Coordinating growth on such a grand scale is quite a challenge and can only be achieved through effective management and commitment on the part of everyone involved. In 2004, Cambridgeshire Horizons was established in recognition of the fact that no single existing agency or authority could be expected to implement this planned growth on its own.
The Horizons team project managed the delivery of the growth strategy for Cambridgeshire from 2004 to 2011. The Horizons Board, comprising a cross-section of partner representatives and independent figures from different sectors, was supported by the Joint Strategic Growth Implementation Committee (JSGIC), and was the key body through which Horizons' key objectives were agreed. Horizons was a company limited by guarantee and, as a partnership organisation, did not have statutory planning powers, which were and still are the preserve of the democratically elected local authorities.
Horizons' five core objectives were to:
- Coordinate development and infrastructure implementation.
- Overcome barriers to sustainable development.
- Secure and manage funding for infrastructure.
- Ensure developments employ high quality sustainable design.
- Communicate the wider benefits of the planned development to the wider community.
Horizons' always maintained the highest levels of professionalism, openness, integrity, efficiency and effective partnerships while providing challenging and rewarding jobs for its staff, which in turn allowed them to develop and grow. Find out more about the Horizons former team and about the projects they worked on.
Cambridgeshire Horizons closed in September 2011.