Council’s blueprint gets the go-ahead

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East Cambridgeshire could see 11,500 new homes built over the next two decades after its blueprint for the future was approved by a planning inspector.

The district’s local plan, which manages growth and development will now go before councillors next month for final approval.

Its proposals include 11,500 new homes and the provision of 9,200 new jobs and the authority is tasked with ensuring infrastructure such as schools, opens spaces and leisure facilities are in place to cope with the increase in population.

“We are now in the enviable position of being able to take forward growth, create jobs and build much needed homes all in places where we want that growth to take place, rather than via speculative applications from developers,” said Cllr Kevin Ellis, chairman of the council’s corporate governance and finance committee.“The document is the result of collaboration with residents, parish councils and other organisations in East Cambridgeshire. Without their support through various consultations and discussions we would not be in the strong position we are in now.”