response to the Planning White Paper last year where proposals that simplify processes and take advantage of more digital approaches to provide more certainty, design quality, and an emphasis on sustainability were welcomed.

 

However, there are significant concerns that some of the proposed changes may undermine its stated objectives of achieving good design. This concern is centred on proposed changes to Article 4 directions and the resources to deliver the design codes in a coherent manner.

 

The full response proposed is included as Appendix which can be viewed at the link below:

 

https://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ecCatDisplay.aspx?sch=doc&cat=13474

 

Why the decision had to be made (and any alternative options):

The consultation raises important issues that the council wishes to respond to.

The Executive Councillor’s decision():

Approved the proposed response the National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code: consultation proposals, as set out in the document appended to this decision which can be viewed at the link below:

 

https://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ecCatDisplay.aspx?sch=doc&cat=13474

 

 

Reasons for the decision:

Outlined in the report why the decision had been made.

Scrutiny consideration:

 

Report:

https://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ecCatDisplay.aspx?sch=doc&cat=13474

 

Conflicts of interest:

None known.

Comments:

No adverse comments were made.

 

 

Lead officer: Claire Tunnicliffe