Update 19th Feb 2019

Dear all,

Update February 19

FeCRA AGM Event– April 5 – “The Inclusive City” – Professor Robin Hambleton

Save the date April 5, 6.30 – 8.30 the Perse School – Hills Road – wine and refreshments. More details to follow.

Last year’s speaker was the visionary architect and former Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson.

As the Councils start their joint review of Local Plans and call for development sites this year our AGM Event speaker is one of the UK’s top planning experts  – Professor Robin Hambleton, who argues that imaginative, place-based leadership can enable citizens to shape their future in accordance with progressive values – social justice, care for the environment and community empowerment.

In the Cambridge Independent, Councillor John Hipkin former Chair of Cambridge City Council’s Planning Committee challenged the inequality of “our booming city” arguing that politicians both local and national should “kick the growth habit and take up community building”. Community is at the heart of what FeCRA stands for. Cities are often seen as helpless victims in a global flow of events and many view growing inequality in cities as inevitable. Professor Robin Hambleton challenges that view. Come and hear his suggestions for “community empowerment” and “place-based leadership”.

Update on planning cuts proposals – Budget & Resources Strategy Committee

Morcom Lunt, former Chair of FeCRA asked a question raising concerns about planning cuts. The Committee responded that they recognised the concerns and would behave responsibly. There was a need to make the system more efficient and decisions about modifications would be taken by the planning committee after considerations of the submissions made. The meeting ended with a substantial lack of unanimity as to what the plans were.  There was an assumption they were driven by the need to take costs out of the planning process.

Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Planning Consultations:

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019 –deadline 25 March

The Councils are preparing an Area Action Plan for the area which includes land west of Cambridge North Station, and it is also proposed to include the Cambridge Science Park. The Area Action Plan is intended to form part of the Local Development Plan for both local authorities. This plan is currently referred to as the ‘Cambridge Northern Fringe Area Action Plan’ in the Councils’ adopted Local Development Scheme. The Councils are inviting comments.


The Councils are running a series of public exhibitions. Come along to an event where you can see the consultation material and talk to planning officers.


Monday 25

Milton Community Centre Coles Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6BL

2pm – 8pm

Wednesday 27

Cambridge North Station, Cowley Rd, Cambridge, CB4 0WZ

6.30am – 8.30am,

and 4pm – 7.30pm


Friday 1

St John’s Innovation Centre, Johnson Room, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS

10am – 4pm

Tuesday 5

Trinity Centre, Suite 12, 24 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0FN

10am – 4pm

Thursday 7

North Area Committee, Shirley Centre, Nuffield Road, Chesterton Cambridge, CB4 1TF

6pm – 8pm

Tuesday 12

Brown’s Field Youth and Community Centre, 31A Green End Road, Cambridge CB4 1RU

4pm – 7pm

Thursday 14

Nun’s Way Pavilion, Nun’s Way, Cambridge, CB4 2NR

2pm – 8pm

Greater Cambridge Local Plan ‘Call for Sites’ – deadline 25 March

The Councils are starting a joint review of their adopted Local Plans. This is a call for potential sites and broad locations for housing or economic development across the Greater Cambridge Local Plan area.


You might like a reminder of some of the sites submitted previously. The list is not comprehensive. There were a lot more.  http://fecra.org.uk/update-may-2017/

Greater Cambridge Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) deadline 25 March

The Councils are jointly updating their SCI. They seek views on how the public, businesses, interest groups and individuals can get involved in the creation of local planning policy and the planning application process. Comments invited on the draft SCI.


You can make comments on all three consultations online see link below:




East West Rail – Cambridge consultation event Friday 22 Feb from 3.30 – 7.30pm, Granta Place deadline for comments 11 March

The report on the route options for Bedford-Cambridge is here, it’s very short, so have a read:


The consultation event to gather views from Cambridge residents is on Friday 22 Feb from 3.30 – 7.30pm at the University Centre, Granta Place so go along and listen.


Conservation Event – Celebrate City Centre Heritage, 27 Feb,  The Guildhall 1-5pm

On Wednesday 27th February, at The Guildhall, an event takes place looking at Cambridge City Centre as a conservation area 50 years after its designation in 1969. Hear about recent archaeological work in Cambridge from the County Archaeologist. Get Historic England’s perspective from the outgoing Regional Director and from Duncan Wilson, the Chief Executive. Take the opportunity to hear from Civic Voice, Executive Director – Ian Harvey and the Historic Towns & Villages Forum’s Chair –  Steven Bee about the continuing importance of conservation areas.

1-5pm open to all – stalls/displays/talks.

Best wishes,


Wendy Blythe

Chair, FeCRA

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