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Application and Petition Details (20/04261/FUL / Jewish Synagogue 3 Thompsons Lane Cambridge CB5 8AQ)

Application No:    20/04261/FUL

Site Address:    Jewish Synagogue 3 Thompsons Lane Cambridge CB5 8AQ

Description:  Demolition of existing Synagogue and Jewish Community facility and erection of a new Synagogue and Jewish Community facility including replacement parking spaces and new cycle storage and associated works

Applicant:  The Trustees

Agent:  David Ward, R H Partnership

Address:  94 Chesterton Road Cambridge CB4 1ER

Lead Petitioner:  Resident of Thompson’s Lane

Case Officer:    Saffron Loasby


Text of Petition:  

We the undersigned petition the council to Establish a Development Control Forum in respect of planning application 20/04261/FUL

Residents support application 20/04261/FUL (redevelopment of synagogue), but petition for a Development Control Forum to discuss concerns & remedies.

Background noise level doubled in violation of pre-planning stipulations and Council Policies. Moreover, at time of measurements made by out-of-date acoustic report, there existed a disputed source of other noise pollution, thus background noise level unrepresentative of quieter current situation. Proposed Remedy - acoustic report be updated; with current designs; background noise levels re-measured excluding disputed neighbouring restaurant disturbance; noise estimates at bedroom heights.

Noisy, unshielded, roof-mounted mechanical equipment planned near neighbouring bedroom windows in grade II listed residential dwellings. 3 large units < 10 metres from Portugal Place & The Old Vicarage bedrooms, at same height with no acoustic screening. Sound power levels estimated up to 86 dBA, comparable to power lawn mower. Proposed Remedy - propose deletion of roof-mounted equipment; noisy plant confined to interior.

Consider making planning consent subject to following conditions:

1 – CUJS enter into Undertaking to operate the facility in a manner befitting more intensive use:

• Single point of contact be established, with formal role in governance; local community access to accountable parties with authority to address concerns;
• Suitable signage urging visitors to respect local residents when entering and leaving;
• Noiseless gates, secured against wind, kept in this condition;
• Overnight stay of people not permitted.

2 – ‘Winter Garden’ Roof Terrace with retractable roof, directly overlooks neighbours’ bedrooms. Roof only allowed to be open from 10:00 to 21:00, no music to be played in the winter garden at any time when roof open, nor other noisy activities e.g. film night, but excluding religious observances requiring opening of roof. Employ frosted glass all sides.

3 – Proposal impacts rights of way of The Old Vicarage, and compromise has been negotiated. However access to eastern boundary wall blocked by proposed security fence. CUJS to enter into Undertaking to allow access to eastern boundary for purposes outlined in pre-existing Deed, on basis not more restrictive than that to date.

4 – Smokers may congregate outside the proposed gate which is directly by main entrance to The Old Vicarage, or to the east of the building but adjacent to windows of Portugal Place. Smoking not to be allowed in vicinity of neighbouring properties nor in Roof Terrace.

5 – Proposed modifications to Construction Management Strategy regarding:
• Standard working hours in section 2.2 are Mon to Thu 8am to 6pm, inconsistency with section 3.9 (Mon to Fri);
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