Cambridge City Council has received a planning application on behalf of Punch Taverns (10/0815/FUL) to demolish the Queen Edith Pub (the only pub in the Queen Ediths ward) on Wulfstan Way and replace it with eight 4-bedroomed houses. I think this was a surprise to everyone.
Contrary to some suggestions, the City Council does not own the pub or the land on which it stands, only the forecourt — although it does own the shops on Wulfstan Way and much of the housing.
You can view the application here and make comments on the proposals, which will be taken into account by the Council. Please explain your reasons why you like/ dislike the proposals – e.g. the importance of the pub to the community and its needs, how the proposed new houses fit into the existing layout, any possible impact on neighbours such as overlooking, etc. Councillors have to follow national guidance when deciding whether or not to approve the application. as well as the Cambridge Local Plan, so you might like to look at that when making your comments.
If you would like to discuss the application and what factors will be taken into consideration in the decision on whether or not to grant planning permission, please get in touch with me or one of the other councillors. We would very much like to hear what you have to say about this. Please understand that because we will be taking the decision, we cannot commit ourselves one way or the other until the meeting itself, as we have to keep an open mind till we have heard all the arguments.
The application is likely to be determined by city councillors at the South Area Committee, which at present meets at Homerton College every two months. The pub decision will not be taken at the meeting next Thursday (9th Sept) because the Council is still consulting on the plans but later in the year). Members of the public can speak at this meeting, either by way of a public question, petition or a statement about a planning application. We will, however, be discussing the improvement plans for the shops on Wulfstan Way, so you may find it interesting anyway. See my previous post for details.
The Cambridge News is now covering the story here .