What we do
CambridgePPF supports the growth of the Greater Cambridge area (Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire) but seeks to ensure that the scale and speed of this growth is genuinely sustainable in terms of the supporting infrastructure and that it does not materially harm the quality of life of current residents. We do not support a dash for growth that will generate long-term harm to character and ambience of the area.
We seek to influence the planning of new developments to ensure that future growth can be assimilated by the physical and social infrastructure of the area. We work with developers and planners to influence 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 so as to produce vibrant communities where people want to live.
We want places for people to live and work that respect the compact nature of the City and the integrity of its Green Belt; that enhance the quality of the city’s historic core and its conservation areas; and that offer green spaces for people to explore and enjoy. We believe in high quality design and common sense. We do not believe in growth at any cost.
Since 1928, CambridgePPF has 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 Authority and independent organisations engaged in the City’s future to influence planning policies and to seek collaboration for joint initiatives including the Greater Cambridge City Deal, the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership, the University of Cambridge, the City’s Design and Conservation Panel, Cambridge Ahead, the Green Infrastructure Forum, the Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations, and many others.
Currently, CambridgePPF has been playing a key role in the Examination in Public of the Local Plans up to 2031 for both Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council. Submissions and responses to all Matters raised by the Inspectors and the presentation of verbal evidence at the public Hearings is a great example of the status our Planning Committee has gained over the years. Indeed CambridgePPF has frequently been the lone voice representing the people of Cambridge against the pressures from the developers for an even greater, and in our opinion unsustainable, rate of growth.
CambridgePPF is also playing a lead role with the Greater Cambridge City Deal whose infrastructure proposals are intended to provide the essential transport improvements in support of the Councils’ Local Plans. We have consistently pressed the City Deal Board to adopt a more transparent and open approach to its decision making as a means of restoring some of the public credibility that its actions have forfeited. We have become particularly involved where CambridgePPF itself owns land, or holds covenants on land, acquired by our predecessors to prevent urban spread, which could now be subject to City Deal developments.
Through the creation of its Heritage Watch group, CambridgePPF is actively engaged with the Local authorities and with local communities in protecting the historic environment, whether formally designated or not. This includes assessments of Conservation Areas, reviews of Buildings of Local Interest, identification of neighbourhood heritage assets, and responding to planning applications involving heritage sites. With the generous time of our volunteers, CambridgePPF has undertaken a number of heritage projects, such as the Landbeach Tithe Barn, Hodson’s Folly, and the enhanced use of the Market Square as part of the public realm. CambridgePPF also chairs the East of England Civic and Amenity Societies (EECAS) – an informal regional cluster of active civic and amenity groups.