Guidelines for planning and growth in Fenland for the next 20 years are officially published
23:03 20 April 2014
A document that sets out a vision for growth and regeneration in Fenland in the next 20 years has been given the go-ahead.
The final version of the much-discussed Core Strategy was published this week after being declared “sound” by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate.
It will now go to Fenland District Council Cabinet on April 24, followed by full Council on May 8 for formal consideration as the new Local Plan.
Approval of the document follows more than two years of detailed work and intense scrutiny, including several rounds of public consultation.
It will now form the main tool for planning for new development and growth in the district for the next two decades.
Fenland is the first local authority in Cambridgeshire to have its long-term development plans approved by central government since the major shake-up of the planning system initiated by the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in 2012.
Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s Cabinet member responsible for growth and planning policy, said:“A huge amount of work has gone into this over the past few years and we are pleased that our strategy has now been approved.
“It has been a long, complex process and we have taken on board the views expressed by local people in the various consultations. We’d like to thank everyone who has been involved for their contributions.
“This Local Plan will now form the benchmark against which all planning applications will now be assessed.”
The plan sets out the key principles and policies seen by the council as essential to bring new opportunities and a better quality of life for everyone in the district.
Fenland District Council Leader Councillor Alan Melton said: “This is a comprehensive plan for growth in Fenland – more homes, more investment, more jobs and greater prosperity for everyone here.
“We are looking to encourage a flexible, dynamic approach to planning and development while preserving the district’s special character and heritage.”
In her report declaring the plan “sound”, planning inspector Claire Sherratt said the strategy was justified, locally distinctive and appropriate for Fenland.
It “sets out a clear economic vision and strategy for the ,” she said.
“It is clear that Fenland District Council has engaged constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis during the preparation of the CSLP (Core Strategy Local Plan) to ensure the strategic sustainable vision for the wider area is met,” she said.