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How to comment

The first conversation held in January and February 2020 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who got involved in this important initial step towards preparing the next Local Plan. 

There are questions on different topics throughout this website, that you can answer to help shape the Local Plan. You can answer as many or as few as you wish, and if you want to comment on a topic we haven't asked about, please visit Any other issues.

Comments on this website are anonymous and will be summarised in our consultation report.

Comments on the consultation can be made in a number of different ways:

  • short comments on this website. Comments through this website will be anonymous and will be published in our consultation feedback report.

  • if you want to make a longer and more detailed comment, you can do so in the following ways:

    • through the Councils’ consultation portal

    • by filling in the response form and sending it back to us by email. 

    • alternatively, you can post the form back to either:

      • Cambridge City Council, Planning Policy Team, Planning Services, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge. CB1 0JH.                       

      • South Cambridgeshire District Council, Planning Policy Team, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge. CB23 6EA. 

Responses through our consultation portal, including names, will be available to view on the Councils’ websites.  Full representations including addresses will also be available to view on request. Our privacy notice for planning policy consultations and notifications sets out how your personal data will be used and by whom. You can view both South Cambridgeshire District Council’s privacy statement and Cambridge City Council’s  privacy statement.

Hard copies of the First Conversation consultation document are available for inspection at the Councils’ offices and at selected public libraries. A response form can also be obtained at the above locations.

Tell us about employment and housing site options

The Councils have previously carried out a ‘Call for Sites’ in Spring 2019, providing the opportunity for landowners, developers and communities to let us know about potential sites or broad locations for development that they wish the Council to consider as it progresses with this local plan.

If you wish to put any further sites to us through this Issues and Options Consultation, please complete our response form. There is no need to resubmit sites you have already provided to the Councils as part of the Call for Sites 2019.

Tell us about green space and wildlife habitats opportunities

We will also be commissioning evidence identifying opportunities for large scale new green space in Greater Cambridge given the importance this has as part of our overall strategy for the plan.

To support this work, you can submit sites for open space, wildlife habitats or other green space uses to us through this Issues and Options Consultation. Please use our online form.

Sustainability Appraisal

A key role of the planning system is to contribute to sustainable development (see glossary). Each stage of plan making will be accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal. The aim of this process is to test the options and policies being considered by identifying potential positive and negative social, economic and environmental impacts, and highlighting opportunities to improve the plan.

At this stage we are consulting on a Scoping Report, which sets out our approach to the appraisal of the plan, and an initial Sustainability Appraisal of the Issues and Options identified in this consultation. Comments on these documents are welcomed. Please make comments through the Councils’ consultation portal.

Please also see the non-technical summaries below:

Habitat Regulations Assessment

Habitat Regulations Assessment will determine whether the Local Plan site allocations and policies may affect the protected features of wildlife habitat sites that have international designations. A Habitat Regulations Assessment Scoping Report has been prepared which identifies the habitats that may be affected by the plan, and how potential impacts will be considered as the plan is developed. Comments on this would be welcomed. Please make comments through the Councils’ consultation portal.

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