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An appropriate mix of housing is vital to economic growth. The area’s economic success and high quality of life have made it an attractive place to live and work. However, the shortage of available and affordable housing within a reasonable distance of where people work has led to a dramatic increase in house prices, which in turn affects recruitment and retention of employees.

Local Planning Authorities are required to prepare a Local Plan for their area that sets out the amount, type and location of new development – both homes and workplaces - that will take place over the next 15-20 years or so, whilst protecting the environment and character of their area.

Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire have worked together to draw up aligned Local Plans for the two Authorities, with extensive stakeholder consultation. These propose 33,500 new homes and 44 000 new jobs by 2031, whilst ensuring that the Greater Cambridge area remains an attractive place to work, live and play.

The majority of the new homes will be located within and on the edge of Cambridge, at Cambourne, at a new village at Bourn Airfield, and at the new towns of Northstowe and north of Waterbeach village. The Local Plans are supported by the Transport Strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire (TSCSC), adopted by Cambridgeshire County Council in 2014, following consultation, and produced in in parallel with the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans.

The TSCSC identifies the transport schemes necessary to support continued economic growth in the Greater Cambridge area, including through improved network connectivity and by supporting the sustainable development strategy included in the submitted Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans.

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The draft Local Plans are being examined by a Government inspector, as all Local Plans must be. Following initial feedback from the Inspector, the Councils have consulted on minor changes to the submitted plans and aim to resubmit in March 2016.