Policy S/LAC: Land allocations in Cambridge

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Figure 23: Map of proposed land allocations in the urban area of Cambridge
Figure 23: Map of proposed land allocations in the urban area of Cambridge

What will this policy do?

Identify specific land allocations for development in the Cambridge urban area, mainly rolling forward sites from the 2018 Cambridge Local Plan with one new housing site and one refined employment site.

Proposed policy direction

New allocations

The following new allocations are proposed in the Cambridge urban area:

Housing

S/C/SMS Garages between 20 St. Matthews Street and Blue Moon Public House, Cambridge

  • Site area of 0.1 hectares
  • Capacity for approximately 12 homes, with potential to review the number at later stages of plan making
  • Opportunity to improve the character of an existing garages site in a highly sustainable location close to the centre of Cambridge with easy walking access to shops, employment and public transport
  • Development should accommodate the following constraints:
    • Retain existing mature tree
    • Design to account for proximity of Blue Moon pub
Figure 24: Map of proposed allocation S/C/SMS
Figure 24: Map of proposed allocation S/C/SMS

Employment

S/C/SCL Land South of Coldhams Lane, Cambridge

  • Site area of 9 hectares
  • Suitable for commercial development (such as relocation of ‘space intensive’ uses such as builders’ merchants sales and storage facilities which are currently located on land elsewhere in the city)
  • This site is part of the wider existing South of Coldhams Lane Area of Major Change. This allocation recognises that part of the site is capable of development which takes account of the constraints and opportunities of the site. It is proposed to carry this policy forward into the new LocalPlan.
  • The former landfill sites at Coldham’s Lane include areas of potential ecological importance. Any redevelopment of the eastern portion of the landfill sites will require ecological enhancement as part of any redevelopment on site and provision of enhanced wildlife habitat and publicly accessible open space on the western portion of the landfill sites.
Figure 25: Map of proposed allocation S/C/SCL
Figure 25: Map of proposed allocation S/C/SCL

Continuing existing allocations

The following allocations which are included within the Cambridge Local Plan 2018 (and one site from the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018) are proposed to be carried forward into the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan.

Housing

  • S/C/R2: Willowcroft, 137-143 Histon Road – with an amended boundary to exclude 149 and 149B Histon Road that are built and under construction, and a revised capacity of 110 dwellings for the remainder of this allocation. (pdf)
  • S/C/R4: Henry Giles House, 73-79 Chesterton Road – with an amended boundary to exclude Carlyle House as we have no evidence for its deliverability, and a revised capacity of 40 dwellings for remainder of the allocation based on guidance in the adopted Mitcham’s Corner Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document. A higher capacity of potentially around 80 dwellings is being considered to make best use of this site in the centre of Cambridge, subject to ensuring this would be consistent with a design led approach, and this will be considered further through the preparation of the draft Local Plan. (pdf)
  • S/C/R5: Camfields Resource Centre and Oil Depot, 137-139 Ditton Walk (pdf)
  • S/C/R6: 636-656 Newmarket Road, Holy Cross Church Hall, East Barnwell Community Centre and Meadowlands, Newmarket Road – however we have limited evidence that the site will still come forward at the moment, and therefore we will need to work with the landowners to gather this evidence to have greater certainty that this site will be brought forward for development by 2041 for it to be included in the draft Local Plan. (pdf)
  • S/C/R9: Travis Perkins, Devonshire Road – with a revised capacity of 60 dwellings. (pdf)
  • S/C/U3: Grange Farm off Wilberforce Road (pdf)
  • S/C/M4: Police Station, Parkside –the Building of Local Interest must be retained as part of the proposals for the redevelopment of the site for new homes. (pdf)
  • RM1 and Policy H/7: Fen Road – This site is identified in the adopted 2018 Local Plans to provide residential moorings for house boats. We will keep this under review when we consider how to meet the need identified for boat dwellers in the preparation of the draft Local Plan. (pdf)

Mixed use

  • S/C/R21: 315-349 Mill Road and Brookfields (pdf)
  • S/C/M2: Clifton Road Area – however, the redevelopment of this site to provide new homes will result in a significant loss of employment uses that would need to be relocated, and we have limited evidence that it will still come forward, and therefore we will need to work with the landowners to gather this evidence to have greater certainty that this site will be brought forward for development by 2041. These issues will be considered further as the draft Local Plan is prepared. (pdf)
  • S/C/M5: 82-88 Hills Road and 57-63 Bateman Street (pdf)
  • S/C/M14: Station Road West (pdf)
  • S/C/M44: Betjeman House (pdf)
  • S/C/U1: Old Press/Mill Lane (pdf)
  • S/C/U2: New Museums, Downing Street (pdf)
  • S/C/SS/1: Orchard Park (pdf)

Allocations not proposed to be carried forward

Housing

The following residential allocations within the Cambridge Local Plan 2018 have been or are being built out and are sufficiently advanced that they do not need a policy framework any longer, and are therefore not proposed to be carried forward:

  • R1: 295 Histon Road
  • R3: City Football Ground, Milton Road
  • R10: Mill Road Depot and adjoining properties, Mill Road
  • R12: Ridgeons, 75 Cromwell Road
  • R17: Mount Pleasant House, Mount Pleasant

The following residential allocations are not proposed to be carried forward for the reasons set out below:

