In response to the publication the of local councils’ draft ‘issues and options’ Local Plan document, Cllr Tim Bick, Lib Dem group leader on Cambridge City Council, issued the following comment:
"There's a very powerful case for more homes in and around the city both to help Cambridge to be a place that is socially inclusive and to support the fight against climate change by stemming the growth in long distance commuting into the area. These are strong Liberal Democrat objectives. But we'll be looking for firm guarantees that this growth will only happen when the necessary infrastructure for alternative water supplies is in place, as development must not be permitted in a way which destroys our special local ecology. And it’s vital we continue to require that at least 40% of any new homes will be built as affordable.
"We'll be carefully examining the 19 sites selected for development and listening to the results of the forthcoming consultation. Our initial reaction is satisfaction that proposed development in and around the urban area is strongly focused on Marshalls Airfield at Cambridge East and near the new station at North East Cambridge; we have long advocated both these sites as logical growth areas for the city, potentially enabling sustainable new communities and bringing regeneration to existing ones.
"A Local Plan is a very detailed document and it is important that it is open to the widest public scrutiny. High among our priorities will be policies which ensure that new building standards support our zero carbon goals, that development is the opportunity to increase public open space rather than the reason to sacrifice it, and that there will be good parallel transport policy emphasising public transport, walking and cycling."