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The big themes

The new Local Plan must provide a positive vision for the future of Greater Cambridge and ensure sustainable development. This means meeting the needs of the present population without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

To meet our present and future needs, we must ensure that the places and communities in our area are socially and environmentally sustainable for future generations. We have grouped the key issues into 7 themes.


Overarching themes

  • Climate change - how the plan should contribute to achieving net zero carbon, and the mitigation and adaptation measures that should be required through developments.

  • Biodiversity and green spaces - how the plan can contribute to our ‘doubling nature’ vision, the improvement of existing and creation of new green spaces.

  • Wellbeing and social inclusion – how the plan can help spread the benefits of growth, helping to create healthy and inclusive communities.

  • Great places – how the plan can protect what is already great about the area, and design new developments to create special places and spaces.


Development themes

  • Jobs – how many jobs, and what kind of jobs, will be created – and what kind of space is needed for those businesses.

  • Homes – how many affordable and market sale homes are needed, and what kind of homes they should be.

  • Infrastructure – what transport, utilities, services and facilities are needed.

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