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People & Communities

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? - Winter 2022

During the autumn of 2022, we held a period of engagement with town councils, ward members, local stakeholders and residents to capture feedback which help develop the masterplan documents for each market town.

We would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on the masterplans. Your feedback is extremely important to us and will inform how we progress the ideas presented in the masterplans.

We will keep you update on the progress and development of the plans via our bimonthly newsletter, social media, local press and also via our website. Sign up to the Market Towns newsletter mailing list.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact the Market Towns Programme Team at

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:

If you would like a copy of a masterplan document sent to you, please email and include which document you would like. We will provide a version for you to download or print.

The deadline for submitting feedback on the draft masterplan documents has now passed. We will be working to create a summary report of all the responses which we will share upon completion.

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