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Introduction by Chair to the Forum




Declarations of Interest


Application and Petition Details pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Application ref:  21/03609/FUL

Site Address:    National Institute Of Agricultural Botany Huntingdon Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0LE

Description:  Retention of the former NIAB Headquarters building, the demolition of all other buildings and structures, and the erection of buildings with basements for 291 Build to Rent units (Use Class C3) including affordable housing and a 202 bed Apart-Hotel (Sui Generis) and associated facilities along with access, car and cycle parking, landscaping and infrastructure works.

Agent:  Peter Mckeown

Address:  One Station Square Cambridge CB1 2GA

Lead Petitioner:  Resident of Howes Place

Case Officer:    Rebecca Ward


Text of Petition:


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


  HARM to the context of the local heritage asset of Howes Place and the amenity of existing residents through the overbearing massing and height of the proposed development and location of a micro-brewery and bar alongside local the heritage asset.

  HARM to specific elements of the built and landscape heritage assets. This harm would arise from proposals for the selective demolition of two houses at Nos. 14 and 15 Howes Place and felling of at least ten (10) pleached limes trees which are protected under TPO 10/1991. These houses and trees are essential parts of the built environment and the landscape setting of the local heritage asset.

  HARM to the setting of the local heritage asset by making Howes Place the back yard of the proposed development for commercial vehicles, drops-offs and pick-ups and cut through for pedestrians and cyclists, including electric cycle and scooter traffic, transitioning to and from the development and parts of Darwin Green to the city centre. Noting that Howes Place is a private, unadopted, unlit and narrow access. This imposes unnecessary harm to the setting as the development site is already served by purpose-built footpaths and cycle lanes on Lawrence Weaver Road and a traffic light controlled junction with Huntingdon Road.

  HARM to the health and well-being of existing neighbouring residents and future residents of the proposed development through the under provision and inappropriate provision of amenity space within the proposed development.

  Proposed under provision of 'Affordable Private Rent' dwellings.

  Proposed under provision of parking spaces for residents, visitors to the Apart-Hotel and employees of the Apart-Hotel, retail units, cafe, micro-brewery and bar and building maintenance contractors.


Do you think there are changes that could be made to overcome your concerns?



  Significant reduction in the massing and height of the proposed development and removal of the micro-brewery and bar from the proposed development.

  Retention of Nos.14 and 15 Howes Place and all of the pleached limes trees which are protected under TPO 10/1991 with sympathetic integration of these built and landscape heritage assets into the proposed development.

  Removal of any points of access from Howes Place to the proposed development to ensure that all vehicle, pedestrian and cycle access to the proposed development is from the purpose-built roadways, footpaths and cycle lanes on Lawrence Weaver Road  ...  view the full agenda text for item 4.