Potential development opportunities for multiple landowners within Cambridgeshire
Date of Article
Sep 30 2020
Planning & Development

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Colin Brown
Partner - Head of Planning and Development Division
01223 326826 email me about Colin

Colin is a Partner and was appointed Head of Planning & Development Division in November 2020, he is based out of our Cambridge office.  He has over 25 years’ experience of planning consultancy and has a broad sphere of work.  He acts for a wide range of private, institutional and developer clients and has worked on significant planning applications and appeals.

He regularly instructs Counsel, and has appeared at a number of Local Plan examinations and in Section 78 and other appeals where he has often given evidence.  He carries out much land promotion work and has a strong track record of delivering planning consents taking projects through their entire process from site identification to construction on site.  

Away from work, Colin is Chairman of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and of the Cambridge branch of networking group, Interact.  He is also Chairman of the Dining Rights Committee at the Hawks’ Club, a sporting club in the City for Cambridge University sportsmen. He is a regular, if poor golfer, a keen cyclist and a committed, but somewhat less dangerous skier than he once was.

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Our eastern region professionals are helping landowners realise the development potential of their land following multiple ‘call for sites’ exercises by the Greater Cambridge Authorities (Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Council) in relation to an emerging joint development plan.

An initial publication earlier this month of all sites promoted has highlighted, perhaps inevitably, that a huge number of land bids have been made. The Councils indicate that they are looking for land for between an additional 5,000-30,000 dwelling plots. Cumulatively, the promotions equate to around 220,000 dwelling plots. A key question is just how much additional growth the authorities might plan for and to where this growth will be directed.

Clarity on the matter should be forthcoming in future months. Formal public consultation on the preferred options for the joint development plan is expected in summer or autumn 2021. Later this autumn we may see publication of initial findings of key evidence, including scenarios for the jobs and homes the Councils will plan for, and for strategic spatial options.