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Public art SPD

The council's Public Art Supplementary Planning Guidance has been superseded through the approval of the Cambridge Local Plan 2006 and the council required a new Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in order to continue to support the delivery of public art in new development and to manage funds commuted to the council via planning obligations (Section 106 Agreements).

The SPD supports citywide Local Plan policy 3/7 (Creating Successful Places), and is a requirement of development in the urban extensions (Local Plan policy 9/3), the Station Area (Local Plan policy 9/9) and as a development principle in the Cambridge East Area Action Plan (Policy CE/2) and the North West Area Action Plan (Policy NW22).

The preparation of the new SPD has provided the council an opportunity to review processes for delivering high quality public art and develop guidance to clarify those processes required to achieve this objective.

The SPD was adopted at the Environment Scrutiny Committee on January 12 2010.

Adoption of the Supplentary Planning Document (SPD) followed a period of public consultation, which took place from 14 April to 26 May 2009.

The consultation led to a number of changes being made to the draft SPD.  The adopted SPD can be viewed by selecting the link below, along with the other documents associated with the adoption of the document:


Purpose of the SPD

The purpose of the Public Art Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is to guide the council in creating and providing public art in Cambridge by setting out clear objectives on public art, a clarification of policies, and the means of implementation. 

It covers public art delivered through the planning process, principally Section 106 Agreements (S106) and other commissioning of public art - eg using the S106 Public Art Initiative (renamed from 'Public Art Initiative Fund') - and outlines public art policy guidance in detail.

The role of the Public Art SPD is to:


  • provide a definition for public art and the explains the purpose of it
  • outline strategic principles and objectives for public art in Cambridge
  • clarify the one percent for art policy
  • provide guidance for the implementation and delivery of public art within council processes and for developers
  • clarify the approval processes for public art including clarifying the role of the council's Public Art Panel
  • provide information about the S106 Public Art Initiatives and clarifies what the monies can be used for
  • provide contacts for support and advice for delivering high quality public art.

Sustainability Appraisal

The Public Art Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been subject to Sustainability Appraisal. This is to ensure that the proposals contained in the document can be considered in light of information on their social, economic and environmental impacts.

The Sustainability Appraisal was made available for consultation at the same time as the draft SPD, and was reviewed following consultation and in the light of subsequent changes made to the SPD.

Contact us

If you require any further details on the Public Art Supplementary Planning Document, please contact us:

Email: publicart@cambridge.gov.uk
Telephone: 01223 457989


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