- The Greater Cambridge Local Plan (emerging)
- The Local Transport & Connectivity Plan (Cambs & P’boro)
- The Greater Cambridge Partnership Bus Network consultations titled “Making Connections” (along with what look like much-reduced proposals for Cambridge Eastern Access).
These require a huge amount of reading if you want to get into the detail. You don’t have to – but it can help being part of a campaign group such as:
- A local residents’ association (see the Cambridge federation at https://www.fecra.org.uk/)
- Cambridge Cycling Campaign on cycling and walking routes & facilities
- Living Streets – formerly the Pedestrians’ Association (Formed before WWII, they have a Cambridge Branch)
- Cambridge Area Bus Users – if you are interested in campaigning for improved bus services
- Rail Future – if you want a new light rail and/or improved heavy/normal rail services
- Acorn the Community Union – for people in rental accommodation – they have a Cambridge branch
With campaigns generally, rather than spreading your resources and attention too thinly, better to join a very small number and get involved / do things well.
Finally, you can do the unfashionable thing and join a political party.
The big three past development plans – Davidge, Holford & Wright, and finally John Parry Lewis.
- The Cambridgeshire Regional Plan 1934 by W.R. Davidge.
- Cambridge Planning Proposals Part 1, 1950, Holford and Wright
- Cambridge Planning Proposals Part 2, 1950, Holford and Wright
- A guide to the Cambridge Plan, 1956, Derek Senior
- A study of the Cambridge Sub-Region, 1973, John Parry Lewis
All significant for different reasons, all fascinating studies. Davidge’s report curtailed ribbon developments and designated the first areas to be protected from development. Holford & Wright restricted Cambridge’s growth to 100,000 people by the year 2000. John Parry Lewis recommended getting rid of that restriction and planned for a city of 200,000 with a new urban centre. His report was rejected by councillors – but given we are going to be closer to 150,000 people with the 2021 census results due in the next six months, his report is worth looking at again.
Cambridge – the future of the university town post-WWII
Grassroots newsletters and plans – The Kite
- Gradual Renewal of The Kite 1976, Kite Community Council
- Grapevine 10 (1979)
- Grapevine 11 (1979)
- Grapevine 12 (1979)
- Save the Gogs – 1937.
Information and citizens’ guides
- Cambridge Public Services – 1960s.
- A history of Cambridgeshire local government boundaries in maps – 1959.
I will be adding to this list at future dates as and when I digitise / get permission to digitise more documents.