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November 2018

Blueprint for a Better Planning System

Simon Payne attended the Town and Country Planning Association Annual Conference on 22 November 2018.


Kit Malthouse (Minister of State for Housing) was the keynote speaker. He emphasised that his critical mission is to deliver 300k new homes per annum which will require 1m new homes in the pipeline at any one time.  Stating support of the planning profession is key to addressing this objective and he wanted to see more planners in top management teams in local authorities and more routes into joining the profession.


The conference reflected on the fundamental importance of placemaking and quality design in bringing forward significant increases in housing delivery.

October 2018

Parliamentary Launch of TCPA Report on Planning for Affordable Housing



On 11 October 2018 Simon Payne attended the launch of the Town and Country Planning Association Report on Affordable Housing.


The event was chaired by Helen Hayes MP Member of the Select Committee on Housing. The publication of the Report followed extensive research by the TCPA which included a workshop discussion that Simon contributed to on behalf of Uttlesford District Council.


The Report can be viewed at .

July 2018

UK Study Tour: University of Washington, Seattle, USA

On 2 July 2018 Simon Payne gave a presentation on New Garden Towns to Urban Design & Planning students from Seattle. The presentation was part of a study visit to Milton Keynes which also comprised contributions by Troy Hayes (Managing Director of Troy Planning), John Acres (President of the Royal Town Planning Institute), Michael Edwards (Teaching Fellow – University College London), Tim Skelton (Milton Keynes Forum) and James Povey (Milton Keynes Council)



Simon Payne (left) John Acres (centre) and Troy Hayes (right)

June 2018

Uttlesford Local Plan Reaches Regulation 19 Stage

On 19 June 2018 Uttlesford District Council approved the publication of the Regulation 19 Draft Local Plan. Lambsquay Consulting of Cambridge Limited has assisted in providing consultancy support for the Plan which comprises a strong environmentally led strategy including the provision of three new garden communities in the district that comply with the Town and Country Planning Association Principles for Garden Cities.


The Plan may be viewed via the link below

May 2018

Launch of Cambridge Innovation Park China Centre

Simon Payne joined the celebrations for a new partnership between Incubyte, Cambridge Accelerate and the Cambridge Innovation Park. Jenny Wong, founder and CEO of Cambridge Accelerate and Councillor George Pippas, Mayor of Cambridge, took part in the formal opening of the new Centre which will encourage and facilitate two-way investment and international expansion of Cambridge, UK and Chinese companies.

April 2018

Planning England's Garden Cities

In April Simon made a Garden Cities joint presentation in New Orleans at the National Conference of the American Planning Association.  The presentation can be found below:

Planning England's Garden Cities presentation
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April 2018

February 2018

British Academy Seminar: Big Cities - Small Changes

In February 2018 Simon Payne took part in the British Academy Seminar in London entitled ‘Big Cities – Small Changes: Thinking Creatively Through Urban Infrastructure’. The seminar explored the challenges of how cities need to be able to adapt to change. Topics included considering the issue of accessing local knowledge in China, coping with the aftermath of an earthquake in Kathmandu and understanding the causes of violence associated with poverty in Sao Paulo.

February 2018

Planning the new Garden Cities of England


Simon Payne is speaking in New Orleans, USA at the Annual Conference of the American Planning Association . The session, on Sunday 22 April 2018, will comprise a joint presentation with Troy Hayes, Jon Goodall and John Fregonese. The focus will be on contrasting the UK approach to planning garden cities with a new development in Louisville, Kentucky.

November 2017


Lecture Series for Senior Officials from Hebei Province, People's Republic of China


On 29th of November 2017 Simon Payne gave a series of lectures to a delegation of senior officials from Hebei Province China.  The delegation was led by Mr Jiang Wending, Vice Mayor of Shijazhuang.  The presentation included an overview of the Planning System in England and case studies of development in Cambridge and garden towns in Essex.  The sessions were able to focus on a 'Quality Charter for Growth' and the Garden City principles promoted by the British Town and Country Planning Association.

September 2017


Why is the Garden Town Movement Relevant Today?


In September Simon attended a Town and Country Planning Association study tour of Garden Villages in the UK. The tour comprised six villages including Bournville, Port Sunlight and Saltaire. The visits included recent development at Lightmoor, New Earswick and Derwenthorpe and there was a good opportunity to see the garden town principles of land value capture and long term community stewardship in operation.


The visits illustrated the opportunities to successfully apply garden town concepts to contemporary development to achieve places where people want to live out of choice.

