Since 2019, DAC Planning has provided support and critical friend advice to Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council in the production of the Greater Cambridge Local Plan (GCLP).
We are advising the Council on approaches to shape the new Local Plan, including the structure, policy approach and meeting the Duty to Cooperate. DAC Planning assessed the existing evidence base including adopted Local Plan policies in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan and the Cambridge Local Plan against national policy to inform the scope and content of policies in the GCLP.
DAC Planning will continue to support the progression of the Local Plan and is currently advising on the production of the Preferred Options Plan.
DAC Planning supported the Council through the Independent Examination of the Local Plan in 2016 and 2017. This included overseeing the production of Main Modifications to the Local Plan, whilst progressing with complex Infrastructure planning and Duty to Cooperate discussions with neighbouring local authorities.
In June 2020 DAC Planning was commissioned by the Council to provide support and advice in establishing the vision, objectives and scope for the Local Plan update. This includes designing the approach and facilitating engagement with elected Members. A series of workshops were held in Autumn 2020.
This project was undertaken as a sub-consultant to Fortismere Associates.
DAC Planning assisted Epping Forest District Council from 2016 to 2019 in the production of their Draft Local Plan, playing a central role in overseeing the production and preparing for the implementation and independent examination of the Local Plan, whilst also working closely with colleagues in neighbouring local authorities to develop the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.
Director David Coleman established a Developer Forum for the Garden Town which he chaired, and also introduced mechanisms to enable the implementation of strategic growth plans, including the requirements for Strategic Masterplans which were produced through partnership working, and the introduction of Planning Performance Agreements. David lead the ‘Delivery’ workstream for the Garden Town which required extensive cross-boundary and collaborative working with adjoining District Councils, two County Councils and other stakeholders in order to introduce the necessary mechanisms and ensure the timely delivery of high quality infrastructure and development across the Garden Town.
DAC Planning also provided oversight, support and guidance to all Neighbourhood Plans emerging in the District.