CAMBRIDGE and South Cambridgeshire residents are being encouraged to give their views on initial proposals for the future development of land north of Cherry Hinton.
A newly-published document from Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council sets out a framework for how homes and facilities could be built.
The land north of Cherry Hinton and between Airport Way and Cambridge Airport has been put forward by the two councils in their Local Plans that are being independently assessed by planning inspectors
The land is allocated for residential development of 1,200 homes and could also include a primary school, a secondary school to serve the wider area, a local centre with community facilities and new open spaces. A new spine road through the development would also connect to Airport Way and Coldham’s Lane.
The document the two councils are consulting on, known as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), sets out a vision and development principles for the area, which were drawn up following workshops with local residents, businesses and interested groups.
The draft vision for the development states: “The land to the north of Cherry Hinton will be a vibrant, high-quality and distinctive extension to the existing settlement, reflecting and enhancing the special character of the surrounding area, whilst working in synergy with Cambridge as a whole.
“It will be an integrated and well-connected neighbourhood that is in harmony with its natural setting. Design cues taken from the surrounding area will create a unique neighbourhood that will include a distinctive entrance to Cherry Hinton, a transition from rural to urban, a celebration of views across the airport, and the incorporation of existing pedestrian and cycle links.”
The document sets out how this vision will be achieved in a number of ways, including by creating an attractive new edge to Cherry Hinton, improving pedestrian and cycle connections between Cherry Hinton and Teversham, the creation of a new civic square in a central location to the site and establishing a strong green framework that includes greenways, formal and natural play, pocket parks and allotments.
Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport, said: “Creating a new community to the north of Cherry Hinton will be a significant project creating much-needed new homes and facilities. We’re hoping that as many people as possible take the opportunity to look at the plans that are being developed for this area, and let us know what they think. Our aim is to for this new area to be fully integrated with the rest of the city and neighbouring villages, in a fully sustainable way, providing all the facilities people will need to live there.”
Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “Making sure we deliver high quality and well-connected new communities is really important. We have put forward new homes and facilities in this area in our Local Plans and now we are working on the documents that set out the details of how this would work on site. We have already been working hard with local people on the plans but the consultation is another chance for everyone to have their say. It is important to remember that this document goes hand-in-hand with the Local Plans which must also be approved.”
The consultation closes at 5pm on 2 October. To view the document and have your say, visit www.cambridge.gov.uk/land-north-cherry-hinton-spd.
Hard copies are also available to read on request from Cambridge City Council’s Customer Service Centre at Mandela House, Regent Street, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park and Cherry Hinton Library, High Street, Cherry Hinton, CB1 9HZ.