Growing Fenland is a project to create four separate 'Masterplans for Growth' for each of Fenland's market towns - March, Wisbech, Chatteris and Whittlesey
The Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough awarded funding to Fenland District Council to create the four plans. These aim to maximise regeneration of the towns and their potential as vibrant places to live, work and relax.
The masterplans examine the needs of each town and look at how investment in education and skills, commercial and industrial development and new transport initiatives could help stimulate growth and create more jobs. They also identify potential improvements and opportunities for growth, developing a case to attract additional funding to help deliver their ambitions.
The plans were developed by leading economic analysts Metro Dynamics with dedicated Growing Fenland Stakeholder Teams in each of the four towns. These were comprised of Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Combined Authority representatives, along with town, district and county councillors and business and community representatives.
The masterplans for all 4 towns have now been approved by the relevant town councils, Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and the Combined Authority. The next stage of the process is for each Town Team to bid for funding from the Combined Authority, following the approval of the CPCA Market Towns Programme - Investment Prospectus 2020 at the CPCA Board Meeting held on 3 June 2020. This will enable specific projects to be delivered in each of our market towns, helping to stimulate economic recovery and growth in these challenging times.