  • R7: The Paddocks, 347 Cherry Hinton Road – this is an active site of mixed commercial uses and in reviewing whether the allocation should be carried forward, it is considered more appropriate to retain the site for the existing uses, rather than it being redeveloped for residential uses. We also have no evidence that it will still come forward for residential uses.
  • R8: 149 Cherry Hinton Road & Telephone Exchange, Coleridge Road – there is uncertainty whether this site will still come forward for residential uses by 2041.
  • R11: Horizon Resource Centre, 285 Coldham’s Lane – there is uncertainty whether this site will still come forward for residential uses by 2041.
  • R14: BT telephone Exchange and car park, Long Road – there is uncertainty whether this site will still come forward site for residential uses by 2041.
  • R16: Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Foster Road – there is uncertainty whether this site will still come forward for residential uses by 2041.

Mixed use

The following mixed use allocations within the Cambridge Local Plan 2018 have been built out, and are therefore not proposed to be carried forward:

  • M3: Michael Young Centre, Purbeck Road

Employment

The following employment allocations are not proposed to be carried forward for the reasons set out below:

  • E4: Church End Industrial Estate, Rosemary Lane – this is an existing employment site that it is important is protected for employment uses, therefore we consider it should be de-allocated but be included as a protected industrial site, as set out in J/PB: Protecting existing business space.
  • E5: 1 and 7-11 Hills Road – the redevelopment of this site is not considered to be deliverable and therefore the Greater Cambridge Employment Land and Economic Development Evidence Study (November 2020) recommends that it is de-allocated.

Why is this policy needed?

Cambridge is a highly sustainable location for additional homes and jobs, relating to its accessibility to existing jobs and services.

Previous Local Plans have allocated most opportunities for development within the urban area of Cambridge. As a result there are relatively few smaller scale development opportunities in Cambridge that have not previously been considered. Noting the benefits of this location, we have explored whether there are any further specific development opportunities in the Cambridge urban area that are available, suitable and achievable within the plan period, and can contribute to meeting the development needs identified. These have been informed by the Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (2021). Following this process, two new sites have been identified in the Cambridge urban area that are proposed for allocation – one for new homes and one for new employment uses. It had been anticipated that there would be further opportunities identified given it is the most sustainable location in Greater Cambridge but it has not been possible to do so.

However, this is in part due to the very thorough and detailed assessments that had informed the Cambridge Local Plan 2018 to identify suitable and available land opportunities in the city. Some of these have now been built, or are well progressed, and will no longer need to be included in the new plan. Many others are indicated to come forward over the coming years, and warrant retention in the plan. Nevertheless, as part of our on-going work monitoring the delivery of sites, there are some existing allocations which are no longer anticipated to come forward for the use allocated. They are therefore proposed to be removed from the plan unless additional evidence to continue to include them comes forward during the plan making process.

What consultation have we done on this issue?

There was no specific consultation on this issue in the First Conversation consultation. The annual housing trajectory process involves consultation with landowners and developers and the latest housing trajectory has informed the plan making process.

What alternatives did we consider?

We considered a range of alternative sites within the Cambridge urban area having regard to the overarching development strategy and the conclusions of the Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment. We discounted sites considered to be less suitable for development or where there is not clear evidence that they will come forward in the plan period.

Supporting evidence studies and topic papers

  • Greater Cambridge Local Plan: Topic paper 1: Strategy
  • Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (2021)
  • Greater Cambridge Housing Trajectory (April 2021)
  • Greater Cambridge Employment Land Review & Economic Development Evidence Base (2020)

Existing policies in adopted 2018 Local Plans

Cambridge Local Plan 2018

  • Policy 27: Site specific development opportunities
  • R1: 295 Histon Road
  • R2: Willowcroft, 137-143 Histon Roa
  • R3: City Football Ground, Milton Road
  • R4: Henry Giles House, 73-79 Chesterton Road
  • R5: Camfields Resource Centre and Oil Depot, 137-139 Ditton Walk
  • R6: 636-656 Newmarket Road, Holy Cross Church Hall, East Barnwell Community Centre and Meadowlands, Newmarket Road
  • R7: The Paddocks, 347 Cherry Hinton Road
  • R8: 149 Cherry Hinton Road & Telephone Exchange, Coleridge Road
  • R9: Travis Perkins, Devonshire Road
  • R10: Mill Road Depot and adjoining properties, Mill Road
  • R11: Horizon Resource Centre, 285 Coldham’s Lane
  • R12: Ridgeons, 75 Cromwell Road
  • R14: BT telephone Exchange and car park, Long Road
  • R16: Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Foster Road
  • R17: Mount Pleasant House, Mount Pleasant
  • R21: 315-349 Mill Road and Brookfields
  • M2: Clifton Road Area
  • M3: Michael Young Centre, Purbeck Road
  • M4: Police Station, Parkside
  • M5: 82-88 Hills Road and 57-63 Bateman Street
  • M44: Betjeman House
  • M14: Station Road West
  • U1: Old Press/Mill Lane
  • U2: New Museums, Downing Street
  • U3: Grange Farm off Wilberforce Road
  • RM1: Fen Road
  • E4: Church End Industrial Estate, Rosemary Lane
  • E5: 1 and 7-11 Hills Road

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018

  • Policy H/7: Residential Moorings

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