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RTPI Learning Partner Profile - Cambridge City Council

Cambridge City CouncilCambridge is an internationally renowned historic university city with a resident population of around 118,000. It has a buoyant economy and is the premier centre for high tech and biotech activities. The city is at the heart of a major growth area Current official government targets expect Cambridge to have at least 19,000 new homes by 2021 (compared to 2001). The city enjoys an excellent environment and good accessibility to national and international connections.

The City Councils vision for the growth of Cambridge is based on high quality design, sustainability (and sustainable transport), affordable housing, thriving communities and green open spaces across the city. By investing a great deal of energy and commitment in the sustainable growth of Cambridge and drawing on specialist knowledge and expertise, we are aiming for excellence in the planned new neighbourhoods.

Planning and related environmental functions are carried out in the Environment Directorate. Development Service deals with development control, enforcement and building control; Policy and Projects deals with forward planning, research, conservation, landscaping and transport. There is integration across all work on planning and environmental issues. The Joint Urban Design Team provides design advice for developments in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. The team consists of staff from the city council and from South Cambridgeshire District Council. The service ensures that a co-ordinated approach is taken to the design of urban extensions around Cambridge, many of which fall into the two administrative boundaries.

Close working with the surrounding district, South Cambridgeshire, and the County Council, Cambridgeshire, is essential and planning staff work on a range of joint projects with colleagues in these authorities. The Cambridge growth area has its own delivery agency, Cambridgeshire Horizons, which provides further opportunities for innovative partnership working.


Training & development highlights

  • Annual budget allocation for learning and development
  • Training plan from performance review includes formal learning and development
  • PATH Traineeship (Tomorrows Planners programme)
  • Organisational Development Programme

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