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Martin Smart gave an apology for absence with Cllr Dave Baigent
substituting in his place.
Declarations of Interest
Nicholas Wright declared a non-pecuniary interest as a landowner
(farmer) in the village of Connington within South
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Members were shown a
presentation highlighting key themes and sections of the Local
In response to the
presentation, Members had the following comments:
- As the
Combined Authority has the aspiration to double GVA (Gross Value
Added) within the next 25 years, did officers factor this into the
given growth figures?
- Members requested officers be careful on their use the word
‘consultant’ as this could provide the wrong impression
to the public of the role such people fulfil, as it is officers who
are the ones that guide the Local Plan process.
report made clear that water supply would be the single largest
barrier to the delivery of higher growth options. Would the
Councils be able to get sufficient information about what may or
may not be possible with regards to water supply, or will there
have to be a risk-based judgement of the options, based on what
other agencies may do?
the Councils considered building a reservoir to supply South
Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City?
there a chance that meaningful new census data will inform the
Local Plan process before being submitted?
Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service (GCSPS) had used the
minimum level of growth for the standard methodology, it was
queried if the use of the term ‘minimum’, meant that
there were no constraints to delivering the standard methodology of
houses during the period?
there any justification in national planning policy or guidance for
not examining higher levels of growth than the standard
were the Councils equating an increase in GVA with jobs growth and
not reviewing productivity growth instead?
- Members highlighted concerns at the modelling differences
regarding housing between what was in the SPEAR report and those
done by G.L. Hearn on behalf of the planning service.
- Due to
the significant impact of Covid-19 on supply chains globally and
regionally and in conjunction with the significant changes to the
way people operated, particularly with an increase an online
shopping, could policy making be more flexible to take account of
In response officers
of the Grater Cambridge Planning Service said the
growth figures were based on what researchers had identified as
being realistic to deliver, officers were of course aware of the
Combined Authority’s aspiration but did not base their growth
figures on this. It was also noted however, that job sectors in
which the Greater Cambridge area was strong provided greater
productivity per job, such as the life sciences.
vast majority of the work published for the Local Plan was carried
out by expert consultants in their field and their names were
published on the relevant documentation. This was however, done in
a research capacity and their work is only used to inform the
decisions that the officers make. Officer had not taken a view on
the relevant work at the time of the meeting and it had just been
provided to the Committee in an informative capacity. Officers will
reach a judgement on this information at ...
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