27th Jan 2020 Links to Local Plan Consultation

Dear all,

Update 27th January, 2020

Greater Cambridge Local Plan Issues & Options 2020 consultation

Closing date for comments 24 Feb, 2020, 5pm

There is lots of information about the Local Plan Process. See link below.


Issues and options – The first conversation. This gives you the context. See link below


How you can make your comments. Either by short comments on this website.


Or, if you want to make a longer and more detailed comment, you can do so through the Councils’ consultation portal. Fill in the response form (available on the website) and send it back either by email to: localplan@greatercambridgeplanning.org+

Or post the form back to either Cambridge City Council or South Cambridgeshire District Council.

According to the Councils, ‘the new Local Plan is the most important document you’ve never heard of’. It will influence everything about the city and the county for the next 20 years and beyond, determining growth, infrastructure, climate emergency, biodiversity, homes, transport, the river and its chalk streams,  green spaces, transport, city centre, the market square, heritage, office development and jobs etc.

It is really important to tell your councillors and the Councils what you want and for you to comment individually and as residents associations and community groups. You can answer as many or as few questions as you like and also suggest opportunities for green space and wildlife, including proposals for bigger landscape areas that you would like to see prioritised for green space and wildlife. See link here for the form for Green Space call for sites.


Let us know what you think and if you want some Local Plan posters tell us. We can drop them off.

We are posting responses shared with us on the Local Plan on the FeCRA website http://fecra.org.uk/ so that you can keep in touch with progress and what others are saying.


Responses posted to date include: a contribution to the Trumpington RA’s discussions, an analysis of growth issues and the Local Plan


A summary of suggestions and concerns from the North East Cambridge Community Forum on their area action plan ;

Documents forwarded to FeCRA about natural capital investment and green space priorities, made in private.



A former City Council planner and architect has contacted FeCRA because he is concerned that there is no option in this Local Plan consultation for residents to engage on limits to growth and on Cambridge’s “growth emergency”. This was raised at the Leader of the City Council’s Briefing to community groups and questions were put to him about the city’s environmental capacity, water supply and the river.

Local Plan events where you can find out more 


Cambridge Local Plan- the Big Debate 18 Feb Corn Exchange 6.30 – 9:00pm

See link below to book a place.


Reminder of Cambourne to Cambridge Local Liaison Forum tonight 27 Jan, Cambourne

6.30 to 8pm, venue Cambourne Village College CB23 6FR

Agenda items see link below


Recent press coverage of Greater Cambridge Partnership plans to make this an off highway route


Residents Forum Meeting 17 Feb Guildhall, 6-7.30pm Committee Room 1

RSVP to the planners and let them know your items for the agenda

cc secretary@fecra.org.uk


Cambridge South Station Consultation (started 20 Jan, approx 6 weeks)  

Network Rail have scheduled events for people to comment on and view the plans for the three options. If you missed the earlier Cambridge events there is one in Grantchester Village Hall, 29 January 4 – 8pm. You can also have your say online or via post. More: ow.ly/ayVq50xPVzD

This is a key consultation and we are hearing concerns that it is a means of justifying even more aggressive growth for Cambridge in the future. See the comment posted on the FeCRa website under Local Plan from the Trumpington Residents Association and links below to a short report by the No Expressway Group who draw on Savills/Arup/Cambridge Econometrics analysis of ‘unmet housing need’ (ie London commuters) and the report by the ITRC-MISTRAL group of universities (includes Cambridge University) who have modelled growth scenarios for the OxCam Arc area.



Climate Consultation ends 31st January

Cambridgeshire Council has produced a draft Climate Change and Environmental Strategy designed to address and mitigate the effect of human activity in our area. The consultation closes on 31st January. You can find out more and comment here. See link.


Strategy & Resources Scrutiny Committee Monday 3rd Feb, 5.00 pm Guildhall


The agenda includes: Budget Setting Report, key updates on the Combined Authority, GCP funding, Cambridge North East Fringe Funding, Planning Policy and Open Spaces. Re plannning policy and open spaces and the development of an open data feed. See Link below. p.9.


‘local third parties’ https://www.streetfocus.uk/blog/ ‘who are developing an app based means of displaying information and links to planning information’.  CamCycle officer Martin Lucas-Smith, one of the CycleStreets developers running the StreetFocus project, says ‘Streetfocus aims to enable Local Authorities and communities to achieve improvements to their streets by automatically identifying where desired improvements could be funded by developers, to mutual benefit’

The funding provision sought is ‘a contingency cost to enable IDOX and 3C support service consultancy costs to be deployed if required to configure the new shared planning service software to allow for automatic data sharing-with appropriate control’.

Madingley Road Cycling and Walking Consultation ends 2 March


Downing Street Consultation ends 19 Feb


Best wishes,


Wendy Blythe

Chair, FeCRA




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