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15/1760/FUL - 23-25 Hills Road

Meeting: 04/11/2015 - Planning (Item 215)

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The Committee received an application for full planning permission.


The application sought approval for mixed use development comprising ground floor retail (use Class A1), with a non-speculative student accommodation scheme of 26No. bedrooms on the upper floors to be occupied by Abbey College, along with cycle parking, following demolition of existing buildings on site.


The Committee received a representation in objection to the application from a Cambridge Place resident.


The representation covered the following issues:

  i.  There was no on-site service vehicle parking spaces.

  ii.  Service vehicles would regularly need to access the site, if no spaces were available, they would be forced to park illegally in the road and would block the narrow entrance to Cambridge Place.

  iii.  Referred to car parking standards and said the application did not adhere to these.

  iv.  Raised safety concerns:

a.  There were no on-street rubbish bin collection points.

b.  A lack of outside amenity space in the proposal would lead to students congregating on the street.

  v.  The site cannot operate sustainably as it does not meet emerging or Local Plan 2006 criteria.


Mr McKeown (Applicant’s Agent) addressed the Committee in support of the application.


The Committee:


Resolved (by 5 votes to 2) to reject the officer recommendation to approve the application.


Resolved (by 5 votes to 0) to refuse the application contrary to the officer recommendations for the following reason:


1.  The development fails to make proper provision for servicing of the proposed student accommodation units and in so doing fails to provide for the adequate management and maintenance of the development. The development is therefore contrary to policy 3/7 of the Cambridge Local Plan 2006.