At its meeting last night, Huntingdonshire District Council approved the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036: Proposed Submission 2017. This Plan has evolved over a number of years and has been influenced by a series of public consultations. It provides a clear vision and strategy for development to meet the housing, employment, community and other needs of the district and ensures Huntingdonshire remains a great place to live, work and invest.

Alongside a strategy to deliver the new homes required, it includes policies on matters such as employment, retail, infrastructure, design, heritage and biodiversity. The Plan will be published on 18 December 2017 for a seven week period. During this time all interested parties are invited to comment on the legal compliance and soundness of the Plan. The Plan is then expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State by the end of March 2018, along with all the comments received during the seven week period. Thereafter, the timeline will be determined by the Planning Inspectorate who will set a date for the examination where those who make representations during the seven week period have an opportunity to address the appointed Inspector. The Inspector’s Report will follow and it is anticipated that the Plan will be adopted in 2019.

Cllr Ryan Fuller, Deputy Executive Leader and Executive Member for Housing and Planning said: "Local residents should be at the heart of the planning system, and our communities should be able to play an active role in shaping their area. To enable this Huntingdonshire needs an up-to-date Local Plan to set out local planning priorities, identify how land is used and determine what should be built where. Our Plan has been shaped by our communities through the many comments received on earlier versions during its development. The Plan ensures that Huntingdonshire continues to be able to determine its own future and meets the current and future needs of all in our communities in the right places. It also recognises that the delivery of the necessary infrastructure alongside this growth is vitally important to all our communities."