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Introduction by Chair to the Forum




Declarations of Interest


Application and Petition Details pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Application No:  19/1056/REM

Site Address:    Land Between Huntingdon Road And Histon Road, Cambridge Known As "Darwin Green One"

Description:  Reserved Matters application for second housing phase (known as BDW2) including 330 dwellings with associated internal roads, car parking, landscaping, amenity and public open space. The Reserved Matters include access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale and related partial discharge of conditions 8, 10, 14, 18, 26, 27, 29, 35, 40, 49, 52, 58, 62, 63, and 66 pursuant to outline approval 07/0003/OUT and use of the Pavilion building for Use Classes A1 (shops), A3 (restaurants and cafes), A4 (drinking establishments), A5 (hot food takeaways).


Agent:  Harriet Wooler

Address:  Bidwells House Trumpington Road Cambridge CB2 9LD

Lead Petitioner:  Residents of Woodlark Road

Case Officer:    Charlotte Burton


Text of Petition:  


The grounds for asking for a Forum on this application are as follows:



1.  Accuracy – the plans submitted illustrate a historic view of the houses and flats on Woodlark Road and do not reflect the recent planning permission for the rear extensions at Grosvenor Court, or alterations and extensions to the houses in Woodlark Road over the last 10 years. The plans are therefore inaccurate. Consequently, it is not possible to ascertain accurately the impact of the new development, particularly on overlooking and daylight / sun light issues on the existing community.

2.  Proximity – the proximity of the new development to existing perimeter buildings on Woodlark Road is too close. This is particularly relevant for 131 – 136 in the BDW2 plans.

3.  Density – the density of houses in the BDW2 development is far greater than the surrounding areas.

4.  The Pavilion. This is situated in a quiet residential area, the use of this building is best served in a residential capacity. Alteration for use as retail, food and licensed premises is not appropriate. Proximity would expose nearby properties to a security risk, noise, cooking odours and pollution from external lighting.  Of note, there are also no plans of how the Pavilion would be adapted for retail use or whether the plan is to demolish the building which has historical and architectural importance. The building has already been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair.

5.  Drainage – there is a real risk of flooding in the ditch which runs parallel between Darwin Green and Woodlark Road:

a)  More information needs to be provided about how the long term maintenance of the ditch will be funded. The information provided does not meet the requirements of condition 35 of the outline conditions.

b)  The security implications of the maintenance path, which runs parallel and behind the Woodlark Road, needs more consideration in its design.

c)  There is also concern that the drainage on the Darwin Green site does not have adequate capacity to allow for climate change. The proposed drainage system could be overwhelmed by heavy sustained rainfall and subsequently the overflow could cause flooding to the surrounding areas.

6.  Light pollution – given the proximity of the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 4.