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Local residents invited to join workshops to help shape north Cambridge neighbourhoods (21 September 2023)

Residents, businesses and local groups in the north of Cambridge are being invited to take part in a series of workshops to help shape the future look and feel of their neighbourhoods.

Comment on the updated Conservation Area Appraisal for Whittlesford (6 September 2023)

The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service is consulting on a draft Conservation Area Appraisal from Wednesday 6 September to Wednesday 6 October 2023 and welcomes comments from the public and other interested groups.

Planning Application received for the redevelopment of The Beehive Centre in Cambridge (1 September 2023)

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning has received an outline planning application for the redevelopment of The Beehive Centre in the Petersfield Ward of Cambridge.

A design code for North Cambridge neighbourhoods: Help shape the future of Arbury, King’s Hedges and West Chesterton (10 August 2023).

As part of a national Design Code Pathfinder Programme, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning (GCSP) and Cambridge City Council are intending to collaboratively produce a design code for parts of North Cambridge to help guide improvements over the coming years.

News and updates about Darwin Green (25 July 2023)

This page contains meeting notes and updates regarding the Darwin Green development.

ISO Certification for Greater Cambridge Shared Planning (18 July 2023)

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning has been certified by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). ISO certification is a demonstrable badge of credibility and trust.

Statement on growth of Greater Cambridge in response to national media coverage (10 July 2023)

South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council have both released statements further to a report in the Sunday Times about government intentions for housing growth.

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment (12 June 2023)

Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District councils have commissioned Arc4 to carry out a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment, to help both councils understand the accommodation needs of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across Greater Cambridge.

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Empowers Members with Key Training for Effective Planning Decisions (9 June 2023)

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning (GCSP) hosted its annual member training sessions, including an in-person event at the Council Chamber in Cambourne.

£290,000 funding allowance awarded to Greater Cambridge Shared Planning for advances in digital consultation (10 May 2023)

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has awarded Greater Cambridge Shared Planning (GCSP) £290,000 of funding to improve feedback processes for its emerging Local Plan.  

Fulbourn's special qualities further protected (3 April 2023)

A new Neighbourhood Plan for the village of Fulbourn has been formally adopted by South Cambridgeshire District Council – and will help shape future development and protect the local environment.

Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards 2023 (14 March 2023)

The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service and the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry are pleased to publish the winners of the Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards 2023.

Green light for Northstowe temporary community centre plans (9 March 2023)

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s plans for a temporary community centre at Northstowe have been approved by its Planning Committee.

Briefing session - Section 106 101 - Everything you need to know about Planning Obligations (27 February 2023)

On the 23 February 2023, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning, with South Cambs District Council, Cambridge City Council and BNP Paribas Real Estate, hosted ‘Section 106 101 - Everything you need to know about Planning Obligations’ at the Council Chamber in Cambourne.


Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Local Land Charges team shortlisted for national award (27 February 2023)

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning has made the shortlist for the Local Authority Searches Team of the Year Award, at the 2023 Land Data Awards for Excellence.


Community invited to comment on updated Conservation Area Appraisals for Sawston and Hauxton (22 February 2023)

The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service is asking the people of Sawston and Hauxton for your views on architectural and historic sites within the 2 Conservation Areas.


Celebrating a win at the Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship Awards (9 February 2023)

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning's (GCSP) Senior Planning Officer Tom Chenery won the 'Working with People' award in the Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023.


Greater Cambridge Shared Planning wins the ‘Inspire Future Generations’ National Award (12 December 2022)

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning’s (GCSP) Principal Urban Designer Bonnie Kwok won the ‘Individual of the Year’ award in the Inspire Future Generations National Awards.

New plan passed to protect character and environment in West Wickham (22 September 2022)

A new Neighbourhood Plan for West Wickham, drawn up by members of the community, has been formally adopted. The plan sets out how residents want to shape future development in the area – while also working to protect the local environment.


Thousands of comments published following Greater Cambridge Local Plan consultation (15 June 2022)

More than 9,000 comments received as part of last year’s consultation into the First Proposals for the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan have been published.


Planning system helps fund GP surgery expansion (13 June 2022)

Nearly £90,000, secured from developers by South Cambridgeshire District Council, has been passed to the NHS to help fund an expansion of a GP surgery.


Top 10 tips to save water for Water Saving Week 2022 (27 May 2022)

As part of Water Saving Week 2022, we are sharing some helpful tips which could help you reduce your water consumption and bills. 


Have your say on the redesignation of the South Newnham Neighbourhood Forum (11 May 2022)

Cambridge City Council has received an application to redesignate the Neighbourhood Forum for the South Newnham Neighbourhood Area in Cambridge. The council would like your views on this application before it considers formally whether to redesignate this forum. 


