The long-term investment strand of the Market Towns Programme was initiated as a result of the Prospectus for Growth reports created in March 2020 (See related links below).
The three market towns of Huntingdon, Ramsey and St Ives were allocated funding to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic through the Accelerated Towns Programme and to begin long-term masterplanning activity in the towns.
Development of three masterplans for Huntingdon, Ramsey and St Ives, focussing on the development of a pipeline of projects to enable the council and stakeholders to pursue funding opportunities, including a range of government opportunities, as they emerge over the coming years, including (but not limited to) the levelling up agenda.
The three documents were created utilising funding received from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA).
Development of draft masterplan documents
In June 2021 Tetra Tech, Steer Economic Consulting and Thomas Lister were engaged to deliver the three draft masterplans. The intention is for these masterplans to provide the basis for aligning regeneration aspirations with funding opportunities over the next number of years. The initial draft documents were developed with early engagement from the relevant town councils, ward members, local stakeholders and residents.
The masterplans comprise:
evidence baseline (social, economic, connectivity, built environment) for each of the three towns
opportunities for regeneration, place shaping, connecting communities and suggestions on a broad range of town centre enhancements
pipeline of projects for each of three towns that could be developed further and delivered over the medium and long terms.
Where are we now - summer 2022
During the summer of 2022 the council will be kicking off a period of engagement with town councils, ward members, local stakeholders and residents to capture feedback which will help to further develop the masterplan documents for each market town.
Have your say
Below you can access the links for the masterplan documents for each individual market town:
Below you can access the links for the baseline reports for each individual market town:
The draft masterplans are now complete and will be shared more widely to enable ward councillors, town councillors, stakeholders and residents to provide their feedback and inform next steps. Feedback will be sought as part of the engagement of a new Huntingdonshire Place Strategy with the opportunity to feed into them through a variety of channels.
If you wish to submit feedback on the masterplan document for one or multiple of the market towns, please fill out the form below and your feedback will be passed to the long-term investment project team and used towards the future progress of the masterplanning work, as well as the District Council’s Place Strategy consultation.