Two planning applications to keep an eye on

It may be Christmas Eve but development goes on … and on. Today Cambridge City Council has published its agenda, which has two Queen Edith’s applications, on Mowbray Road and Baldock Way. The agenda also says there is one on Cavendish Avenue, but be assured this is a mistake! Here is the link:

http://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=181&MID=2606#AI13214

The Mowbray Road application, 14/1136/FUL is for yet MORE flats, and there have already been objections from three neighbours on the grounds of overdevelopment and the likelihood of additional parking and congestion.

The Baldock Way application, 14/1652/FUL, is to convert a bungalow on the corner of Glebe Road into a ‘chalet bungalow’. This has attracted a mixture of objections and support, mainly from people not resident in the area.

Under the new arrangements brought in by Labour when they took control of the City Council, the applications will not be determined locally, but at the Guildhall, on the afternoon of the 7th January.

Another round for the Queen Edith

Lib Dem Focus Team outside the old Queen Edith in 2003

Many people will remember that in November 2010, the City Council’s South Area Committee, chaired by myself, turned down an application to replace the Queen Edith pub with a purely residential development. We argued that the pub was an important community facility, as there is no other public house nearby, nor anywhere else serving food and drink in the evenings.  You will also remember there was a vigorous local campaign to keep the pub, with a 271-signature petition in its support.

Sadly, the Queen Edith closed in December 2011 for financial reasons. It was acquired in March 2012 by Danescroft Commercial Developments Limited. Danescroft have now applied for planning permission to redevelop the site. They propose to replace the existing building with a new community pub incorporating staff accommodation, plus 12 2-bedroomed flats. They have consulted widely already, so you may already have seen their ideas. Residents on Wulfstan Way and Queen Edith’s Way closest to the pub have been notified by Cambridge City Council.

The most noticeable difference between their proposals and the existing set-up is that the new pub will be at the front of the site and be seen from Wulfstan Way – more attractive than cars to look at when walking past, and more welcoming to customers. Cycle and car parking will be behind the pub – but fewer car spaces than at present, as it is less usual to drive to the pub these days. The flats have their own parking.

One unusual feature of the new pub is a ‘green roof’, which will have plants growing on it. This will absorb rainwater, provide insulation and have other environmental benefits.

You can look at the plans at the City Council’s Customer Services Centre in Regent Street, or on the council’s website http://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/ (key in the application reference number 12/1616/FUL). It is expected that the application will be decided by the Council’s main planning committee, at the Guildhall.

Comments are accepted until 29th January.

To comment on the application, write, quoting the reference 12/1616/FUL, to:

Head of Planning

PO Box 700

Cambridge CB1 0JH

The application will be decided in February, by the main Planning Committee at the Guildhall.