Update 10th December 2021

Dear all, 

Update, 10th Dec 2021

Local Plan Consultation ends 5pm, Monday, 13th Dec

Once approved and adopted, this Local Plan will set out the guidelines and principles for development in this area up to 2040.

You can email the planners and councillors and your MP and let them know your views. We suggest you ask the planners to confirm that your letter is noted, recorded, counted and available and that you copy it to your MP.


For links to the Local Plan consultation and the documents library see



Some Local Plan issues 

The River and Water and Sewage

If you do not have much time and have concerns:

*Friends of the Cam have sent a well-argued letter objecting to the Draft Local Plan to Greater Cambridge Planning which incorporates a contact email address for Greater Cambridge Planning. The letter is copied to Councillors Bridget Smith, Tumi Hawkins, Anna Smith and Katie Thornburrow and the Joint Director of Greater Cambs Planning and Economic Development, Stephen Kelly.



Levelling Up and the OxCamArc

Or is ‘Supersizing’ Cambridge the ‘Belt and Road’ to disaster?



Plans for North East Cambridge 


Are we being greenwashed?



South Cambridge

BioMedical Campus Expansion and Ninewells




Cambridgeshire Land Use – Pilot Project

At a recent Cambridge Commons joint meeting with Cambridge 2030 attendees heard that Cambridge Sustainable Food are to lead on a land use project with the Food and Farming Countryside Commission and Natural Cambridgeshire. The Food and Farming Countryside Commission is giving a presentation at Natural Cambridgeshire’s AGM, Dec 14.



Following on from their 2030 Vision which led to the setting up of Cambridge Ahead, and the bid for City Deal Funding, Cambridge 2030 are working with the City Council and the Bennett Institute for Public Policy (funded by Hong Kong businessman Peter Bennett) to tackle inequality.

Arising directly from the 2030 Vision programme, Cambridge Ahead is being established by the business community to generate ideas, options and solutions addressing the longer-term future of the city and surrounding area.” Jeremy Newsum, Former Grosvenor CEO, and founder member of Cambridge Ahead, Aug 2013, Business Weekly 

Environmental Land Management schemes 


“The Local Plan green space evidence base study will identify priority projects, and will advise which should be included in the Local Plan, and which should be delivered through land management as opposed to development processes. This priority list will in future also inform biodiversity net gain offsetting, and bids for funding from other sources”. Deputy Director of Greater Cambridge Planners to the FeCRA Committee, June 2020.

New Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits  

Cambridge University is creating a marketplace for nature-based carbon credits.



New chair for Climate Change funded by Hong Kong based Hatton Trust




WRE Managing Director to join Anglian Water 

Robin Price, the Managing Director of Water Resources East (WRE) set up by Anglian Water CEO, Peter Simpson, will be taking up the new role of Director of Quality and Environment at Anglian Water in January 2022.


He will continue to lead on the finalisation and launch of WRE’s draft Regional Plan in mid-January, before handing over to a successor. Dr Price has said previously there will not be a public consultation on the regional water plan. A final decision will be made by the WRE Board.



In a recent presentation Dr Price said WRE will host “citizen workshops” on the regional water plan next year and that dealing with sewage is not part of WRE’s remit. The chair of WRE, Paul Leinster, the OxCam Arc DeFRA Local Natural Capital Project Lead, a board member of the govt’s new Office of Environmental Protection, has stated that dealing with the wastewater is one of the biggest problems for the OxCamArc.



‘The Environment Agency and Ofwat are investigating several water companies after they admitted they may have illegally discharged raw sewage from their wastewater treatment plants … about 2,000 sewage treatment works are involved but the agency will not reveal which companies”.



Planning Inspectorate to establish corporate partnership 




Best wishes,


Wendy Blythe

Chair, FeCRA




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