Waterbeach Neighbourhood Plan adopted (23 March 2022)

Following a referendum for the Waterbeach Neighbourhood Plan on 3 March 2022, the Plan was officially adopted or 'made' at South Cambridgeshire District Council's Full Council meeting on 23 March 2022. 


Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards Ceremony 2022 

The winners of the first Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards – which celebrate the best in placemaking, design and craft skills locally - have been revealed. 


Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service awarded £120,000 in funding from the Design Code Pathfinder Programme (14 March 2022)

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced that £3 million in funding has been awarded to support 25 councils across England, as well as neighbourhood planning groups, to produce local design codes. 

Community invited to comment on Conservation Areas for Chesterton, Linton and Papworth Everard (3 March 2022)

Councillors are asking for people who know Chesterton, Linton and Papworth Everard to feed back on whether the right architectural or historic local features are included in each village’s ‘Conservation Area’, through three consultations which run until Friday 25 March.


Councils respond to Water Resources East’s new plan for water management over 50 years (22 February 2022)

Local Councils have welcomed a long-term plan that aims to help ensure there is enough water in the region – but say it must aim for even higher water efficiency standards.


Annual report shows Greater Cambridge built 1,752 houses and ring-fenced £3.2million for community and infrastructure projects during 2020-2021 (8 February 2022)

The service has published its Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) for 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, which shows progress made against the requirements in the Councils’ current adopted Local Plans 2018. 


Nest boxes, bat boxes and holes in fences for hedgehogs: New planning guidance for Greater Cambridge (7 February 2022)

We outline new planning guidance that aims to better protect and enhance biodiversity when development takes place in the GCSP area. 


Planning permission agreed for 4,000 more homes and facilities at Northstowe (31 January 2022)

Plans for the outline of the Northstowe 3A development were approved by South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee on Friday (28 January).


West Wickham Neighbourhood Plan goes to consultation (18 January 2022)

Residents are encouraged to give their views on the West Wickham Neighbourhood Plan.


Little Shelford Village Design Guide to be adopted (22 December 2021)

A new guide which sets out how future development in Little Shelford must enhance the village is being adopted by South Cambridgeshire District Council.


Submissions open for the 2022 Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards (01 December 2021)

An awards scheme to celebrate Greater Cambridge’s building design and construction industries is now open for submissions. 


Plans for North East Cambridge revised following consultation (23 November 2021)

Proposals for a low carbon development at North East Cambridge have been revised following a major consultation last year, taking on board thousands of comments made by local residents and businesses.  


Fulbourn residents encouraged to participate in village's Neighbourhood Plan consultation (17 November 2021)

Councillors at South Cambridgeshire District Council would like to encourage the local community of Fulbourn to have their say over the draft Fulbourn Neighbourhood Plan.


Residents asked to help shape the future of Greater Cambridge (01 November 2021)

On 1 November 2021 we launched the next stage of the Greater Cambridge Local Plan consultation, called the 'First Proposals'. We now want residents to get involved, in order to help us shape the future of Greater Cambridge.


Greater Cambridge Shared Planning win funding for digital engagement pilot (25 October 2021)

The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service has won funding from the Department of Levelling Up, Homes and Communities to trial out new and innovative ways to widen public engagement with the help of digital tools.


Oxford Cambridge Arc Spatial Framework consultation response published (11 October 2021)

Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils have submitted their joint response to the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Spatial Framework vision consultation following elected member approval.


Local Plan consultation to start in November (01 October 2021)

From 1 November 2021, residents will be encouraged to comment on the First Proposals for the new Local Plan.


Planning policy and guidance being strengthened for rural communities (27 September 2021)

New draft planning guidelines aim to strengthen the distinctive character of three South Cambridgeshire villages, and lead to higher quality development.


Environment put at the heart of Local Plan as possible sites announced (31 August 2021)

A list of potential development sites, chosen to minimise carbon emissions and help Greater Cambridge achieve its goal of a net zero carbon future, has been published as part of the New Greater Cambridge Local Plan.


Residents asked to comment on biodiversity guidance (23 July 2021)

New planning guidance about how to increase biodiversity in new development has been published for public consultation by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service.  


Public asked to support social distancing efforts with return to non-virtual Planning Committees (22 June 2021)

Following updated guidance, the councils have adapted the way they run Planning Committee meetings.


Planners triumph at national awards (11 June 2021)

Greater Cambridge planners are celebrating success at the prestigious Planning Awards 2021, with three projects in the area coming away with awards.


Neighbourhood Plans adopted following strong community support (21 May 2021)

Residents of Cottenham, Histon and Impington now have more of a say over future development in their villages, following the adoption of 2 new Neighbourhood Plans.


Awards season for Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service (19 May 2021)

The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service is celebrating after success at both the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) awards and Planning Awards 2021.


Response to CPRE blogpost (27 April 2021)

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning has issued a statement in response to CPRE's publication of misleading interpretation of data.


