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Cambridge Investment Partnership: Archaeological evaluation of the land at The Meadows

News release from 9 December 2020

An archaeological evaluation of the land at The Meadows Centre and St Alban’s Recreation Ground will take place from mid-December as a pre-commencement planning condition set out by the Joint Development Control Committee, made up of Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Various parts of the site will be reviewed with three trenches being dug to see if there is any archaeological significance on the site. The trenches have been located to provide a representative sample of the site.

The work is expected to last five days and is being carried out in a way to minimise the disruption to the open space, with the trenches being filled back as they originally were once the work has been completed.

The evaluation of the land takes place ahead of initial works starting on site in January and main construction works due to commence in March 2021. A public engagement event will also take place in January.

Cambridge Investment Partnership was granted planning for The Meadows and Buchan Street site in August. The two existing community facilities will be replaced with a modern, highly sustainable community hub, along with brand new council rented apartments, new open space, a public plaza, and retention of a café and shop space.

The Meadows site will provide 78 new one and two bedroom apartments for council rent and the Buchan Street site will see 28 one and two bedroom council rented flats built. Four of the flats at The Meadows and one at Buchan Street will be for wheelchair users.

A net total of 109 new trees will also be planted, and as well as retaining the zip wire and trim trail, a new MUGA (multi-use games area), an improved free-draining football pitch, new play areas, and a new skate ramp will be provided at the recreation ground, replacing the current provision. Enhanced meadows and woodland areas will also mean an overall improvement of 65% in biodiversity for the open space.

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