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No. Item

17/1/Briefing

Meetings procedure

West Cambridge Masterplan Review at Land south of Madingley Road

 

Application reference 16/1134/OUT

 

Date, Time and Venue

Thursday, 16 February 2017 at 15:30 to 16:30

Committee Room 1, The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ

 

Format of meeting

Officer presentation – 20 minutes

Open questions – 40 minutes

 

Purpose of Briefing

 

- To update Members and residents on the current progress of the outline planning application 16/1134/OUT.

 

- To explain how key issues identified at consultation stage are being addressed. The issues are:

 

·  Landscape and Urban Design – Setting of the City

·  Highway Issues

·  Tree Issues

·  Drainage

·  Environmental Health Issues

·  Sustainability

·  Amenities Delivery

 

- Provide an update on the programme and next steps.

 

 

Application Site

 

The outline planning application is for a new masterplan for the West Cambridge Campus, at Land south of Madingley Road.

 

The existing site is a major new development for the University of Cambridge for academic and commercial research totalling 66 ha in area. The proposed densified West Cambridge would have a total floorspace of 500,280 sq m (by 2031). Phase 1 (2021) would provide 284,310 sq m, composed of 167,159 sq m of academic floorspace and 92,386 sq m of commercial floorspace.

 

The extant 1999 masterplan has been partially implemented. This related to a scheme of 235,437 sq m floorspace in total. The principal roads through the site have been implemented along with numerous key buildings and the East and West Forums.

 

Policy Context

 

The site area is wholly within proposals site 7.06 of the Cambridge Local Plan 2006 and site M13 of the emerging Local Plan.

The Council has identified an overall strategic need for future employment growth across the city, including making more efficient use of existing employment sites. The University’s application submission sets out a long term vision and strategy for the comprehensive development of the whole West Cambridge Site.

The emerging Cambridge Local Plan supports densification of the site in principle, subject to provision of a revised site wide masterplan that takes an ‘integrated and comprehensive approach to development’. This places importance on ensuring that the amount of floorspace can be successfully accommodated in environmental terms. This includes design, impact on the green belt and setting of the City, amenity and transport impact.

 

17/2/Briefing

APOLOGIES

17/3/Briefing

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

17/4/Briefing

PRE-APPLICATION BRIEFING Members and Residents update - West Cambridge outline - 16/1134/OUT

Approx: 15:30 – 16:30 pm

 

Minutes:

Member and Resident Update Meeting

West Cambridge Masterplan Review – 16/1134/OUT

Summary Note

Thursday 16 February 2017

15:30 – 16:30

Council Chamber, Guildhall

 

1.0  Apologies

 

Councillor Marie-Louise Holland.

 

2.0  Declarations of Interest

 

None.

3.0  Purpose of Briefing

 

-  To update Members and residents on the current progress of the outline planning application 16/1134/OUT.

To explain how key issues identified at consultation stage are being addressed.  The issues are:

 

o  Landscape and Urban Design – Setting of the City

o  Highway Issues

o  Tree Issues

o  Drainage

o  Environmental Health Issues

o  Sustainability

o  Amenities Delivery

 

Provide an update on the programme and next steps.

 

4.0  Application Site

4.1  The outline planning application is for a new masterplan for the West Cambridge Campus, at Land south of Madingley Road. 

 

4.2  The existing site is a major new development for the University of Cambridge for academic and commercial research totalling 66 ha in area.  The proposed densified West Cambridge would have a total floorspace of 500,280 sq m (by 2031). Phase 1 (2021) would provide 284,310 sq m, composed of 167,159 sq m of academic floorspace and 92,386 sq m of commercial floorspace.

 

4.3  The extant 1999 masterplan has been partially implemented. This related to a scheme of 235,437 sq m floorspace in total.  The principal roads through the site have been implemented along with numerous key buildings and the East and West Forums.

 

5.0  Policy Context

 

5.1  The site area is wholly within proposals site 7.06 of the Cambridge Local Plan 2006 and site M13 of the emerging Local Plan.

 

5.2  The Council has identified an overall strategic need for future employment growth across the city, including making more efficient use of existing employment sites. The University’s application submission sets out a long term vision and strategy for the comprehensive development of the whole West Cambridge Site.

 

5.3  The emerging Cambridge Local Plan supports densification of the site in principle, subject to provision of a revised site wide masterplan that takes an ‘integrated and comprehensive approach to development’.  This places importance on ensuring that the amount of floor space can be successfully accommodated in environmental terms.  This includes design, impact on the green belt and setting of the City, amenity and transport impact.

 

6.0  Key Points from Officer Update

 

-  Original application submission was in June 2016.

-  Documents considered – included 5 parameter plans, Design and Access Statement, Design Guide, Environment Statement and various supporting technical studies.

-  Key officer concerns – were set out to the developer team following the consultation period.  The key Issues are:

-  Transport- the transport assessment as submitted was not a complete assessment.  Principles of phased approach explained and the latest update on modelling work which is being carried out.

-  Landscape and visual impact – potential visual impact of the proposals, particularly from key views from the south and west.  Indicative revised images were introduced showing reduced height in key areas.

-  Trees – full consideration and survey of existing trees  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17/4/Briefing