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Speakers at a business briefing at Downing College. From left: Councillor Peter Topping (Leader, South Cambridgeshire District Council), Lord Heseltine and Rachel Stopard (Interim Chief Executive, Greater Cambridge Partnership)

Our Big Conversation 

Your place, your roads, your homes - your future. your views count. 

The Greater Cambridge Partnership 

We are a group of local organisations working together to create economic growth and improve the quality of life for all that live in, and use, Greater Cambridge - both for now and for the future. 

We have secured up to £1billion in funding, to 2030, to help create the right conditions to keep Cambridge, and the District a thriving city region and to ensure even more people and businesses benefit from this. 

We are investing in key incentives to growth - better transport links, more housing, a skilled workforce - to grow and share prosperity and opportunities right across the region and to help support the national economy. 

We want to do this in a way which solves the issues you want to solve, improves the services you want to improve, and to create the opportunities you want created.

We are investing:

  • Creating better, greener transport networks to connect more people to where they want to go 
  • Accelerating the delivery of 33,500 new homes
  • Supporting and accelerating the creation of 44,000 new jobs
  • Securing 420 additional apprenticeships by 2020
  • Harnessing and developing 'smart' technology 

Investing in key incentives to growth, better transport links, more housing, and a skilled workforce

Our Big Conversation

Your views count. 

From Monday September 25 to the end of November, we will be asking to have a 'big conversation' with you. We are creating opportunities to have as many conversations as we can. We would like to chat to you about the Greater Cambridge growth story, how this affects you, how the Greater Cambridge Partnership could help, and most importantly, listen to your thoughts for the future of the area. 

We are opening up the conversation to make sure everyone has the opportunity to let us know their needs, have their say, and influence how their future is shaped as we look towards our future investment plans. 

Make your views count by joining our big conversation:

A detailed schedule of Big Conversation community pop-ups and business briefings can be found on our events page.

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Big Conversation events

21 Nov 2017
10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Big Conversation at Foxton Village Hall

2 Hardman Rd,, Foxton, , Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22 6RN,

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25 Nov 2017
9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

Hack the City Wayfinding Challenge

Cambridge Station, Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2JW,

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30 Nov 2017
2:45 — 7:00 PM

Future of Transport in Cambridge

Block E, Postdoc Centre @ Eddington,, 105 Eddington Place, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 1AS,

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17 Nov 2017
10:00 AM — 3:00 PM

Our Big Conversation - Takeover Challenge

Location to be confirmed

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31 Oct 2017
7:30 — 9:30 AM

Big Conversation Business Briefing, Hinxton Hall

Hinxton Hall, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ,

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Frequently asked questions

  • Join us for a chat at one of our Big Conversation sessions at public places or business briefings all around Greater Cambridgeshire
  • Find us at one of the many local events we are attending
  • Take part in our big travel survey  during October, tell us your travel needs now what they might be in the future
  • Connect with us on Facebook and join us online on a live Facebook video chat
  • Chat to us on Twitter and join in with our Twitter Talk #OurBigConvo #Transport #Housing #Skills #Smart

The big conversation is part of our on-going engagement on our plans and proposals.

There are a number of ways to get involved at any time. 

Yes. While this is not a formal consultation exercise nor a referendum on particular ideas or solutions, we expect it will generate common themes and concerns that will need to be considered as we develop our future strategy and policies.

It will help us understand the wide-ranging needs of people who live, work, study in and visit our area, and how we can make best use of ring-fenced Government funding to achieve the biggest and most effective impact for the future of Greater Cambridge.

There will be a number of ways you can find out more or get involved during this time.

We'll be available to chat to at ‘pop-up’ events in the community, attend planned events elsewhere and through the running of themed presentations and business briefings.

We are currently in discussion with a number of local organisations to find other opportunities for people to get involved.

At the same time, we’ll be working with the local media and providing information and the opportunity for people to get involved or comment via social media channels.

During October, as part of our big conversation, we’ll launch a travel survey to find out people’s travel habits now and what they could look like in the future, including understanding what incentives might motivate people to move from private transport to public transport, cycling or walking.

Our ‘big conversation’ events will run from mid-September through to November 2017.

With its first phase of funding, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is making early investments now to provide short to medium-term solutions that will support growth and quality of life. These include new transport schemes, funding for housing delivery, a local skills service and in harnessing ‘smart’ technology. Information about our current projects can be found elsewhere on our website.

We are now looking to our future and long-term investment strategy, taking us to 2031 and beyond. This provides opportunity for more significant funding and transformative solutions to help keep our city region growing and thriving, and to help you to become a part of this.

Your views and feedback during our ‘big conversation’ will help shape our thoughts on this and help inform the first phase of our future investment strategy in 2018.

Our ‘Big Conversation’ this autumn is your chance to find out more and have your say in the Greater Cambridge growth story.

It will provide you with information and the chance to influence future investment in Greater Cambridge.

The Cambridge city region is one of the fastest growth cities in the UK, bringing jobs and opportunities. But it also brings challenges that can impact on people’s lives and on businesses.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership, which has secured ‘city deal’ funding from Government to support and manage this growth, can make a real difference.

We want to do this in a way which solves the issues you want to solve, improves the services you want to improve, and creates the opportunities you want created.

We want to talk and listen to you – as residents, workers, employers and visitors – to find out your views on what you think could make a difference before we make any decisions on our future investments.


Our Big Conversation events schedule

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List of community and business events in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire for Our Big Conversation.

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