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18/1467/FUL - University Eye Clinic, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road

Decision Maker: Planning

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee received an application for full planning permission.


The application sought approval for the infill of the existing undercroft.


Liz Craig, Estates Manager of Anglia Ruskin University and Tom Manville of the Student Union of Anglia Ruskin University (Applicant’s representatives) addressed the Committee in support of the application.


Councillor Richard Robertson (Petersfield Ward Councillor) addressed the Committee about the application and made the following comments:


  i.  Previously the site had been an open space with an area for bins.

  ii.  The first application for a bin store had been received in 2008.

  iii.  In 2010 the bin store was greed along with a commitment to Anglia Ruskin being a good neighbour.

  iv.  The eye clinic had never used the bins in this area.

  v.  Bin store was for the sole use of local residents.

  vi.  Loss of the facility would contravene Local Plan Policy 58 (negative impact on amenity of neighbours)

 vii.  Anti-social behaviour was a concern but alternative controls and cleaning strategies were available.

viii.  Alternative solutions, such as gates, have been rejected by Anglia Ruskin University.


The Committee:


Resolved (by 5 votes to 1 and 3 abstentions) to reject the officer recommendation to approve the application.


Resolved (by 6 votes to 0 and 1 abstention) to agree the following reasons for refusal:


Loss of the bin store would contravene Local Plan Policy 58.



Resolved (by 6 votes to 0 and 1 abstention) to refuse the application contrary to the officer recommendation for the following reasons:


The proposed infilling of the undercroft would result in the loss of bin storage for residents of nearby properties, and would therefore be detrimental to their residential amenity, contrary to Policy 58 of the Cambridge Local Plan (2018).


Committee Manager Note: Councillors Holt and Page Croft left after the initial vote for this item.

Report author: Alice Young

Publication date: 02/01/2019

Date of decision: 05/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 05/12/2018 - Planning

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