August 2017


Shaping and Applying the Technology of the Future


This article was written by Simon Payne and was first published in The Planner magazine in August 2017.


If you wish to reproduce the artice, please contact The Planner's editor on


July 2017


Uttlesford Economic Development Strategy & Action Plan 2018-21



Simon has been commissioned to help prepare a new Economic Development Strategy to support Sustainable Business Growth in Uttlesford.


Working with Simon Jackson, Uttlesford Economic Development Officer, he is to prepare a report for consideration by the elected members in October 2017.


The Strategy is action orientated and will help promote significant levels of business growth.


June 2017


Digital Capital of Germany



Earlier this year Heidelberg was shortlisted, along with four other cities, as Digital Capital of Germany. The Award of Digital Capital was run by the Bitkom organisation and it was aimed at cities of around 150,000 people. The other four cities were Wolfsberg, Kaiserslautern and Paderborn with Darmstadt (home of the European Space Operations Centre) being the winner.


Heideberg put in a very strong bid for the Digital Capital Award. The decision to go for the Award followed work on a Smart City Vision for Heidelberg by Lambsquay Consulting of Cambridge Limited.


Heidelberg continues to be a leading city for smart technology and an exemplar of partnership working.

May 2017


#smartforfuture Cities London Conference



In May 2017 Simon chaired two sessions of the #SmarttoFuture Cities Conference in central London. The Conference was attended by over 200 delegates from all over Europe.


A lively discussion took place about how to describe Future Cities and the term ‘Agile Cities’ was favoured. Eldar Tuzmukhamedov presented the approach in Moscow to public- private partnerships. Petrat Dirk described Hamburg’s initiative to E-Culture including augmented reality that allows visitors to view archive photographs in current settings. Renata Dameri from Genoa gave an excellent talk about measuring the real benefits of technological change for citizens.


All in all a really interesting and inspiring conference.


March 2017


Thinking across boundaries through the lens of smart solutions



In March 2017 Simon was interviewed about the role of his consultancy company. 


The interview can be watched below;


March 2017

Smart City Vision for Heidelberg


Simon recently completed his report for the Mayor of Heidelberg on a proposed Smart City Vision.


Simon presented the Vision to a Citizens’ Forum in Heidelberg on 22 February.


The slides of the presentation are set out below: (Not available via mobile the mobile website)



January 2017

Future Cities Forum Discusses Simon's Vision

Future Cities Forum’s Heather Fearfield recently published an article on Simon’s work on the Future Cities Forum website. 


The article entitled "Can smart technology benefit everyone?" can be found here:


or embedded into this website below:

December 2016

Smart Distinctiveness by Design

Simon has been invited to contribute to a blog on the British Academy website setting out his ideas about ‘Smart Distinctiveness by Design’ and the challenge of shaping globalised new technology to meet the needs of local communities and thereby safeguarding the special character of each our cities.


A link to the article can be found below and for those not using the mobile portal the full article



October 2016


Briefing Senior Chinese City Officials

Simon has contributed a number of times to a Programme run by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.  In Particular in Autumn 2016 Simon made a presentation to delegates from the Beijing Municipal Government on the topic of Risk Management in the Digital Age.  He briefed delegates on his experience of citizen engagement in Birmingham, Cambridge and Heidelberg and how smart technology can address resilience issues by allowing decision makers to share information and to engage with the public.

September 2016


A Strategy for Heidelberg

Simon has been commissioned by the Mayor of Heidelberg, Professor Dr Eckart Würzner, to provide consultancy advice on smart city thinking in drafting a strategy for Heidelberg. The city is committed to world class standards in environmental sustainability, economic vitality and a high quality of life for all the communities in the city. The strategy will set out the principles that will be applied to deliver this vision.

September 2016

Uttlesford Local Plan Support

Simon has recently been commissioned to provide project management support and planning policy advice to support Uttlesford District Council in preparing a new local plan for the district.  The local plan will set out the spatial strategy for the period up until 2033.

Thursday 15th September 2016


Chinese business website publishes article by Simon

Simon focuses on the future of creating knowledge led cities for a Chinese based audience.  It has been published on the Chinese Business Gazette website.


Link to full article : CBG Article Link


The article has also been embedded into this website below. (not available on mobile website)

Wednesday 3rd August 2016


Cambridge's Simon Payne leaves Council to set up Smart City Consultancy

After 41 years in local government Simon Payne has stepped down as Director of Environment at Cambridge City Council.  This has allowed him to set up his long term goal Lambsquay Consultancy of Cambridge.  Planning Magazine caught up with Simon and covered the move in a published article.  Link to article:



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