Why I am campaigning against SCDC's Local PLan
South Cambridgeshire District Council’s leaders are accelerating housebuilding to the point where they will concrete over much of the district.
This is an active decision on their part to build thousands more houses than the national government has suggested. There is no expectation from Westminster that they launch such a housebuilding bonanza, and I have repeatedly urged South Cambridgeshire District Council to keep housebuilding low and sustainable. They are putting their own self-interest above the interest of the communities of South Cambridgeshire, who have made their opposition to over-development clear. Residents have a right to feel betrayed and angry.
By choosing the bulldozer and the concrete mixer over nature, trees and quality of life, South Cambridgeshire District Council have declared war on our way of life and our environment. It is music to the ears of the developers who have spent many hours and tens of thousands of pounds lobbying our local council leadership.
What is a Local Plan?
A local plan is a document which sets out planning policies and proposals for new development. The Greater Cambridgeshire Local Plan, which links planning in South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City sets out the planning policies and land allocations to guide the future development of the district up to 2031. It includes policies on a wide range of topics such as housing, employment, services and facilities, and the natural environment. More information can be found on the Greater Cambridgeshire Planning Service website.
So far, I have:
- Surveyed every house in South Cambridgeshire Constituency to findout their views on planning and development
- Written to and met with successive Housing Secretaries, including Roberty Jenrick & Micheal Gove.
- Written multiple times to the Leader of SCDC,
- Met with the leader of SCDC, their cabinet member for planning, and the officer responsible for planning across Greater Cambridgeshire
- Posed written and spoken questions in Parliament
- Met multiple times with Parish Councils to ask their views on Planning & Development