The County Council is responsible for preparing the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Minerals and Waste Development Plan. It forms part of the Development Plan for Cambridgeshire with the following documents:
- District local plans
- Neighbourhood Development Plans (if prepared by parish/town councils or community forums)
There are also three supplementary planning documents which have been adopted by the County Council related to the Minerals and Waste Plan:
National planning is carried out by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and provides the basis for planning in this country by means of:
To find out more on National Planning go to the GOV.UK website.
District councils local plans
Cambridgeshire City and district councils prepare local development plans which are intended to provide guidance on the use of land and the criteria upon which to decide planning applications.
Given the changes to the planning system currently being brought in by government (via the Localism Bill and National Planning Policy Framework) many of the councils are currently reviewing and updating their local plans. However, some local plans are the responsibility of the County Council and in Cambridgeshire this applies to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Minerals and Waste Development Plan.
Community groups and parish and town councils will also have the opportunity to bring forward neighbourhood development plans for their area when the Localism Act comes into effect.