A PLANNING application has been submitted today (13 August) for the redevelopment of Cambridge City Council’s Park Street car park.
Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP), which is a partnership between the council and Hill Investment Partnerships, has worked with its selected development partner, Marick Real Estate Ltd, to submit the planning application following public consultation on the redevelopment proposals in May.
The application sets out plans for the construction of a premium aparthotel of more than 200 rooms above a basement car park which will remain in the council’s car parks portfolio.
The car park will have 225 public parking spaces, with 16 blue badge parking spaces incorporating the three blue badge spaces which are currently located on Round Church Street.
The car park will have the infrastructure for 100% electric vehicle charging, supporting the council’s sustainability strategy in reducing carbon emissions. Some 26 of the charging connection points will be live when the car park re-opens.
The development will also comprise 270 covered cycle spaces, including provision for cargo bikes on the ground floor, in addition to 20 motorcycle spaces and mobility scooter lift access.
In addition, the design proposals submitted as part of the planning application will improve the accessibility and appearance of the existing Jordan’s Yard by opening the space up into a public courtyard with a café, a seating area and attractive landscaping.
Sustainability is a feature of the development which will target BREEAM excellent standard. Alongside the electric vehicle charging infrastructure and points mentioned above, the proposed scheme has a 20kw solar PV array planned, alongside air source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting, LED lighting, sustainable drainage and high quality acoustic glazing amongst other measures.
To encourage biodiversity, insect towers, a green roof for the hotel, bird boxes and a bee hotel are also planned.
In order to maximise the amount of space given to providing cycle spaces at ground level, public toilets will not be provided within the new car park.
Instead, the council will look to improve public toilet provision in this very popular part of the city. Proposals include incorporating additional Changing Places provision at the existing Quayside public toilet facility and working with businesses to establish a Cambridge Community Toilet Scheme, where participating shops, restaurants and bars would allow free public access to their toilets during trading hours.
In shaping the planning application, CIP and Marick Real Estate have consulted local residents, businesses, stakeholders and interest groups.
A public exhibition was held in May and feedback received, particularly on cycle parking provision and the type of cycle storage, has helped to shape the design proposals which are part of the planning application that was submitted today.
Park Street Liaison Group was established by the council in 2018 to offer a forum for dialogue between CIP, developers, businesses, stakeholders with an interest in the development and residents close to Park Street.
The group has met regularly to discuss matters relating to the redevelopment of the site including the planning application and will continue to do so as the redevelopment moves forward. More frequent meetings have been held with immediately adjacent residential and business occupiers.
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said: “Submission of this planning application to the local planning authority is an important step towards the redevelopment of Park Street car park.
“The application sets out in detail the partners’ plans for replacing the current outdated car park with a new aparthotel and underground car and cycle park that will give a long-term economic boost to this part of the city centre.
“Our Park Street redevelopment also delivers major benefits for the whole city. In addition to paying the full replacement cost for a 50 year old car park that is no longer fit for current and future use, it will also generate a receipt of at least £10m which the council intends to use in a future housing and affordable housing investment.
“The partners will continue to work closely with Park Street Liaison Group, residents, businesses and others to discuss their views and concerns and, where practical, work to reduce the unavoidable impacts of the car park closure while it is redeveloped.”
Marcus Boret of Marick Real Estate, said: “We are working closely with Cambridge City Council and Cambridge Investment Partnership, statutory consultees, neighbours and the public liaison group to plan the delivery of this exemplar scheme and balance the minimum of disruption in the most expedient manner.
“In parallel with the planning activities, we will continue to develop and refine our detailed construction design solutions with our professional designers and main contractor.”
Formal consultation by the Planning service will begin shortly, with an extended response time being provided to take account of the summer holidays.
A decision on the proposals, following consideration of the application and all of the comments received, is expected later this year.