Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are starting work on a new joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan to provide a sustainable vision for the future of the area. This includes planning for new housing and economic development to meet our needs and protect and enhance our environment. An early step in the plan preparation process is to gather information on what land is available and suitable for development. As part of this work we are seeking your input through this ‘call for sites’ consultation.

This response form may be used to put forward potential sites and broad locations for housing or economic development across the Greater Cambridge Local Plan area which is made up of the administrative districts of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. An understanding of land availability for development across Greater Cambridge will ensure that the new Local Plan allocates enough land in appropriate locations to meet identified needs. A Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) will be prepared to help the Councils choose the right sites from a large number of potential alternatives having assessed their suitability, availability and achievability.

Please complete a separate form for each site being submitted for consideration. For sites to be considered all of the form must be completed.

Housing development includes market housing for sale, affordable housing (including entry level exception sites), housing for rent, student housing, housing for people with disabilities, housing for people receiving care, service family housing, sites for travellers and travelling showpeople, and sites for people wishing to commission or build their own homes. It does NOT however include sites intended for the provision of rural exception site housing.

Economic development includes development for B1 (Business), B2 (General Industrial) and B8 (Storage and Distribution) uses. It does NOT include retail, hotels, leisure or recreation development.

Only submit sites and broad locations that are capable of delivering 5 or more dwellings or economic development on sites of 0.25 hectares (or 500 square meters of floor space) and above.

If you need assistance completing the form contact the Planning Policy Team at or at or call us on 01954 713183


For more information about the call for sites see our webpages at: and


The assessment of potential housing and employment sites through the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment process and the identification of sites with the potential for development does not indicate that planning permission will be granted for development, or that the sites(s) will be allocated for development in the Greater Cambridge Local Plan (GCLP). The SHELAA will be an important evidence source to inform future plan making but it will be for the GCLP to determine which sites are most suitable to meet identified needs.

For instructions on how to use the system and make comments, please see our help guide.
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