Archived News

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.

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:




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:

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


Wednewday 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: 

Simon Payne

Director of Lambsquay Consulting of Cambridge Limited

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International Spatial Planning Consultancy


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