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Monitoring delivery in Greater Cambridge

Authority Monitoring Report

Monitoring is essential to establish what has been happening in Greater Cambridge, what is happening now, what may happen in the future, and what needs to be done to achieve policies and targets.

Councils produce an Authority Monitoring Report every year, which reports on the previous monitoring year from 1 April to 31 March. It contains information about the performance of planning policies set out in the adopted Local Plan and Area Action Plans, and also provides a general portrait of social, economic and environmental conditions in the city.

The Authority Monitoring Report also assesses the council’s progress in producing its Local Plan and Area Action Plans against the timetable set out in the the Local Development Scheme. The annual publication of an Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) is a statutory requirement for all Local Authorities. The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service produces a joint report for Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils.

We have now published the Authority Monitoring Report for 2019-20. Older reports can be found in our Reports Archive.

Greater Cambridge Authority Monitoring Report and appendices 2019-2020 [PDF]

Housing trajectory

A housing trajectory is used by Councils to calculate their five-year housing land supply and also to demonstrate that anticipated housing delivery will meet or exceed their housing requirement. 

We review the Greater Cambridge housing trajectory and five-year housing land supply calculations annually and it is published in early April. The housing trajectory is prepared jointly for Greater Cambridge, consistent with the approach set out in the adopted Local Plans 2018. 

The Greater Cambridge housing trajectory (April 2021) concludes that we jointly have 6.1 years of housing land supply for the 2021-2026 five-year period. This conclusion is based on our five-year housing land supply being calculated jointly, using the Liverpool methodology, and applying a 5buffer. 

Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five Year Housing Land Supply (1 April 2021) [PFD, 3MB]

As we can demonstrate a five-year housing land supply for Greater Cambridge, the planning policies in the adopted Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans 2018 will be given full weight in decisions on planning applications, unless there are other material considerations to take into account. This will be relevant for any planning applications that are being considered from 1 April 2021. 

The commentary included in the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five-Year Housing Land Supply (1 April 2021) document refers to information published in the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and 5-Year Housing Land Supply (1 April 2020) [PDF, 6.5MB] and Errata [PDF, 10Kb] and the Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory and Five-Year Housing Land Supply (November 2019): 

Main Document [PDF, 8MB] (November 2019) and Errata [PDF, 0.1MB]

Annex (November 2019): 

Housing Delivery Test

The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) is an annual assessment of actual housing delivery over the previous three years against the housing requirement for the district for that same period. It was introduced in 2018, and is conducted by the Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) using information supplied to them by local authorities. National planning policy and guidance sets out the consequences of different results of the Housing Delivery Test.

The latest set of HDT results were published in January 2021. The result for Cambridge is 176%. The result for South Cambridgeshire is 114%.

There are therefore no consequences for how we determine planning applications, resulting from the HDT results published in January 2021 for Cambridge or South Cambridgeshire.

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