Cambridge Futures

Integrating strategies

The Cambridge Futures project looked at ways of relieving development pressure in and around Cambridge, in the context of statutory restrictions on growth, including a green belt around the city, and a high degree of perceived community opposition to growth.

A group of local stakeholders, including public and private sector representatives, initiated and managed the project. They developed and evaluated several growth scenarios for the area, including a ‘no growth’ option and a ‘green swap’ option (including development in the green belt). Establishing a genuine choice of options, coupled with a well structured and clearly presented assessment of options, helped the project to get a wide buy in. This opened the door to the statutory planning process, and the project’s results fed into the regional spatial strategy.

Read our case study about Cambridge Futures.

Option 4: ‘green swap’, showing the Cambridge Airport area after the policy is implemented

Option 4: ‘green swap’, showing the Cambridge Airport area after the policy is implemented.
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Option 2: ‘densification’, showing an area in Cambridge after the policy is implemented

Option 2: ‘densification’, showing an area in Cambridge after the policy is implemented.
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