Welcome to the Let's Talk Conversation Page!
Thanks for your contributions to our Let's Talk conversation exploring what we want our district to look like in 5-10 years' time. The deadline for responses closed on 1 September 2017, and we're now analysing what you've told us to identify some key themes to reflect in our new Corporate Plan, which will be published in November. We'll publish a summary of responses on this page, and how we're using them to inform our new plan, when the final report is available in early November. We continue to welcome general and specific feedback about the Council and its services in the meantime: go back to the 'Feedback' page to find out how.
South Cambridgeshire – Overview
South Cambridgeshire is a vibrant rural district consisting of over 100 villages in an area of approximately 350 square miles of countryside, completely surrounding Cambridge City. These villages vary in size and character from relatively isolated, outlying rural settlements, to larger settlements situated on major routes into Cambridge and new developments on the city fringe.
Each settlement has its distinctive characteristics; however, each shares a strong sense of community and a shared willingness to work together to improve the local economy and environment for everyone.
What do you love about living in South Cambridgeshire?
What makes your community a great place to live now and why?
How can we preserve and enhance what is important to you whilst the district is changing?
We provided a Comments Form for you to give us your views and ideas, and will be repeating the exercise in future years.
A summary of the district can be found below.
The population of South Cambridgeshire is growing. In 2011 it had a population of 146,800 (larger than Cambridge). By 2026 it is projected that it will have risen to 183,200. This growth will have significant impacts on many aspects of the district from housing and jobs to transport and the environment.
With 19,500 homes being built between 2011 and 2031, housing affordability remains one of the greatest challenges for South Cambridgeshire. With projected population growth and a buoyant economy, the ability to access housing is becoming increasingly difficult, from those on the lowest of incomes to average income working households and people wanting to move to this area to live and work from other parts of the country.
South Cambridgeshire is a prosperous area with high levels of economic activity (81,200 jobs in 2011) and low levels of unemployment. The district’s economy is thriving; however, it does not operate in isolation. The availability of housing and a functioning transport network are amongst the key factors that will help to ensure that growth continues.
The transport choices we make are a key factor in achieving sustainable development and can have a direct impact, through congestion and vehicle emissions, on quality of life and the environment. Cambridge is one of the most congested cities in the country, with a growing population and demand for housing, so we need solutions to keep the area moving.
Community, Health and Wellbeing
South Cambridgeshire is a healthy area, one of the least deprived in England, with high life expectancy compared with national rates and with the lowest crime rate in Cambridgeshire. A hidden pepper pot of need and deprivation can however be found at local level.
Economic and housing growth has and will impact on the environment of South Cambridgeshire. The management of this growth over the next few years will be key to determining whether the character of the natural and built environment and the biodiversity of the district will be retained, altered or enhanced in the future.
About your Council
To balance South Cambridgeshire District Council’s budget, in the region of £2 million of further savings or new income must be generated by the end of 2021/22. Identifying alternative methods of delivery and finding innovative ways to generate income and make savings will be vital in ensuring local services continue to be viable.