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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan: Issues and options consultation

Open from 11 February to 25 March 2019.

We and South Cambridgeshire District Council are jointly preparing a North East Cambridge Area Action Plan, which will form part of our overall development plan for the area.

Consultation information

We want your views about opportunities for development of the area west of the new Cambridge North Station, together with Cambridge Science Park.

Our plans explore how this area could be transformed into a pedestrian- and cycle-friendly district, creating the opportunity for thousands of new energy efficient homes and jobs. All would be supported by new community and leisure facilities, shops, and green spaces.

Our vision: ‘North East Cambridge will be a socially and economically inclusive, thriving, and low-carbon place for innovative living and working; inherently walkable where everything is on your doorstep.’

If you have any questions about this consultation, contact the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service at or 01223 457200.

Have your say

We have prepared a North East Cambridge Area Action Plan: Issues and Options 2019 Report. This identifies the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the area and sets out the different ways (options) these could be responded to.

We have set out some questions we would like your views on. You can answer all or just those of interest to you, as well as offering up any other information you think we should consider.

The Issues and Option 2019 document explains that the proposed Area Action Plan boundary is to include the Cambridge Northern Fringe East area allocated in the Local Plans and the Cambridge Science Park. Views are sought on this.

You can give your views using Engagement HQ, an interactive tool that allows you to add your comments to a map of the site and surrounding area. You can do this by dropping pins on specific locations to tell us what you think currently works well, the key issues as well as your ideas for change. To help, we have colour coded the pins based on broad themes such as transport, green space and housing. Just drag and drop the pin and share your views with us and others:

Add comments on Engagement HQ

Or, you can view the documents and have your say using our online consultation system:

Add comments using our consultation system

Alternatively, you can:

Representations, including names, will be available to view on the councils’ websites. Full representations including addresses will also be available to view on request. Our privacy notice for planning policy consultations and notifications sets out how your personal data will be used and by whom.

You can submit comments until 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

Consultation documents


If you wish to have an informal conversation with members of the project team, come along to one of our exhibition events:

  • Monday 25 February, 2 to 8pm at Milton Community Centre, Coles Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6BL
  • Wednesday 27 February, 6.30 to 8.30am and 4 to 7.30pm at Cambridge North Station, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WZ
  • Friday 1 March, 10am to 4pm at St John’s Innovation Centre, Johnson Room, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS
  • Tuesday 5 March, 10am to 4pm at Trinity Centre, Suite 12, 24 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0FN
  • Thursday 7 March, 6 to 8pm at North Area Committee, Shirley Centre, Nuffield Road, Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 1TF
  • Tuesday 12 March, 4 to 7pm at Brown’s field Youth and Community Centre, 31A Green End Road, Cambridge CB4 1RU
  • Thursday 14 March, 2 to 8pm at Nuns Way Pavilion, Nuns Way, Cambridge, CB4 2NR

The exhibition boards are also available to download:

Why has the name changed?

The plan is referred to as the Cambridge Northern Fringe Area Action Plan in our Local Development Scheme. Reflecting the more comprehensive vision being envisaged for the area, and the need to integrate development better with surrounding communities, we consider that the plan should be renamed the ‘North East Cambridge Area Action Plan’.

What happened to the comments I made in 2014?

We first carried out a consultation on Cambridge Northern Fringe East Area Action Plan: Issues and Options in 2014, and we have considered that feedback. Responding to the changing circumstances, we have now drawn up a new vision and objectives for the plan and identified a range of issues and options, the response to which will influence the strategy to be taken forward as the plan is prepared.

Next steps

We will consider all comments we receive, and your feedback will help inform the preparation of a draft area action plan. We might undertake a further public consultation in spring 2020, before moving to the formal stages of a Proposed Submission plan and examination.

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