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15/2171/FUL - Ditchburn Place, Mill Road

Decision Maker: Planning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

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 creation of larger Extracare flats, construction of an extension to provide six new Extracare flats and demolition of Burmaside House. The proposal would replace Burmaside House with a three storey extension with eaves and ridge height level with that of the existing three-storey buildings on-site.


The Committee received a representation in objection to the application from the Mill Road History Society.


The representation covered the following concerns:


  i.  The Society fully supported the Council’s aims to provide more and better quality care in Ditchburn Place. This could be done whilst retaining the exterior of Burmaside House as this had an importance place in the history of Mill Road.

  ii.  It was also significant as the architect of Burmaside House, S.E. Urwin, was the County Architect in Cambridgeshire during the 1930s. He was part of the European ‘International’ architectural movement which sought to change society through design, with very distinctive buildings in health and education.

  iii.  For the reasons stated The Society had submitted an application to English Heritage for the Burmaside House to become a designated a Building of Local Interest and also for the entire Ditchburn Place site to be considered for Grade II listing.

  iv.  Believed the Design and Access Statement to be inadequate.


The Committee:


Resolved (by 5 votes to 0) to grant the application for planning permission in accordance with the officer recommendation, for the reasons set out in the officer report, and subject to the conditions recommended by the officers.

Report author: Michael Hammond

Publication date: 24/05/2016

Date of decision: 27/04/2016

Decided at meeting: 27/04/2016 - Planning

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