Strategic Alignment

Strategic Alignment

GCP projects are developed to align with numerous strategic documents, in accordance with HM Treasury Green Book guidance.

For individual projects, the GCP ensures alignment through Business Cases which will provide details of the strategic documents that have been used to shape that specific scheme.

This page provides links to some of the key regional and local strategic documents.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Transport Plan

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have produced the first updated Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Transport Plan (LTP), which was approved in January 2020. The LTP aims to provide an accessible transport system that delivers economic growth and opportunities, and protects and enhances the environment to tackle climate change. The GCP programme is included in the LTP.  In March 2021, the Combined Authority agreed to refresh the LTP in response to emerging considerations including the Covid-19 pandemic and the recommendations of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Climate Commission.

The LTP is complemented and informed by a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), a decision support process which ensures that environmental and sustainability aspects are considered effectively in policy, plan and program making. Similarly the Plan is also informed by a Community Impact Assessment (CIA) - incorporating a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA). GCP projects are indirectly informed by the LTP SEA, however a separate SEA is not required at project level.

Strategic alignment also requires the GCP to align with any sub-strategies to the LTP.

Local and regional infrastructure

The GCP is working with partners to create a comprehensive and integrated public transport and active travel network. This includes working closely with those developing schemes in Greater Cambridge and the wider area, such as Network Rail who are bringing forward a new station at Cambridge South. Our aim is to ensure that schemes integrate and complement each other, and that we align with the wider policies that define all infrastructure proposals across our area including emerging proposals on East West Rail and the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro.

Housing and Strategic Planning

Greater Cambridge Local Plans

Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire both have Local Plans which set out the planning polices and land allocations to guide future development in the area for the period to 2031. The GCP programme is designed to deliver the objectives set out in these documents.

Work is underway on a new joint Local Plan for Greater Cambridge.

Oxford-Cambridge Arc

The GCP also strategically aligns with the national development plans for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and considers this major scheme when planning and delivering projects. The joint declaration of ambition between government and local partners gives more detail.

Economy and Environment

Climate change

Following the declaration of a national climate emergency, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council have each declared local climate emergencies and published individual climate change strategies:

In addition, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate has recently published emerging recommendations, which will be considered by the Combined Authority and will potentially inform future strategic documents. The GCP’s programme aims to support a reduction in carbon emissions by increasing uptake of public transport and active travel, decreasing car use and supporting the decarbonisation of public transport. Projects are shaped to support these objectives.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review

In addition to the Local Plans, another key document which has informed the evidence base for the GCP programme is the Cambridge and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER). This document has developed an evidence base on the economic performance and growth potential of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The purpose of the document was to create a single strategic position highlighting the unique economic potential of the area in delivering benefits to the rest of the UK as a reason for greater fiscal devolution and powers in order to delivery on major infrastructure programmes.

Local Industrial Strategy

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) was agreed by the Combined Authority and Government in July 2019. The LIS sets out how partners can maximise the economy’s strengths and remove barriers to growth to deliver local economic objectives and spread prosperity. The GCP programme is included in the LIS.

In response to the LIS, local partners including the GCP produced an Economic Action Plan for Greater Cambridge. The Economic Action Plan sought to set out the interventions being taken to deliver the strategic ambitions set out by the LIS, including key elements of the GCP programme. It was completed in early 2020 (prior to the onset of the pandemic).

Local Economic Recovery Strategy

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Economic Recovery Strategy (LERS) was agreed by the Combined Authority in 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was most recently updated in March 2021.

The GCP is working closely with other local partners to ensure that the actions we take, including interventions delivered through the GCP programme, are in alignment with the objectives of the LERS.

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