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An update regarding the HDC Local Plan

posted 19 Nov 2018, 02:43 by N Day   [ updated 25 Oct 2019, 14:06 ]
The Parish Council have received an update from Huntingdonshire District Council on the status of the local plan. This is given in its entirety below, and the attachments mentioned can be accessed by following the links.

We are now in receipt of further communication from our Local Plan Inspector which is attached and you will see it is a bullet point informal letter of the modifications he recommends be made in order to find the plan sound.  As part of the Examination process we had to robustly justify our Objectively Assessed Need for housing and demonstrate that out Local Plan target of 20,100 homes is the correct number. From the outline of modifications from the Inspector you will be able to infer that that at this stage of the process he does not challenge our position on our overall housing numbers having carefully considered the evidence from the entire examination process. As a result he is not suggesting our housing numbers need to be increased and therefore we do not need to include/ find additional sites and he has removed the category of Local Service Centre (Alconbury, Bluntisham, Great Staughton). The Inspector has provided a trajectory along with a supporting note and that is available on the Council’s website

There are a couple of key points you need to be alive to:

  • This is informal correspondence between HDC and the Inspector but it is publically available on our website. It is not his final report and we do not have any other additional information from the Inspector at this time. As and when we receive further correspondence we will update the website.

  • The modifications are made without prejudice to his final conclusions (in his report) that will be produced once he receives all comments from the modification consultation

  • The programme officer has forwarded the Inspector’s comments to all of those who participated in the Examination.

Next steps:

  • To ensure all residents are aware of the current position a press release will be issued and that is also attached.

  • We will confirm with the inspector if we accept his recommendations (as per the delegation set out in the report to Full Council in March 2018)

  • Once he has been notified, and agrees with our position we will start a statutory full public consultation period of 7 weeks – the modification consultation. We hope to get this underway in December but that is very much dependent on the Inspectors own workload.

As we get further information we will of course update our website. In the meantime, if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning policy team via email at

N Day,
19 Nov 2018, 02:43
N Day,
19 Nov 2018, 02:43