The community meeting Queen Edith’s Beyond 2016 took place on 13 July 2016 and was attended by well over 100 people. Thank you all for making the effort – we hope it was worthwhile.
Here is the video of the evening.Â Thanks to Antony Carpen for recording it for us. If you’re a regular YouTube user, subscribe to his channel!
Here is the handout map which was distributed to everyone who attended the meeting. It’s quite large (4.6Mb, PDF) but is quite detailed. Something to browse while you listen to the recording!
The Queen Edith’s Community Forum has prepared this summary of the most significant development projects likely to affect our neighbourhood. As you can see from ourÂ map above, the bulk of proposals are being driven by either Cambridge City Council through its Local Plan process; or by the Greater Cambridge City Deal.
Cambridge City Council is collaborating with South Cambridgeshire District Council to agree a Local Plan, the framework document which identifies which sites will be brought forward for housing or employment. In March 2014 the Councils submitted their ’emerging’ Local Plan to an Inspector appointed by central government, who now has to assess whether the Plan does a reasonable job of accommodating pressures for growth while protecting Green Belt land, respecting heritage concerns, etc.
The Inspection process will continue through 2016 and the new Plan may be adopted in 2017. Developers who wish to bring forward proposals on land not currently identified for development can challenge the emerging Local Plan through the Inspection process. If you want to find out more about City Council planning matters, the Councillors for Queen Edith’s ward are:
The Greater Cambridge City Deal is an agreement set up between a partnership of local organisations and Central Government, to help secure future economic growth and quality of life in the ‘Greater Cambridge’ city region (Cambridge City and South Cambs). Funding for infrastructure development will be provided in three tranches: an initial £100 million investment over the five years to 2020; plusÂ a further £200 million will be available from April 2020, and a final £200 million in 2025 if the City Deal can prove success in driving economic growth. The five City Deal partners are:
Cambridge City Council is consulting residents on the government’s proposals for a new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal that would see powers and funding devolved from central government to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.
Cambridge will specifically benefit from a targeted grant of £70m for investment in affordable housing given the high level of house prices in the city. The city council can use this grant to fund new council homes and would plan to deliver at least 500 using this money.
Several public consultations on transport issues are happening this summer:
Cambridgeshire County Council cycle & pedestrian improvements on Queen Edith’s Way (closes 1 August)
City Deal A1307 (Haverhill-Cambridge) transport improvements (closes 1 August)
City Deal ‘Tackling Cambridge Congestion’ Â measures Â (closes 10 October)
Residents parking for the northern end of Queen Edith’s (tbc)
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal (closes 23 August)
The councils involved are asking for our feedback on the various proposals. These usually take the form of online questionnaires, but should also be available in printed form.