The Economic Planning and Housing Group combines exploration of the city region’s housing needs with analysis of employment trends and the corporate economy to produce evidence and convene partners around long-term spatial planning for the Cambridge city region. This work is vital to ensuring there is adequate infrastructure for good quality of life in the long-term.

Latest News & Insights

Over time we have built up an archive of useful research, publications and media articles – some our own and some from third parties – that serve as a useful resource for our Members, academics, business and other bodies and people interested in the future of Cambridge.

Economic Planning and Housing Group Chair: Dr Gemma Burgess, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, University of Cambridge

Dr Gemma Burgess is the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge, where she leads a multidisciplinary team working on policy-oriented research projects. Gemma’s research interests include:

- Housing supply and affordability, the planning system, planning obligations, housebuilding
- Housing for an ageing population
- Housing tenure, homelessness, alternative housing models
- Digital innovation, digital inclusion, smart cities, offsite construction, modular housing

Gemma works with a wide variety of public, private and third sector organisations on short term and long term research projects. She is currently a Co-investigator on the £72m Construction Innovation Hub, a partnership between the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), the Building Research Establishment (BRE), and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). The alliance aims to drive transformational innovation in the UK construction industry.


Project Group Members

  • Allia*: Martin Clark, Deputy CEO & Director of Impact Innovation
  • Anglia Ruskin University*: James Rolfe, Chief Operating Officer
  • Aviva Investors*: Sheena Desai, Associate Investment Manager / Josh Robins, Associate
  • Bidwells*: Sebastian Corke, Graduate Residential Development Surveyor / Rob Hopwood, Partner (Planning Dept.) / Guy Kaddish, Head of Cambridge Planning
  • Birketts*: Tom Newcombe, Partner
  • British Land*: Amber Morley, Strategic Executive
  • Brockton Everlast*: Dan Brown, Senior Managing Director, Head of Portfolio / Richard Selby, Chief Investment Officer
  • Brookgate*: Jon Wooles, Group Finance Director
  • Bruntwood SciTech*: Jessica Bowles, Director of Strategy
  • Cambridge Ahead Honorary Members*: Matthew Bullock / Rory Landman
  • Cambridge Biomedical Campus: Nick Kirby, Managing Director
  • Cambridge Building Society*: Fred Holland, Operational Resilience Manager
  • Cambridge City Council: Fiona Bryant, Strategic Director / Claire Flowers, Head of housing development agency / Helen Reed, Housing Strategy Manager / Sam Scharf, Director of Communities
  • Cambridge Housing Society: Stephen Hills, Operations Director
  • Cambridge University Hospitals Partnership: Araminta Ledger, Director of Campus Development / Dr Kristin-Anne Rutter , Executive Director
  • Carter Jonas*: Colin Brown, Partner
  • Connecting Cambridgeshire: Ceren Clulow, Programme Director  
  • First Intuition*: Stuart Brown, Regional Managing Director
  • Greater Cambridge Partnership: Niamh Matthews, Strategic Programme and Commissioning Manager
  • Greater Cambridge Shared Planning: Heather Jones, Deputy Director Planning and Building Quality
  • Hill Group*: Andy Hill, Group Chief Executive / Chloe Houston, Development Manager
  • Homes England: Damon Smith, Senior Development Manager
  • Huntingdonshire District Council: Mike Gildersleeves, Corporate Director (Place)
  • Jesus College*: Richard Anthony, Bursar
  • JLL*: Nick Whitten, Head of UK Residential and Living Research
  • Kadans Science Partner*: Edward Joslin, Development Director
  • Lands Improvement Holdings / Pigeon*: Kathryn Turner, Head of Planning
  • Marshall of Cambridge*: Emile CorkhillSenior Director
  • Mills and Reeve*: Alex Round, Associate / Peter Seaborn, Partner / Andrew Wood, Partner
  • Mission Street*: Artem Korolev, Founder and CEO
  • Morgan Sindall*: James Curtis, Business Development Coordinator / Matt Dunkley, Regional Design Lead, Construction East
  • Mott MacDonald*: Andrew Rawlings, Technical Director
  • No. 6 Developments: Richard Oakley, Director
  • Pigeon Investment Management*: James Buxton, Executive Chairman
  • Rapleys*: Angus Irvine, Partner
  • Savills*: Tom Fraser, Director / Jim Ward, Director of Research and Consultancy
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council: Julie Fletcher, Head of Housing Strategy
  • St. John's College*: Chris Ewbank, Senior Bursar
  • SQW: Bill Wicksteed, Director
  • The Crown Estate*: Michael Thomas, Asset Director
  • This Land*: David Meek, CEO
  • Trinity College*: Richard Turnill, Senior Bursar / Jamie Trivedi-Bateman, Property Investment Manager
  • U+I* / TOWN: Jonny Anstead, Founding Director of Town / Mike Bodkin, Head of Planning / Sarah-Louise Chitty, Senior Development Manager
  • University of Cambridge* (Estates Division): Matthew Johnson, Interim Head of Development – North West Cambridge
  • University of Cambridge*, Centre for Business Research: Giorgio Caselli / Dr Andy Cosh 
  • University of Cambridge*, Dept. of Architecture: Dr Ying Jin
  • Urban & Civic*: Caroline Foster, Senior Development Manager / Paul Mumford, Project Director

* Member/Member organisation

Cambridge Ahead:

  • Dan Thorp, CEO
  • Andrew McGowan, Director of Programmes and Partnerships
  • Alex Rossiter, Senior Policy Manager
  • Emma Pritchard, Policy and Research Officer


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