Strength Through Partnership

Community Facilities

Released on 14 June 2011

Community Facilities for the University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge Development


The University of Cambridge is delivering a major new scheme of student accommodation, research facilities and market housing and, critically, community facilities.


Cearns & Co provided advice and support to a voluntary group of faith representatives on the planning process and facilitated their partnership working to develop the scope of faith facilities to meet the needs of the proposed new community.  The work included developing a paper “Heads of Terms for a North West Cambridge Pastoral Plan” that was fed into the planning process and provided the stakeholders with a foundation to build on.




“Cearns & Co offer sound experience and specialist knowledge in planning projects such as North West Cambridge, when our multi faith group negotiated with developers to secure the good community facilities that they and we wanted to see in place.”

Jenny Kartupelis, MBE MPhil


“I came to know and to value Ed’s breadth of understanding whilst working with a voluntary group of faith representatives who were concerned to speak into the planning process for Northwest Cambridge. Ed was always prepared to commit time and effort, and always concerned to keep pushing for the best possible outcome.  His creativity and professional knowledge have been a tremendous asset to our work, and I commend his services most warmly to prospective clients.”

Peter Hayler, Chaplain to University of Cambridge Staff and co-chair of Faith Communities Representatives for North West Cambridge



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