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We hope as many of you as possible will comment on Homes England (the government’s national housing agency), plans for phase 3A of Northstowe. The consultation runs until July 6.

The proposals include:

  • Up to 4,000 homes
  • About 6,000 square metres of shops, offices, R&D space and light industrial areas
  • Two new primary schools
  • Open space including parkland, a skate park, games area, woodlands, allotments and community orchard
  • The retention of the existing military lake, plus a new lake on the site of the former airbase runway
  • Cycle, pedestrian and public transport links to Oakington and Longstanton and the upgraded A14
  • New roads and vehicle links to Dry Drayton Road and the improved A14

To have your say go to and use the reference number 20/02171/OUT.

A separate consultation for phase 3B of Northstowe proposes a further 1,000 homes and is already underway. To comment, use Ref. No: 20/02142/OUT.


East Cambs District Council has been accused of attempting to use the COVID-19 lockdown to bypass normal planning scrutiny. Concerns have been raised over the siting of the platform, car park, and maintenance yard as part of the Soham new station gateway. There are additional serious concerns regarding proposals to build a residential development on environmentally sensitive wetland. Details can be see here: and all interested parties are urged to have their say on using the planning reference number 20/00561/P18.


Monday, 18 May 2020 16:47

Celebrating our Countryside

Written by CambsAdmin


A recent survey[i] showed that in lockdown we are appreciating our green spaces more than ever.  Now a countryside charity has launched a campaign inviting people to help celebrate our county.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CPRE is asking anyone living here to share their photographs, short videos and written memories of the things that make the county special to them.


Alan James, CPRE’s Chairman for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, says all thoughts and memories are welcome, “It may be your local countryside, park or nature reserve,” he said.  “We’re asking you to share pictures of animals, birds or wildflowers, maybe even your own garden. You may want to tell us about local food sources that have made your life easier and healthier.


“We’re all facing uncertain and challenging times.  Many of us are unable to go out as much as we’d like.  Some of us are unable to go out at all. We know that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is a special place, and during these times we have had a chance to pause and to reflect on how important our local countryside is.  Let’s celebrate it”.


There are several ways to join the celebration.  Using the hashtag #lovecambs, tweet to @CPRECambs;  post on CPRE’s Facebook page: CPRECambridgeshireAndPeterborough or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


“Sharing those memories may just make someone in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough feel a little less isolated and just a bit happier” said Alan.

[i] The poll, commissioned by CPRE and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, showed local green spaces have been a haven for many people since lockdown measures began with:


·         53% said they appreciated local green spaces more since the country adopted social distancing measures;

·         57% reported the lockdown has made us more aware of the importance of these local green spaces for our mental health and wellbeing;

·         35% had visited green spaces more since the start of lockdown.


For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact, Alan James

Mob: 07801 880113   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CPRE and the Wildlife Trusts have called on the government to abandon the proposed Oxford-to-Cambridge (Ox-Cam) Expressway.

“Climate change, climate change, climate change” should be the priority for Cambridgeshire as planners start to consult over future development in the south of the county.

CPRE's election manifesto is out and climate change is at the top of the agenda.

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