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Introduction by Chair to the Forum




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Application and Petition Details (20/03429/FUL / 104 - 112 Hills Rd Cambridge)

Application No:  20/03429/FUL

Site Address:    104 - 112 Hills Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire

Description:  1) The demolition of Betjeman House, Broadcasting House, Ortona House, Francis House, and the rear multi-storey carpark to Francis House, together with existing refuse and cycle stores; to allow for construction of two new commercial buildings of five and seven storeys respectively, providing flexible B1(a), B1(b), A1, A2, A3 uses on the ground floor and Class B1(a) and B1(b) on the upper floors.

2) The construction of basement with mezzanine level to provide for building services, cycle parking and car parking for the proposed commercial buildings, cycle and car parking spaces for Botanic House and services for Flying Pig Public House.

3) The refurbishment of the Flying Pig Public House at 106 Hills Road, including demolition of part single/part two storey outrigger and single storey store, alterations to elevations, construction of extension to enable level access and layout pub garden.

4) Creation of new public realm and landscaping, incorporating segregated vehicular and cycle access from Hills Road, a new access to service areas and substations, and taxi drop off for both the development proposed and existing Botanic House.

Applicant:  Not available

Agent:  Jonathan Bainbridge, Bidwells

Address:  25 Old Burlington Street London W1S 3AN

Lead Petitioner:  Cambridge City resident

Case Officer:    Phil Mcintosh


Text of Petition:    

This is a petition to request Cambridge City Council hold a Development Control Forum in respect of planning application 20/03429/FUL


Site address: 104 – 112 Hills Rd Cambridge


on the grounds that:

[according to ‘Probity in Planning for councillors and officers’, published by the Local Government Association and The Planning Advisory Service, it ought to be advertised as a ‘Departure’ application, because:]


The application is not in accordance with the following Local Plan Policies:


Local Plan Policy 14 - Areas of Major Change, states; ‘development shall only be permitted: where the development is based on clearly articulated and justified objectives and approach through the provision of a site-wide masterplan’. and: ’3.28 Substantial development will not be permitted in advance of the preparation and approval of a site-wide masterplan, strategies and/or other over-arching documents as required by the scale and nature of development’. Masterplanning has not been carried out in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012);


Policy 21 states: ‘Station Area West 2 will be subject to masterplanning and detailed transport assessment before any new planning applications come forward.’ Masterplanning has not been carried out in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012);


Policy 55 - Responding to context; The proposal ignores the prevailing character of the area in terms of both scale, mass and architectural detail;


Policy 58 - Altering and extending existing buildings; The proposed alterations to the Flying Pig do not respect the character of the existing building, and will seriously undermine the viability of the pub as a business;


Policy 61 - Conservation and enhancement of Cambridge's historic environment; The Flying Pig is completely dominated by this over-bearing  ...  view the full agenda text for item 4.