City Council and County Council Committees

This article was published in 2013, in Newsletter 110.

There are a number of Cambridge City Council and County Council committees which often include cycling and walking issues, which Campaign members are encouraged to attend. The descriptions of the following committees and information on dates and venues have been taken from www.cambridge.gov.uk/democracy. Agendas are usually available there about a week in advance and minutes of meetings are also available.

Area Committees

These are made up of the appropriate city councillors. The relevant county councillors are co-opted and may participate in all items, but are only allowed to vote on Police and Safer Neighbourhoods items.

East Area Committee: Coleridge, Romsey, Petersfield and Abbey Wards. Usually meets on a Thursday at 7.00pm in Cherry Trees Day Centre.

North Area Committee: East Chesterton, West Chesterton, Kings Hedges and Arbury Wards. Usually meets on a Thursday at 6.30pm. The venue varies.

South Area Committee: Cherry Hinton, Trumpington and Queen Ediths Wards. Usually meets on a Monday at 7.30pm in Cherry Hinton Village Centre.

West/Central Area Committee: Castle, Market and Newnham wards. Usually meets on a Thursday at 7.00pm in the Club Room, Wilberforce Road Sports Ground, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0EQ.

Development Control Forum

A development control forum is a meeting where petitioners can present their views to councillors, planning officers and the applicant some weeks before a planning application is finally determined. The aim of the forum is to allow early discussion of the planning issues raised by petitioners and to explore the scope for building consensus and for resolving concerns. It is an informal meeting and the forum does not determine the application. A formal committee ultimately determines the application. Usually meets on a Wednesday at 10.00am in Committee Room 1 & 2 in the Guildhall.

Development Plan Scrutiny Subcommittee

The Development Plan Scrutiny Sub-committee is a subcommittee of the Environment Scrutiny Committee and works with the Executive Councillor for Planning and Sustainable Transport to prepare a detailed response to the county council’s structure plans and to carry out detailed work in developing the Local Plan. Usually meets on a Tuesday at 4.30pm in Committee Room 1 & 2 in the Guildhall.

Environment Scrutiny Committee

The Environment Scrutiny Committee consists of nine councillors who scrutinise the decisions of the Executive Councillor for Environmental and Waste Services and the City and County Council committees.

Executive Councillor for Planning and Climate Change. Usually meets on a Tuesday at 5.00pm in Committee Room 1 & 2 in the Guildhall.

Joint Development Control – Cambridge Fringes -Development Control Forum

A joint development control forum is a meeting where petitioners can present their views to councillors, planning officers and the applicant some weeks before a planning application is finally determined by the Joint Development Control – Cambridge Fringes Committee. The aim of the forum is to allow early discussion of the planning issues raised by petitioners and to explore the scope for building consensus and for resolving concerns. It is an informal meeting and the forum does not determine the application. A formal committee ultimately determines the application. Usually meets on a Wednesday at 10.00am in Committee Room 1 & 2 in the Guildhall.

Joint Development Control Committee – Cambridge Fringes

The Joint Development Control Committee comprises members appointed by the city and county councils and South Cambridgeshire District Council. Meetings are usually on a Wednesday at 10.30am either in Committee Room 1 & 2 in the Guildhall or the Kreis Viersen Room in Shire Hall.

Members Cycling Steering Group

The Cycling Steering Group is made up of councillors whose interests and committee membership are related to cycling and urban planning. The group also includes the Executive Councillor for Planning and Sustainable Transport, the council’s Cycling Champion and cycling and walking officers. The aim of the group is to raise the profile of cycling, by greater member participation in the planning and implementation of cycle schemes and the promotion of cycling in Cambridge.

Planning Committee

The Planning Committee meets each month to deal with major planning applications. Members of the public who have written to the planning officer are able to speak for or against applications, and these views are taken into account when the councillors make their decisions. Minor planning applications are dealt with by the relevant area committees or by senior planning officers under delegated powers. Usually meets at 9.30am on a Wednesday in Committee Room 1 & 2 in the Guildhall.

Monica Frisch