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Emerging Local Plan

Fenland District Council is preparing a new Local Plan. This is an important document as it will determine what the district will look like in the future and how it will become an even better place to live, work and visit.

Once adopted, the new Local Plan will replace the current  Fenland Local Plan (May 2014) (PDF) [3MB] . Documents relevant to the preparation of the emerging Local Plan are available to view and download from the Document Library.


Draft Local Plan

We are consulting on the Draft version of the Local Plan. This sets out the emerging policies and proposals for growth and regeneration, and the proposed sites to deliver the growth. This is still a draft plan. Your views are therefore essential. 

You can also view an online version of the Draft Local Plan Policies Map.

The consultation takes place between 25 August 2022 and 19 October 2022.

How to make comments

We encourage you to take this opportunity to let us know your views and help inform the future growth of Fenland. 

Comments can be made using our online consultation form.

Alternatively, you can download a  paper comments form (Word doc) [162KB] . Please return this by email to localplan@fenland.gov.uk. You can also return it by post to the Local Plan team at Fenland District Council, County Road, March, PE15 8NQ. 

The closing date for all comments is 19 October 2022 by 11.59pm. 

Please note that comments will not be kept confidential and will be made available to the public (including online). However, your personal details will be kept confidential in line with the Data Protection Act. Your email address will only be used in accordance with principles found in the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Please see our privacy page for more information.


Document Library

To support the new Local Plan, a number of evidence documents and other supporting documents have been prepared. The Document Library contains all documents relevant to the preparation of the Local Plan, including:


Next Stage

All comments submitted will be available to view on our website following the end of the consultation period. All comments received will be reviewed. Any changes arising from the consultation will be made to the draft Local Plan.

A Proposed Submission version is due to be published in summer 2023 for public consultation. This version of the plan will then be submitted to central government who will appoint an independent Planning Inspector to carry out a public examination into the document. 

The Local Development Scheme provides a timetable for preparation of the Local Plan. An updated Local Development Scheme was approved by Fenland District Council on 3 February 2022 and replaces the previous version dated 15 July 2021. 


Previous Stages

We consulted on the Issues & Options Consultation Document from 11 October to 21 November 2019. As part of this consultation, we held a Call for Sites exercise, invited nominations of Local Green Spaces and invited views on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. Thank you to everyone who responded. 

View the Issues & Options Key Issues Report .

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