The Economic Planning and Housing Group seeks to provide a clear, long-term vision for the sustainable growth of the Cambridge region. It produces and promotes data and research on the region’s economy and its commercial and housing markets to inform spatial planning and housing needs assessment.

The Group puts forward practical solutions to provide more and better affordable housing for workers and is currently exploring the role of Build to Rent in the city. It is also working to support the transition to a low carbon future by cutting carbon emissions in housing.

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*: Jonathan Bayfield, Head of UK Research
  • Bidwells*: Rob Hopwood, Partner (Planning Dept.) / Guy Kaddish, Head of Cambridge Planning / Sebastian Corke, Graduate Residential Development Surveyor
  • BioMed Realty*: Matt Smith, Director
  • Birketts*: Tom Newcombe, Partner
  • British Land*: Amber Morley, Strategic Executive
  • Brookgate*: Jon Wooles, Group Finance Director
  • Bruntwood SciTech*: Jamie Clyde, Director, Southern Region and Innovation Services
  • Cambridge Ahead Honorary Vice-Chairs*: Matthew Bullock / Peter Landshoff, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Physics & a Fellow of Christ's College /  Rory Landman
  • Cambridge City Council: Fiona Bryant, Strategic Director / Claire Flowers, Head of housing development agency / Helen Reed, Housing Strategy Manager
  • Cambridge Housing Society: Stephen Hills, Operations Director
  • Cambridge University Hospitals Partnership, Dr Kristin-Anne Rutter , Executive Director / Araminta Ledger, Director of Campus Development
  • Carter Jonas*: Colin Brown, Partner
  • University of Cambridge*, Centre for Business Research: Dr Andy Cosh / Giorgio Caselli,
  • Connecting Cambridgeshire: Noelle Godfrey, Head of Digital Infrastructure  
  • University of Cambridge*, Dept. of Architecture: Dr Ying Jin
  • First Intuition*: Stuart Brown, Regional Managing Director
  • Greater Cambridge Partnership: Niamh Matthews, Strategic Programme and Commissioning Manager
  • Hill Group*: Andy Hill, Group Chief Executive / Chloe Houston, Development Manager
  • Homes England: Damon Smith, Senior Development Manager
  • Howard Group*: Werner Baumker, Group Director - Property
  • Jesus College*: Richard Anthony, Bursar
  • JLL*: Nick Whitten, Head of UK Residential and Living Research
  • Lands Improvement Holdings: Kathryn Turner, Head of Planning
  • Marshall of Cambridge*: Liz Roche, Finance Director
  • Mick George*: Michael George, Managing Director
  • Mills and Reeve*: Peter Seaborn, Partner / Andrew Wood, Partner
  • Morgan Sindall*: Matt Dunkley , Regional Design Lead - Construction East / James Curtis, Business Development Coordinator
  • 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 / Abigail Jones, Associate and Development Dept. / Jim Ward, Director of Research and Consultancy
  • Socius Development Ltd*: Barry Jessup, Managing Director / Doug Higgins, Project Director
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council: Julie Fletcher, Head of Housing Strategy
  • St. John's College*: Chris Ewbank, Senior Bursar
  • The Crown Estate*: Lucy Eaton, Head of Strategy & Business Development - Regional
  • The Jockey Club*: William Gittus, Group Property Director
  • Trinity College*: Richard Turnill, Senior Bursar
  • U+I* / TOWN: Jonny Anstead, Founding Director of Town / Mike Bodkin, Head of Planning
  • Urban & Civic*: Caroline Foster, Senior Development Manager
  • SQW: Bill Wicksteed, Director

* Member/Member organisation

Cambridge Ahead:

  • Jane Paterson-Todd, CEO
  • Dan Thorp, Director of Policy and Programmes
  • Lawrence Morris, Manager of Policy and Programmes
  • Matilda Becker, Policy Officer

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