We have started preparing a new Local Plan to cover the period up to 2036. The new plan will replace the existing development plan documents, including the Core Strategy (2009), the Huntingdon West Area Action Plan (2011) and the saved policies of the Local Plan (1995) and the Local Plan Alteration (2002).
The purpose of the plan is to set out:
- the strategy for development in the whole of Huntingdonshire
- policies for managing development
- details of sites for development to meet the needs of Huntingdonshire.
The proposed programme for producing the Local Plan to 2036 can be found in the Local Development Scheme. The programme includes key milestones to inform you about opportunities to get involved in the plan-making process. The Local Development Scheme was published in December 2017 and should be read with reference to the information below.
The proposed main modifications consultation ran from 10 December 2018 to 29 January 2019, the consultation set out the proposed main modifications identified by the Inspector as necessary to make the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036 'sound' and 'legally compliant'. This consultation has now closed.
All representations relating to the proposed main modifications and associated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment have been passed on to the Planning Inspector for consideration. A copy of the representations can be found on the council’s online consultation portal or in the Local Plan Document Library under document numbers EXAM/46 to EXAM/50.
The Inspector will consider all comments received before presenting his final conclusions on the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036 in his Inspector's Report. The report will concentrate on the Plan's compliance with legal requirements, including meeting the Duty to Cooperate and tests of soundness. The report will also identify, where necessary, main modifications to policies or supporting text required to overcome issues of soundness and legal compliance.
The following stages have been completed:
Stage 1: February to June 2012: Scoping and Initial Issues and Options
This started with consultation on a draft Sustainability Scoping Report, as part of the Sustainability Appraisal process. This was followed by an Issues and Options consultation. This was a non-statutory initial introductory consultation designed to raise awareness of key issues and potential options focused on housing growth.
Stage 2: August to November 2012: Strategy and Policy Consultation
This was the first consultation to seek views on issues and options such as how many homes should be planned for as well as more detailed comment on draft site allocations and policies to manage development. It included a draft strategy, place-based policies, potential development sites, development management policies and draft sustainability appraisal.
Stage 3: May to July 2013: Draft Local Plan
This stage started with a consultation on the first complete draft of the Local Plan, taking into account responses received during previous stages and incorporating sites put forward where they contribute to the strategy.
Some additional sites were put forward by developers and landowners for development during the initial Stage 3 consultation. These sites were assessed in the Environmental Capacity Study: Additional Site Assessments which was consulted on from November to December 2013. Comments were considered with the other responses received on the Stage 3 documents and have been used to help shape the next stage of preparing the Local Plan to 2036.
Stage 4: January to March 2015: Targeted Consultation
Preparation of the Local Plan continued with targeted engagement with key stakeholders between January and March 2015.
Some additional sites were put forward by developers and landowners for development during the Targeted Consultation and during the period since then. These sites were assessed in the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment: Additional Sites Consultation 2016, which was consulted on from 26 September to 7 November 2016.
Stage 5: November 2016 to January 2017
We consulted on a document that considered the council's options for whether and how to identify areas of Huntingdonshire as 'suitable' for wind energy development. The document was produced in response to the provisions set out in the Written Ministerial Statement issued by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on 18 June 2015. The consultation was open for public comment between 21 November 2016 and 16 January 2017. To view and download the document, please go to the Planning Consultation Portal.
Consultation Draft: July to August 2017
A group of consultations on the Local Plan were consulted on between 3 July and 25 August 2017. This group included the:
Consultation Draft 2017
Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment July 2017
Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal.
For more information about this group of consultations please go the Planning Consultation Portal.
Local Plan to 2036: Proposed Submission
The Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036: Proposed Submission has been published and was open for representations until 5 February 2018. View the Statement of Representations (March 2018).
Proposed Main Modifications Consultation
Public examination hearings were held on the Huntingdonshire Local Plan Proposed Submission between 17-20 July and 10-27 September 2018. Following this proposed main modifications were identified by the Planning Inspector as necessary to make the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036 'sound' and 'legally compliant'. Consultation on the proposed main modifications and associated sustainability appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment ran from 10 December 2018 to 29 January 2019. To view or download the documents and see comments visit the online consultation portal.
All representations relating to the consultation have been passed on to the Planning Inspector for consideration.