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Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire planners will combine to improve quality of life

By Ben Comber

A shared planning service between Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council is planned to become one of the largest district council planning teams in the country.

Work has also started on exploring the way the service might be organised and in aligning the two councils’ planning services ahead of formal integration.

This would be the latest of a number of shared services involving the two councils which to date have included waste and recycling, ICT, building control, legal services, and a joint Housing Development Agency for building new homes. The development of shared finance and shared housing management services are also under consideration, while a shared internal audit service is under development.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council and executive councillor for strategy and transformation, said: “The proposed Greater Cambridge Planning Service will not only be a hugely important joint project for ourselves and South Cambridgeshire District Council building on our joint Local Plans work, but it would also create one of the largest and most effective district council planning teams in the UK.

“This reflects the need for resilient and flexible planning delivery that is fully equipped to deal with the growth we are seeing across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, while delivering the extra affordable housing we need so badly, and protecting and improving our unique local quality of life.

“This move is also essential to build the teamwork we need to get the best for our communities from the many current and future development projects whose impacts cross way over our councils’ boundaries.”


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