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Ugrading EPC F&G rented homes

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The majority of homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are rented rather than owned. Their occupants often get frustrated because they feel they feel powerless to improve their home’s energy efficiency and nervous about asking landlords to improve things. However this is about to change. There is a little known regulation that sets a Minimum Energy […]

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Environmental Credentials of the Combined Authority and Greater Cambridge Partnership

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The future framework of transportation within Cambridgeshire could be decided by two events taking place before year end. The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) local transport plan (LTP) went out for consultation in June and is accepting comments up until September 27, 2019. Implementing the LTP is important to the CPCA in order that […]

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A Plan for getting to Net Zero.

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Despite widespread local concerns, targets imposed by Whitehall mean that 33,500 new homes have to be built in Greater Cambridge (ie South Cambs and Cambridge City) by 2031.  There was infuriatingly little democratic accountability in setting this target, but we do have a real opportunity to influence the sort of homes that get built. This […]

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Decarbonising the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan

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In summer 2019 Greater Cambridge is currently in the early stages of developing a new Greater Cambridge Local Plan, identifying the issues and options to be considered, before the first formal public consultation in Autumn 2019. This process is important, because the Local Plan will guide development for around a decade, and it sets the […]

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Listen to the Kids

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The school children’s strike is deeply ironic.  For the ‘school run’ as parents deliver and collect their children to school makes victims of them all.  This collective enterprise by parents is actually poisoning and damaging their own children as well as their fellow pupils, the school staff and premises.  The ‘school run’ parents are unaware […]

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The house at Poo corner?

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I was pleased to see the recent headlines about creating a new “Low Carbon District” on the site of the current sewage works near Cambridge North station. However, as in so many things, the devil is in the detail. The publicity so far has talked about the new district being designed to encourage walking and […]

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Christmas Quiz: The Offsetting Problem

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A Cambridge entrepreneur (Dr Arith Metic) has a successful AI business (“Impossible Blue”) established on the Cambridge Science Park). He receives regular enquiries and orders from the US, as a reult of which he makes three economy class Stansted to San Francisco flights a year. He expects to be making the same number of flights […]

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Waterbeach New Town needs much higher ambition

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We have submitted a response to the consultation on the Waterbeach New Town SPD.  This is important, because the South Cambs local plan has agreed that 8000-9000 new homes will be built on the old Waterbeach baracks site. This SPD (Supplementary Planning Document)  matters, because it will influence the decisions on planning applications here for […]