Greater Cambridge Planning will need a very different sort of communications strategy for this new local plan 2030-41

The sheer volume of information contained in the online document library is so great as to be intimidating even to this old hand. Fortunately there is enough time to put together something radical that could make this critical local plan one that has far more engagement with the people of Gtr Cambridge, and one thatContinue reading “Greater Cambridge Planning will need a very different sort of communications strategy for this new local plan 2030-41”

Comparing the first sites selected for the Greater Cambridge Local Plan 2030-41 with those submitted

So I don’t forget – but also it covers sites and issues that would have been missed out in the call for sites. Which involves comparing the First Proposals map here… (and screengrabbed below…) …with the site submissions map from developers and landowners here – and also screengrabbed below: One thing to note is thatContinue reading “Comparing the first sites selected for the Greater Cambridge Local Plan 2030-41 with those submitted”

Visions for Cambridge 2065 in a climate emergency

How do the 24 visions published in 2015 look today, having been through Brexit and still in the midst of a global pandemic? Being stuck indoors for much of the time these days sort of has its advantages when exploring through published documents, but I wouldn’t wish brainfog or chronic fatigue on anyone. I’m sortContinue reading “Visions for Cambridge 2065 in a climate emergency”

How does the draft Greater Cambridge Local Plan 2030-41 compare with its distant predecessors?

This may inform our generation of what we need to consider on behalf of future generations that will have to live with our decisions. Let’s go straight to 1934 – W.R. Davidge’s Cambridgeshire Regional Plan I digitised it and uploaded it here for everyone to read. The context is straight forward: This was the firstContinue reading “How does the draft Greater Cambridge Local Plan 2030-41 compare with its distant predecessors?”

Breaking down the draft Gtr Cambridge Local Plan 2030-41 into bitesize chunks

Because it’s a monster of a document – and is too important to leave to the passionate few and/or those paid to work with it. I’ve got no headspace for this because I’ve caught a nasty cold virus in the middle of a heatwave, so bear with me. (And/or please donate to my lemsip fund!)Continue reading “Breaking down the draft Gtr Cambridge Local Plan 2030-41 into bitesize chunks”

Can Greater Cambridge do its next local plan differently this time?

Can we get developers and land owners debating with local residents and campaign groups prior to the formal hearings – and thrash out what needs to be said to each other in advance? You can read the story and look at the map here. There is *so much* that I could write in the faceContinue reading “Can Greater Cambridge do its next local plan differently this time?”

Could we re-wild Grantchester Meadows on both sides of the River Cam as part of increased flash flood defences?

Could happen – if the wealthy landowners agree. I’m assuming they are wealthy. But we don’t know because successive governments have chosen to withhold making Land Registry data public and free to access. But if we are looking at local responses to the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Independent Climate Commission’s Report, then this is the sortContinue reading “Could we re-wild Grantchester Meadows on both sides of the River Cam as part of increased flash flood defences?”

Very young footballers in princess outfits playing while the brass band played

“Put on music and they will come!” Sunday afternoon in changeable weather at Coleridge Rec with the Soham Comrades Band. So they (the city council) did. And even though these things tend not to have huge advertising campaigns along with them, a few hundred people turned up. Above in the left-centre of the pano isContinue reading “Very young footballers in princess outfits playing while the brass band played”

Ministers must approve the construction of and funding for new adult education colleges

So writes the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan to Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner, who wrote to her on my behalf How MPs hold ministers to account on behalf of their constituents. Some of you will be aware that I’ve been making some noise about a new generation of adult education colleges – inContinue reading “Ministers must approve the construction of and funding for new adult education colleges”