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Meeting: 21/06/2016 - Joint Development Control Committee - Cambridge Fringes (Item 28)

Pre-application Briefing - Lot M3, North West Cambridge Development

Hill Residential - Market Housing.


The Committee received a presentation on Lot M3, North West Cambridge Development. 


Members raised comments/questions as listed below. Answers were supplied, but as this was a pre-application presentation, none of the answers were to be regarded as binding and so are not included in the minutes.


1. Queried the orientation of the scheme, especially the central Long Gallery, in relation to sunlight, and commented that it would be useful to have summer and winter views, including shadow diagrams.

2. Asked if the cycle parking included designated spaces for residents as it appeared to be quite scattered, and whether residents would have guaranteed cycle parking.

3. Asked whether the Long Gallery would be private, or whether there would be public access.  The Member commented that it would be helpful to have guidance from officers regarding public access. 

4. Asked if all residents would have access to the roof garden. 

5. Asked for clarification on the term ‘University commercial space’.

6. Queried the anticipated resident numbers, and the number of car and cycle parking spaces. 

7. Expressed concern about the proposal to have “some designated cycle parking in Long Gallery”, observing that there was the potential for a clutter of bicycles in that space.

8. Asked what provision was proposed for visitors’ cycle parking. 

9. Asked about disabled access, including access for disabled residents’ vehicles.

10. Commented that the waste containers were too far away for disabled residents, and a solution should be sought which enabled disabled residents to independently use waste facilities. 

11. Queried the distance from the development to the cricket pitch.

12. Urged against impeding the views to the green open space from the lower storeys from landscaping. 

13. Asked if there was a shared boundary with any landowner other than Storeys Field.

14. Asked how many of the apartments would have provision for disabled residents.

15. Queried the percentage of affordable housing.