Temporary relaxation to non-essential retailers' opening hours from 12 April (6 April 2021)

The government has asked that non-essential retailers are given the opportunity to temporarily extend their daily opening hours from 7am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, to ensure there is a safe retail environment when non-essential shops reopen from 12 April.


Extension to changes to construction working hours (31 March 2021) 

The government has issued guidance extending the changes to construction working hours until 30 September 2021.


2021 Housing Trajectory published (19 March 2021)

The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service has now published its updated housing trajectory and 5-year housing land supply position statement.


North East Cambridge Community Forum launched (23 February 2021)

A new forum, aiming to keep residents and businesses as involved as possible with plans for a low carbon community at North East Cambridge, has been established.


Plans for new village at Bourn Airfield backed by Planning Committee (19 February 2021)

Plans for a new village of around 3,500 homes on the former World War Two Airfield at Bourn have been supported by South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee.


Waterbeach residents invited to join village’s Neighbourhood Plan consultation (16 February 2021)

Councillors are urging residents to comment on the draft Neighbourhood Plan for Waterbeach during a consultation which runs from today (16 February) to 20 April 2021. Read the main article to find out how your voice could help to shape your village.


Councils ask for feedback on Greater Cambridge Chalk Streams report (05 February 2021)

Leading councillors at Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils are urging local communities to comment on the Greater Cambridge Chalk Streams draft report.


Plans for next stage of new town north of Waterbeach supported (01 February 2021)

At South Cambridgeshire District Council's planning committee on Friday 29 January, the plans for the next phase of a new town north of Waterbeach were supported. This new development will see 1,300 affordable homes become available.


Councils encourage communities to help shape environmentally friendly Waste Water Treatment Plant (28 January 2021)

Leading councillors have said they support Anglian Water’s ambition to maximise the environmental benefits from the relocation of their Waste Water Treatment Plant on the edge of Cambridge, and want communities to be fully involved in ensuring this is achieved.


Please comment on our updated Conservation Area Appraisals (18 January 2021)

We are asking residents in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire to have a say about local areas of special architectural or historic interest.


Council welcomes Planning Committee report and says recommendations will be taken forward (5 January 2021)

Councillors have welcomed the findings of an independent review of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee, which says members have “a clear understanding of their role” and “good accountability for their decisions”.


Learning from Northstowe – how to get the best out of design codes (14 December 2020)

One of our urban designers has written a paper on design codes, reflecting on lessons learned from the Northstowe project. Discover more by clicking on the link and reading the paper. 


New town proposals to be considered alongside 650 other suggested locations for new homes and jobs (8 December 2020)

Councillors have reassured residents that proposals published by developers for a 25,000-home town in South Cambridgeshire have absolutely no planning status, and it is far too early to say whether the location is suitable for any development.


Improved planning advice service for Greater Cambridge launched (3 December 2020)

We have updated our pre-application advice service to align this across Greater Cambridge and have enhanced our pre-application service offer.


Time to enter the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards! (24 November 2020)

The 2020 Cambridge Design and Construction awards are now open for entries!


Initial findings published on key topics for Greater Cambridge Local Plan (16 November 2020)

We have just published a range of research developed as part of an important stage of work on the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan. Read the full article to discover how the research will help shape the future of the Greater Cambridge area. 


Great engagement in North East Cambridge Area Action Plan consultation (12 October 2020)

The draft North East Cambridge Area Action Plan (NECAAP) consultation closed on 5 October 2020 following a ten-week consultation. 


Responses published to the emerging Local Plan ‘First Conversation’(16 September 2020)

Thousands of people engaged in the wide-ranging ‘First Conversation’ consultation that took place earlier this year, and we have today (16 September) published the 8,500 responses received on how the new Local Plan should take shape. To find out more information, follow the link to the news article!


Work starts on Inholm, Northstowe's award winning neighbourhood (4 August 2020)

Inholm, the next part of Northstowe new town to be developed, has won a Housing Design Award. Want to know more on this innovative development and award winning development? 


Greater Cambridge Shared Planning response to the Planning Whitepaper 

The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service has released its response on the governments future Whitepaper on Planning. Click on the link to read the full article and the response from our service.


Residents views sought on new low-carbon city district plans (27 July 2020)

The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service has drafted plans for a new city district in North East Cambridge and they now want to know what residents and businesses think of the draft plans. Why not read more and let us know what you think? 


Vision for Northstowe town centre approved (26 June  2020)

A blueprint for Northstowe Town Centre has been approved by South Cambridgeshire District Council – including a vision for it to be ‘connected to nature’. Continue to the main article by clicking the link to read more!


New R&D centre approved at Sawston (25 June 2020)

A new 50,000 square metre research and development centre in South Cambridgeshire has received the green light from Councillors. This will see around 400 jobs created on the former Spicers site.


Silver Jubilee Cup Winners (30 April 2020)

Following a collaborative effort between TOWN, Mole Architects and officers of the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, Marmalade Lane won the prestigious RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup.