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Policy 1: A comprehensive approach at North East Cambridge

Representation ID: 55899

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: GCR Camprop Nine Ltd

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

The comprehensive approach towards development and regeneration at North East Cambridge is broadly
supported. Policy 1 expects the criteria in Policy 23 (Comprehensive and Coordinated Development)
to be addressed for development proposals. It is noted that Policy 23 requires applications for
major development to successfully integrate with the surrounding area. In summary, it is proposed
in the AAP that there would be intensification of existing employment floorspace within Cambridge
Science Park including the redevelopment of under-utilised premises and associated car parks. The
redevelopment of the existing building at 127 – 136
Cambridge Science Park would be consistent with the development strategy for this area.

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Policy 2: Designing for the climate emergency

Representation ID: 55900

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: GCR Camprop Nine Ltd

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

The principles of sustainable design and construction as set out in Policy 2 are supported. The
planning application for the proposed development at the site was supported by a Sustainability
Statement including Renewable Energy and Water Conservation Strategy, which demonstrated
how the proposed development would satisfy all of requirements identified in Policy 2.

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Policy 5: Biodiversity and Net Gain

Representation ID: 55901

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: GCR Camprop Nine Ltd

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

Policy 5 seta out the requirements for developments to achieve a net gain in biodiversity. The Ecology Report submitted in support of the proposed redevelopment of the site concluded that the proposals would deliver a net gain of approximately 130%.

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Policy 6a: Distinctive design for North East Cambridge

Representation ID: 55902

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: GCR Camprop Nine Ltd

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

The aspiration for development at North East Cambridge to provide distinctive, high quality and
contemporary design is broadly supported. The design criteria identified in Policy 6a are
supported, and could be achieved for the proposed redevelopment of the site at 127 to 136
Cambridge Science Park.

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Policy 9: Density, heights, scale and massing

Representation ID: 55903

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: GCR Camprop Nine Ltd

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

Figure 21 shows proposed building heights for Cambridge Science Park of 4 to 5 storeys with a maximum of 6 storeys. The existing building at 127-136 Cambridge Science Park is a single storey building. The current planning application for the redevelopment of the site would provide a building of 5 storeys in height, which would be consistent with the building heights specified in Policy 9 and Figure 21.

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Policy 10c: Science Park Local Centre

Representation ID: 55904

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: GCR Camprop Nine Ltd

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

Figure 24 shows the proposed location of new centres for North East Cambridge, which includes a new
Local Centre within Cambridge Science Park. The location and mix of uses included within
the proposed Local Centre are supported.

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Policy 12a: Business

Representation ID: 55905

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: GCR Camprop Nine Ltd

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

Policy 12a sets out the approach to the delivery of business uses in North East Cambridge,
including within Cambridge Science Park. The site at 127-136 Cambridge Science Park falls within
the area which the AAP identifies as the principal source of new business space via intensification
of existing buildings. The proposed redevelopment of the site for office/research and development
use – the subject of a current planning application - seeks to make a more intensive use of an
existing site that is substantially underused at present, and to provide a substantial increase in employment floor space from 1,000sqm to approximately 4600sqm.

The Design and Access Statement prepared in support of the planning application demonstrates how
the proposed building would be flexible and adaptable and will be able to meet
the needs of a variety of occupiers e.g. either a single large occupier or multiple smaller
occupiers.

The proposed redevelopment of 127-136 Cambridge Science Park would be consistent with development
strategy for the area, in terms of intensification of existing sites, increased building
heights, and proposed business use.

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Policy 14: Social, community and cultural Infrastructure

Representation ID: 55906

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: GCR Camprop Nine Ltd

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

The inclusion of additional social, community and cultural facilities within the North East
Cambridge area is supported.

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Policy 15: Shops and local services

Representation ID: 55907

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: GCR Camprop Nine Ltd

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

The inclusion of additional shops and local services, including a new district and local centres,
within the North East Cambridge area is supported.

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Policy 16: Sustainable Connectivity

Representation ID: 55908

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: GCR Camprop Nine Ltd

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

Figure 36 shows proposed strategic walking and cycling routes in the North East Cambridge area,
including routes through Cambridge Science Park and along Milton Road. The site at 127- 136
Cambridge Science Park would be located on and close to these strategic walking and cycling routes,
and also in close proximity to the existing mobility hub on the Cambridge Guided Busway. The
aspirations for sustainable connectivity across the North East Cambridge area is supported.

We note under 16a that a bridge connection crossing over Milton Rd is identified as part of the
pedestrian and cycle connections to be made. No further details on the parameters of a bridge are
provided within the draft AAP document. More information should be provided in this regard as now
is the appropriate time to be defining the parameters for such infrastructure.
Notwithstanding this, we do not consider that the provision of a bridge in this location would
conflict with the existing building at 127-136 or indeed the proposed replacement building.

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