CIP restates commitment to cycleways at Mill Road Depot housing development

News release from 14/02/2018

News from Cambridge Investment Partnership

A COMMITMENT to providing a safe cycle route through a major new housing development at Cambridge City Council’s Mill Road depot has been restated by the team responsible for the development.

Regeneration plans put forward by Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP), a joint venture between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships, would see more than 180 homes built on the site, of which 50% would be affordable housing, rather than the usual 40%.

Integration of the cross-city cycleway, the Chisholm Trail, the development of which is being led Greater Cambridge Partnership, is a part of the housing scheme.

A planning application is currently being considered by the city council following a public exhibition last November which was put on to show local people what was proposed for the site. These proposals were adapted following community feedback from an earlier exhibition in July.

Cllr Kevin Price, the council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Housing and CIP board member, said: “The Mill Road depot site is a good example of how the city council is redeveloping its own land to help meet the desperate housing shortage.

“As well as increasing the percentage of affordable homes to 50%, we are working towards a scheme that is designed to a high standard and that includes modern, sustainable and truly affordable homes from apartments to family units.

“Our plans include provision for a section of the Chisholm Trail running north to south along the railway line side.

“The cycleway would be around six metres wide, well lit, with access from Hooper Street or a possible future bridge over the railway line, which could land in Hooper Street.

“We are very well aware of the need to make this section of the Chisholm Trail as accessible, safe and inviting to cyclists as possible and we will be working to achieve that as the planning process moves forward.

“An access and exit is planned part way along this section of the Chisholm Trail for residents of the new homes. This will be designed to provide permeability of the site while maximising pedestrian and leisure use of the green spaces areas, in response to concerns raised during the consultation process.”

All of the affordable homes at the Mill Road depot site will be owned and managed by the city council as part of its social housing stock and will be let to people on the Housing Needs Register. 

The plans also include a proposal for YMCA Trinity Group to develop new, purpose-built accommodation at the Mill Road end of the site, as supported housing for young people. 

This will bring significant benefits to the area, including a managed community space that could host a number of uses including local dance, health and fitness classes, parenting groups, faith groups and society meetings.

Other features of the Mill Road depot development are set to include:

  • Cycle parking on site, including underground parking, and large numbers of “Sheffield” stands around the development
  • Open space in 28% of the site
  • Parking provision at a ratio of 0.65 per dwelling which reflects the fact that Mill Road is well located in terms of access to the city centre and for public transport. During the consultation local residents raised concerns that if there was no parking provision for residents of the new homes they would inevitably park their cars in nearby streets which would impact on residents of those streets.

Further information is available at: www.millroad-development.co.uk

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