Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30249

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Turnstone Estates Limited

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

Broad support offered but subject to: -
- Need for employment content to be maximised and be dominant use
- Housing need on this site uncertain
- Reflect overall transport sustainability and not just new station as gateway

Full text:

In broad terms, Turnstone can support the vision that the AAP proposes, however this comes with the following caveats: -

* The vision must be predicated first and foremost on the need for development to have a considerable employment content, as this is the most appropriate, sustainable and indeed best site in the City to accommodate future employment growth in a highly accessible location, in close proximity to a significant employment cluster, in particular the world-famous Cambridge Science Park;
* The possibility of an element of housing development at the southern end of the AAP area cannot be ruled out; however it is not believed that the City Council is dependent on this in terms of achieving its housing targets in the new Local Plan in the period to 2031. Furthermore, there is uncertainty as to whether the land in question (as highlighted in some of the development options) can in fact be delivered as there are existing occupiers who may not wish to vacate their sites. In light of this the AAP should downplay rather than highlight "sustainable urban living";
* Whilst the new railway station is undoubtedly a key piece of physical infrastructure it should not be viewed alone as the sole "high quality transport gateway" to the area. There are already good public transport links (including the guided bus and conventional buses), cycle and pedestrian links (e.g. the Jane Coston Bridge over the A14 to Milton) and also good road links (which cannot be ignored). There is also scope to link into new pieces of transport infrastructure such as the Chisholm Trail.