Draft Local Plan
In common with all local authorities, South Cambridgeshire District Council is currently preparing a 'Local Plan' that will guide the way that future development takes place over the next 20 years. The plan is a long and complex document which looks at many features of local life including housing, transport and the local economy. South Cambridgeshire consulted the public over the Plan in summer 2012. As part of that consultation, GEAG posted comments in response to more than fifty of the questions that were asked. You can read the plan and the comments here
The draft plan was all but completed and was simply awaiting final authorisation and adoption, but a serious problem arose. A planning inspector decided that the Council did not have the five-year supply of housing development sites legally required of it so many current planning policies were suspended until a further 1500 plots were identified and approved. As a result there appears to have been a rush of speculative planning applications throughout the District which, even if they are turned down by the Council, may well be approved on appeal. This includes the West Road site in Gamlingay.
Our understanding is that, when the Plan is finally approved, the Lupin Field will be protected as a Local Green Space, while the Green End Estate Development is the only new major development that will be considered in the village. This is good news, which we welcome, but until the plan is approved we are vulnerable to speculative applications, such as that at West Road.