To influence current policy based on experiential and empirical understanding of how current and expected future population and employment growth impacts on the housing market. 

Housing Project Group Chair: Dr Sue Chadwick, Strategic Planning Advisor, Pinsent Masons

Sue is a planning solicitor with more than 25 years of experience working with local authorities and in private practice, including project management of the Grand Arcade retail regeneration of Cambridge City Centre. She currently works as a Strategic Planning Adviser with Pinsent Masons.

Sue read English at Cambridge and has a PhD in planning law. Her previous academic experience includes lecturing for the Department of Land Economy (Paper 14) and she currently delivers training for MBL seminars and the Local Government Group of the Law Society. Her first book “In my Backyard: A Practical Guide to Neighbourhood Plans” was published in 2018 and her next one on planning decisions is due to be published in autumn 2019. 

Project Team Members

Colin Brown – Partner, Carter Jonas*
Fiona Bryant – Strategic Director, Cambridge City Council
Matthew Bullock* − Master, St Edmund’s College
Dr Gemma Burgess - Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge*
James Buxton − Executive Chairman, Pigeon Investment Management*
Martin Clark – Deputy CEO & Director of Impact Innovation, Allia*
David Fletcher - Senior Associate Director, Strutt & Parker*
Emma Fletcher – Managing Director, SmithsonHill
Julie Fletcher – Head of Housing Strategy, South Cambs District Council
Terry Fuller − Executive Director, East & South East, Homes & Communities Agency
Emma Grima - Director Commercial, East Cambridgeshire District Council
Suzanne Hemingway − Strategic Director, Cambridge City Council
Andy Hill − Group CEO, Hill Partnerships*
Stephen Hills − Operations Director, Cambridge Housing Society Group
Richard Howe − Managing Director, Marshall Group Properties Cambridge*
William Jewson − Development Director, Howard Group*
Tim Leathes – Development Director, Urban & Civic*
Niamh Matthews – Strategic Programme and Commissioning Manager, Greater Cambridge City Deal
Tom Newcombe – Partner, Birketts*
Jane Paterson-Todd − CEO, Cambridge Ahead*
Richard Powell – Managing Director, Latchmoor Properties Limited
Alex Robinson - Director of Development, Grosvenor*
Peter Seaborn - Partner, Mills & Reeve*
Mike Shaw − Director of Strategic Development, Savills*
Bill Wicksteed - Founder & Senior Advisor, SQW
Jon Wooles − Group Finance Director, Brookgate*
Andrew Wood – Partner, Mills & Reeve*

* Member/Member organisation

Project Overview

The Housing Group recognises the need for Cambridge Ahead and its Project Groups to promote debate and bring about change. We will operate disruptively where necessary, but always with recognition of the need to promote the health and well-being of all Cambridge employees and residents, underlining the need for quality of build, as well as quantity. The Housing Group will also consider how the policy framework can be shaped to help meet the resulting challenges.

Progress to date

During 2018, one of our key objectives was to provide relevant input into the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Independent Economic Review on housing. One such output was a roundtable on ‘Future Living’ with an invited audience of under-35's to understand their views on housing and tenures, location and house type, transport and engagement with millennials. We concluded “the way millennials view the housing market reflects their modern lifestyles… Living in central, well-connected and vibrant areas is important for many young professionals and as such, sacrificing lifestyle in order to save for a home, or commuting longer distances to access more affordable locations, are not likely to be high on their agenda.”

There remains ongoing dialogue on the opportunity of key worker housing, but the financial modelling is making this difficult to progress at this stage. We have also assembled evidence on housing needs and opportunities so that, as and when opportunities arise to compete for further government support, the facts are available to ensure that strong bids for Cambridge are submitted in a timely manner.

Into the Future


We will be investigating three key themes:

  1. New Markets

This theme intends to explore the needs of emerging new markets more fully and specifically in relation to Cambridge, to include expansion of the Future Living project, suitable age-friendly housing for older people, and expansion of the Housing Group membership to include funders.

  1. New Tenures

Following the release of the National Planning Policy Framework, there is increasing interest in products such as Build to Rent and Private Market Rent, and in promoting residential development in a new way, such as through a Community Land Trust. To ensure inclusivity in our work, we will begin to investigate this with a workshop involving representatives from academic, local government, developers, housing associations and funders to explore one or more scenarios for mixed tenure developments, with the aim of proposing practical guidance for turning aspirations into viable land restrictions.

  1. New Buildings

The technological revolution is well underway and the change that will result is relevant to planning – whether that is the introduction of Autonomous Vehicles, the use of robots and AI in construction management, the use of modular homes constructed off site or building in a digital layer to all new developments. We will work with the Technology Advisory Group to investigate and take full advantage of technological advancements.


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