What we do
Here at Cambridge Past, Present & Future we seek to influence the planning of new developments and the design of new communities in and around Cambridge, so that they are of the highest possible quality in terms of urban planning, architectural and landscape design and community facilities. We want places for people to live and work that maintain and enhance the quality of the city’s historic core and its conservation areas; offer green spaces for people to explore; and respect the compact nature of the city. We believe in high quality design and common sense.
Since 1928 CambridgePPF have worked alongside the planning committees of successive local councils, landowners and developers, discussing future developments and how best to shape them before they get to planning application stage. Over recent years we have engaged with many local residents associations and groups as well as numerous local bodies including the city’s Sustainable City Biodiversity Group; the Green Infrastructure Forum; the Local Strategic Partnership; the Design and Conservation Panel; the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Cambridge Ahead.
Most recently, CambridgePPF have become key stakeholders during the Examination of the Local Plans for both South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council. Submissions and responses to all Matters and sitting as witness during the process is a great example of the status our Planning Committee have gained. In addition, there has been significant involvement with the Greater Cambridge City Deal infrastructure proposals where at least two of the areas of focus are located either on land CambridgePPF own or land we hold under covenants.
In addition, CambridgePPF engage with the local communities and councils on heritage assets, whether formally designated or not. Despite limited resources and reliance on the generous time of our volunteers, CambridgePPF have also been involved in numerous heritage related projects, such as the Landbeach Tithe Barn, Hodson’s Folly and assisting the City Council with their updating of the Building of Local Interest list.
CambridgePPF also chair the East of England Civic and Amenity Societies (EECAS) – an informal regional cluster of active civic and amenity groups.