Update July 2017: Note change of venue and timing. A public exhibition of plans for the site will be held on Wednesday 19 July, 3–8pm at Bharat Bhavan (formerly Mill Road Library).
The council depot on the north side of Mill Road, west of the railway line is due to be redeveloped for housing. The developer will be Cambridge Investment Partnership, a joint venture between Cambridge City Council and Hill, a commercial housebuilder.
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The City Council drew up a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) that sets out a framework for how the site will be developed.
There is much to be commended about the SPD, but it seems that few of the issues raised in earlier consultations have been taken aboard (e.g. with regards to joining up the green spaces, being zero car, removing or relocating the garages (e.g. underground), sustainability (e.g. energy production and water conservation), and integrating the Chisholm Trail cycle route).
There is a desperate need in Petersfield for accessible, usable green space. The SPD reserves quite a lot of land for green space, but it’s not as accessible to the wider community as it needs to be (think of the underused Ravensworth Gardens pocket park). If more of the open space at the depot were joined up, visible and easily accessed from Mill Road, it would see more use – day-to-day and for community events.
The SPD was approved by the Development Plan Scrutiny Sub-Committee on Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017.
3 July 2017: A public exhibition of plans for the site will be held at St Barnabas Church
on Wednesday 19 July
. The developer is Cambridge Investment Partnership, a joint venture
between Cambridge City Council and Hill, a commercial housebuilder.
The City Council depot site off Mill Road (next to the railway line) is due to be redeveloped for housing. A planning and development brief (known as a Supplementary Planning Document or SPD) has been published, following consultation and adoption by the City Council.
The planning and development brief will help guide the re-development of the site for housing in accordance with the emerging Cambridge Local Plan 2014. It outlines the aspirations of the site, as well as the key issues, constraints and opportunities that will influence how future development on site will take place.
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Update July 2017: Development is likely to start this year. Travis Perkins have started work on their new site on Kilmaine Close (off Kings Hedges Road), which will complement the reduced site on Devonshire Rd.
Planning consent has been granted (as of 31 March 2015) for Travis Perkins to redevelop their site on Devonshire Road: houses and flats will be built on the southern half of the site, with a new access road; Travis Perkins will retain the northern half, which will be reconfigured with a new shed.
Planners overruled our manifold concerns, including that:
- the developers intend to fell all of the trees that border Devonshire Road (they will be replaced with much smaller specimens);
- the car park for the builders’ yard is too small, and is likely to result in additional congestion on Devonshire Rd and Mill Rd;
- the design of the housing is uninspiring and includes no affordable units;
- the ‘pocket park’ will not really benefit the local community.
Although Travis Perkins ideally want to relocate to a new site, leaving the existing site to be redeveloped entirely as housing (which residents would also much prefer), they have been unable to identify a suitable site in Cambridge.
One piece of good news is that Travis Perkins has transferred ownership of a small piece of land to the County Council, which will enable a section of the Chisholm Trail to be created: this dedicated cycle/pedestrian link will run from the station car park, alongside the railway, under the Mill Road bridge, to the north side of Mill Road (and, later, to Hooper Street).
Another benefit will be that the pavement running alongside the Travis Perkins site will be widened.
Planning application for new housing: 11/1294/FUL
Planning application for new builders’ yard: 11/1295/FUL