Update 27th June 2021

Dear all,


Update 27 June 2021


If you want to ask a question at Thursday’s Environment Scrutiny Meeting you have to let Democratic Services know by 12 noon today ( 2 working days in advance) democratic.services@cambridge.gov.uk 

Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee, 

Tuesday 29th June, 5.30pm 

Venue: Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, CB2 3Q




Annual Reports of 3C Building control service 2020/21 and Greater Cambs Shared Planning service

Sunday Times article, link below


“As a result of defects in award winning Accordia blocks some of the leaseholders faces bankruptcy over the bills for fire-safety work`

Review of Design Review Service

Draft Biodiversity SPD


“The Executive Councillors are recommended by Greater Cambs Planners to approve this Biodiversity SPD for public consultation in July 2021”

Environment Scrutiny Cttee Thursday, 5.30pm 01 July Venue: Main Room – The Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QB


Market Square Information update

The new Visit Cambridge Destination Management Organisation

The consortium involved: Cambridge Bid, the Councils, Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises ( Camb University) and King’s College (the owners of Grantchester Meadows) will be making key decisions about the city centre, including the market square and green spaces. For example who decides about exclusion and/or income generation and the definition of public goods. Excluding residents from ticketed events has been an issue for tourist cities such as Edinburgh.

New Legal Entity proposed for City centre and Green Spaces




Biodiversity SPD 



Parks and Open Spaces Toolkit


If you want to ask a question you have to let Democratic Services know by 12 noon today democratic.services@cambridge.gov.uk

South Cambs DC Climate and Environment Cttee 14 June, see agenda documents


This included the Biodiversity SPD and a Chalk Stream report

“This Council has made a commitment to Doubling Nature, through an adopted Strategy of that name in February 2021. It has stated that it is green to the core and recognises a biodiversity emergency”

Chalk Stream Report 


This chalk stream report by Cambridge City Council’s Biodiversity Officer is not included in this week’s City Council Planning and Environment Scrutiny agendas with the draft Biodiversity SPD.

“The project arose from a cross-boundary Water Summit held in 2019, which identified the need to establish a baseline of the current condition, threats and opportunities facing the chalk streams


Friends of the River Cam escalated complaint against Greater Cambs Planners 



Greater Cambridge Partnership Board Meeting Thursday, 1 July 2021

Venue: University of Cambridge Sports Centre, Philippa Fawcett Drive, Cambridge CB3 0AS




Agenda items include GCP’s controversial green belt busway schemes.

See Smarter Cambridge Transport petition, below:



“The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is at an advanced stage of planning to build three busways and five car parks at a cost of £419 million. That’s £1,370 per resident of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, or up to £180,000 per new bus user. Furthermore, the GCP still has no plan for where all the new buses will go in Cambridge city centre after leaving the busways”.


Best wishes,




Wendy Blythe

Chair, FeCRA




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