Policy H/RM: Residential moorings

DRAFT version for various committee meetings.

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What will this policy do?

This policy will set out the criteria to be used when considering proposals for new residential moorings.

Proposed policy direction

We propose to carry forward the criteria based policy for considering proposals for new residential moorings as included in the adopted Cambridge Local Plan 2018, but with the policy applying to the whole of Greater Cambridge. The criteria will ensure that new moorings are provided in suitable locations with appropriate infrastructure and will not have significant negative impacts on matters such as landscape and townscape, local amenity, and navigation of the river.

Why is this policy needed?

National legislation requires local authorities to carry out an assessment of the accommodation needs of all people residing in or resorting to their area in houseboats. National planning policy requires local authorities to reflect the results of this assessment in their planning policies. The Local Plan therefore needs to set out how the Councils will respond to the need identified and how proposals for residential moorings will be considered.

An accommodation needs assessment is being carried out which will assess the needs of house boat dwellers. The coronavirus pandemic has delayed the completion of the face-to-face survey elements of this assessment, such that it has not been possible to complete this assessment in time to inform this consultation. It will be available at the next stage of plan making, and will be used to inform the draft Local Plan, including whether any allocations are needed.

What consultation have we done on this issue?

In responding to the First Conversation the Conservators of the River Cam highlighted the need for more residential moorings within Greater Cambridge.

What alternatives did we consider?

No policy - Not considered a reasonable alternative as the Councils consider that a criteria based policy is needed as the considerations for residential moorings are different to other types of development and therefore it is necessary to maintain the quality of the river environment and safeguard local amenity.

Supporting evidence studies and topic papers

  • Greater Cambridge Local Plan: Topic paper 7: Homes

Existing policies in adopted 2018 Local Plans

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018

  • N/A, except for the allocation of a site through H/7: Residential Moorings

Cambridge Local Plan 2018

  • Policy 54: Residential moorings

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