Heritage Watch group

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CambridgePPF seek to managing change within and around the City. It is a fine balancing act between the built heritage that makes Cambridgeshire such a special place to live and work versus the pressures on growth and transport. 

The Heritage Watch group falls within our Planning Committee and is made up of a great group of passionate and knowledgeable volunteers. We are the only voice for Heritage in the City of Cambridge and its surrounds who do not have a commercial interest. We also seek to champion quality design and materials, promote the area’s heritage through commenting on planning and listed building applications, including those within conservation areas. 

Buildings of Local Interest (BLI)

References on local listing:

Cambridge City Council website:



Cambridge City Council’s Building of Local Interest Register:

Base Line BLIs – v2 – 08.01.14_0


Historic England’s advice on local listings:

Historic England Local Heritage Listing advice

Heritage Watch Achievements

  • Protecting Grantchester Meadows from development through the purchase in the 1930s of restrictive covenants so that the much loved Meadows can be enjoyed by the public for ever
  • Saving the Gog Magog Hills from the threat of housing development in the 1950s and creating Cambridge’s first Country Park at Wandlebury
  • Instigating the creation of the Cambridge Green Belt in the 1970s which still protects the setting of the historic city
  • Being appointed guardian of the Leper Chapel by Cambridge University
  • Saving Hinxton Mill from demolition and restoring it to its former glory
  • Purchasing Bourn Mill with a cash gift awarded to the charity
  • Creating Coton Countryside Reserve – demonstrating that Green Belt land can be managed with imagination to balance agriculture, wildlife conservation and public access
  • Contributing to the 2006 Green Infrastructure Strategy to encourage the creation of additional green open spaces across Cambridgeshire
  • Influencing the strategic planning of Cambridge as a compact, dynamic city with its historic centre protected by its Green Belt as manifest in the 2014 Local Plans
  • The only voice at the Examination In Public of the 2014 Local Plans speaking on behalf of the citizens of Cambridge with no commercial conflict of interest.

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