This week, Cambridge 105, our local community radio station, invited me to take part in a wide-ranging discussion of the planning system.
The show was hosted by Lewis Herbert, City Councillor for Coleridge ward, Leader of the City Council until November 2021 and Director of the Planning Skills training programmes for Place Services. The other contributor was Peter Studdert, a qualified architect and town planner, who served as Director of Planning at Cambridge City Council from 1991-2004 and who has advised a number of Government advisory committees including the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission in 2019/20.
It was a good opportunity to swap views and experiences about the state of planning in England and the implications for Cambridge, particularly with reference to the role played by community involvement, a topic which is very close to my heart.
The show will be repeated on Tuesday (14 March) at 6pm, or you can listen below. We will be recording a follow-up programme – covering the Local Plan process specifically – for broadcast in May. I hope you find it interesting.
In the meantime, if you are interested in following up on any of the links mentioned in the discussion, start here!
- Skeffington Report ‘People and Planning’ (1969)
- Raynsford Review of Planning ‘Planning 2020’ (2018)
- Grosvenor Discussion Paper ‘Rebuilding Trust’ (2019)
- Government guidance on making a Neighbourhood Plan
- Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service advice on making a Neighbourhood Plan
- Cambridge City Council 2018 Local Plan