On 14 July 2021, The Academy of Urbanism and Planning Officers Society ran an event to address the role of planning and its ability to deliver what must be a radical and far-reaching vision for this growth area.

Our speakers and panellists were:

  • Adele Maher, Head of the Spatial Framework, Oxford-Cambridge Arc
  • Bev Hindle, Executive Director, Oxford-Cambridge Arc Leadership Group
  • Steve Quartermain CBE, former Chief Planner at MHCLG
  • Stephen Kelly, Joint Director of Planning & Economic Development, Greater Cambridge
  • Jo Lancaster, Managing Director Huntingdonshire District Council, Sponsor, OxCam Arc Place Work stream
  • Vincent Goodstadt, Independent Public Policy Professional, UK2070 Commission, Vice-President of the Town & Country Planning Association, Former President of the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell & Associates, Strategic Planning Specialist for The Planning Officers Society
  • Kevin Murray, Director, Kevin Murray Associates and former Chair of The Academy of Urbanism

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc is a growth region of national importance and the UK Government has made a commitment to prepare a Spatial Framework and Vision to carry this growth forward.

Challenges that include measures to address climate change and above all else inclusive cities and places where people and communities come first. Will the Spatial Framework and the Vision deliver on these goals and bring benefits for everyone? Is there a common purpose? Is there recognition that to benefit from any prosperity and gain we must be prepared to sign up to a ‘lifestyle contract’ and adapt in many, many different ways?

All our participants are experts in their field and will address these issues and consider some of the key principles that will need to be embedded into the Vision and also how the spatial framework will be structured to deliver them.


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