Update 1st July 2019

Dear all,

Update 1 July, 2019

Greater Cambridge Local Plan workshop 17 July

7.00-9.30pm on Wednesday 17th July. Venue: Shelford Rugby Club, The Davey Field, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5JJ

Cambridge residents associations and South Cambridgeshire parishes are invited to a workshop at the start of the preparation of the Greater Cambridge Local Plan:


The Local Plan is the plan for future development in the district. It identifies areas of land for development to deliver homes, jobs and services needed, and includes policies against which all planning applications are considered.

The formal stages for the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan will include:

  • Consultation on high level issues and options affecting the plan, starting before the end of 2019;
  • Consultation on a draft plan, in autumn 2020;
  • Consultation on the final ‘proposed submission’ version of the plan, in autumn 2021, ahead of examination by an independent inspector.


Ahead of these formal stages the Planning Policy Strategy and Economy Team of Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service are holding a series of workshops in July and would like to invite you to one of these. The workshops are intended to inform you about the new Local Plan, in terms of context and future process, but more importantly to explore your reflections on the process of preparing the adopted Local Plans, and in particular your aspirations for the new plan. Your input to this workshop, alongside views expressed by stakeholders at the other workshops being held, will help inform the shape of the Issues & Options consultation being held later in the year.

Due to potential numbers Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service ask you to identify a single preferred person per parish council/residents association to attend. You may also identify a second person; depending on interest and they will confirm whether there will be space to accommodate more than one rep per group.

This is short notice and peak holiday time and a poor location for city residents. If you are not able to go and/or have any concerns or questions let us know. You need to RSVP by close on Friday 5th July by responding to

secretary@fecra.org.uk copied to ldf@scambs.gov.uk

Local Plan

Concerns expressed by residents include:

FeCRA’s response to CPIER

Biodiversity Emergency motion. p 5, link below.


GCP Citizen Assembly Stakeholder Workshop, Tues 2 July – note Invitation only

This autumn the GCP will hold a ‘Citizens’ Assembly’, where citizens supported by an expert advisory panel will make recommendations for public transport for the GCP Board to consider later this year.


Residents  have expressed concerns to us about the democratic deficit of the process and the rationale used to select stakeholders to the workshop. FeCRA have therefore not accepted the invitation to the workshop. The Sortition Foundation who are involved in the recruitment process for citizens advised us the funding bid was facilitated by Cambridge based communications company Cofinitive and a transport member of GCP’s community sounding group.


Full council meeting Thursday, 18 July, Guildhall, 6.00pm

Best wishes,



Wendy Blythe

Chair, FeCRA




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