The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is made up of eight founding members across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. In 2016, all eight organisations agreed to pursue the devolution deal made with Central Government and the first official meeting of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority took place in March 2017.  The Authority have prepared a non-statutory Strategic Spatial Framework which defines their immediate priorities for sustainable growth.

Local government is divided between Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, which is a separate unitary authority. Under the county council, there are five district councils, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and Fenland District Council.

The current Strategic Planning position in Cambridgeshire is as follows:

Peterborough City Council

The Peterborough Local Plan was adopted on 24 July 2019.

This is a statutory Local Plan which sets out the overall approach to development in Peterborough to 2036 and beyond.

Cambridgeshire County Council

In the past, strategic planning for Cambridgeshire was undertaken at a ‘higher plan‐making level’, most recently through the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Structure Plan 2003 and the Regional Spatial Strategy (the East of England Plan 2008). Both these documents have now been revoked and strategic planning is now undertaken at a local level, coordinated by a statutory ‘duty to cooperate’. This cooperation has in part been through the oversight provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Joint Strategic Planning Unit which was set up to help coordinate the development of strategy with the district planning authorities and stakeholders in the area.

Cambridge City

The Cambridge Local Plan 2018 forms part of the development plan for Cambridge. It sets out the vision, policies and proposals for the future development and land use in Cambridge to 2031. It is the main consideration in the determination of planning applications. More details can be viewed here.

South Cambridgeshire 

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was adopted in September 2018 and sets out the planning policies and land allocations to guide the future development of the district up to 2031. It includes policies on a wide range of topics such as housing, employment, services and facilities and the natural environment.

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are working together to create a joint Local Plan for the two areas – known as Greater Cambridge. In November-December 2021 there was a full public consultation on the First Proposals for the Greater Cambridge Local Plan, including a wide range of in-person and online events and activity. The Councils are now considering responses and developing a full Draft Plan and the Draft Plan Consultation is due to take place in Autumn 2023.  Further information and updates can be found here.

East Cambridgeshire 

The East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 sets out the vision, objectives spatial strategy and policies for the future development of the district. It also identifies land and allocates sites for different types of development, such as housing and employment, to deliver the planned growth for the district to 2031.

A Local Plan Review was progressed during 2016 and 2017.  However, following receipt of the Inspector’s report with recommended modifications, East Cambridgeshire District Council voted to withdraw the emerging Local Plan at its February 2019 Council meeting.

The Council is undertaking a Single Issue Review of the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015. This includes the need to re-examine the appropriate housing requirement for the plan period.

Following the recent consultations the Plan is expected to be submitted for Examination during July 2022More details can be viewed here.


In May 2019, Huntingdonshire’s Local Plan to 2036  was adopted and the Adopted Policies map was agreed for publication.

Together they replace the:


The Fenland Local Development Plan was adopted in 2014 and contains the policies and broad locations for the growth and regeneration of Fenland over the next 20 years.

Fenland District Council is preparing a new Local Plan. More details can be viewed here.  The Council undertook a further Call for Sites which ended on 8 September 2020. The Council are now evaluating the new sites and updated information and will prepare a second SHELAA report that will list all new sites. The Council have updated the Local Plan Timetable and the Draft Local Plan Consultation is programmed for June/July 2022 .

For further advice or to find out how your property fits into this framework for planning in Cambridgeshire please contact us.