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Meadows Centre and Buchan Street consultation

Consultation open from midday, 25 February to midday, 25 March.

Update - May 2019: We would like feedback on the Open Space proposals. These three drawings [PDF, 2MB] highlight the current Open Space facilities, what is being proposed and how the open space would work in terms of circulation. You can download a comments form [DOC, 632KB] to provide feedback to the design team. For clarity, the existing playing pitches, multi-use games area, witches hat roundabout, zip wire, skate ramp, and the children’s area are being retained.

Update - April 2019: We are working through the consultation responses and considering the points made. A number of comments related to St Albans recreation ground and the existing play facilities. For clarity, the existing playing pitches, multi-use games area, witches hat roundabout, zip wire, skate ramp, and the children’s area are being retained. Other facilities, which might include a natural play area, are being considered. The updated draft Meadows plan [PDF, 914KB] shows where the retained play equipment will be located.

Introduction and background

Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) is planning a major development in King's Hedges which will include a new Community Hub building and the provision of approximately 100 new Council rented homes. The development is proposed to replace the existing Meadows Community Centre and Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre. CIP seeking feedback on the plans from local residents and community groups.

Development consultation

It is proposed that a new Community Hub is built on the site of the Meadows.

This will replace both the current Meadows Community Centre and Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre, with the new facility integrating priority community groups and activities into this one new community space. However, neither of the existing centres will close until the new hub building is complete and it is open for use.

The existing football pitches and multi-use games area (MUGA) will be retained at the Meadows. 

In addition to the new Community Hub, the scheme will deliver approximately 100 affordable homes in total across the two sites in order to assist with the delivery of 500 new affordable homes across the city.

A retail unit at Buchan Street will remain and be integrated as part of the development. 

The development proposals have been developed by Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP), an equal partnership between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships. CIP is supporting the council in delivering 500 new affordable homes across the City by developing council owned land.

Consultation events

A drop-in consultation event will be held regarding the redevelopment scheme at:

  • Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine’s Road, Cambridge, CB4 3XJ
  • Wednesday 13 March 2019, 3 to 9pm

Exhibition boards will display the emerging plans for the proposed development and members of Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) and the professional design team will be on hand to answer any questions.

In addition, the exhibition boards will also be displayed at the Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday 14 March between midday and 2pm.

After viewing the exhibition, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the development proposals. If you are not able to attend the drop-in exhibition, you can download the exhibition boards here. [PDF, 13MB]

If you need any consultation documents produced in a different format such as Braille, large print, audio, or in a language other than English, please contact us.

How to comment

CIP would welcome your comments on the development proposals. There are three ways in which you can make your views known.

  1. Complete a comments form at the consultation event (or download the comments form here [PDF, 3MB])
  2. Submit comments in writing to: Meadows & Buchan Consultation, ELG Planning, 55 Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, DL3 7EH
  3. Send an email to: consultation@elgplanning.co.uk leaving your name and address along with your comments

Next steps

Following this consultation the feedback provided will be considered in the working up of a detailed planning application, which CIP intends to submit in May 2019.

All responses will be held in accordance with GDPR 2018. Your contact details will not be made public or be retained on any database.

This community consultation exercise has been commissioned by CIP prior to any planning application being submitted. It will not replace the standard public consultation exercise undertaken by Cambridge City Council & South Cambridgeshire District Council when dealing with any formal planning application.

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