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14/0978:FUL: Former Auckland Road Mental Health Centre, Auckland Road


The Committee received an application for full planning permission.


The application sought approval for the erection of four semi-detached dwellings and one detached dwelling (following demolition of existing buildings), together with associated infrastructure.


The Committee received representations in objection to the application from Ms Bates.


The representation covered the following issues:


  i.  Would have preferred a Community Centre on site which would have met the demand for one in the area.

  ii.  Acknowledged that the development was an improvement on the previous application.

  iii.  The scale and mass of the development would be overbearing on a small site.

  iv.  The development would overlook into neighbouring properties on Parsonage Street.

  v.  Has issues with the window treatment proposed to address the overlooking issues.

  vi.  Overlooking would be more prominent into Brunswick Cottage.

 vii.  There would be significant overshadowing to the neighbouring properties.

viii.  Retention or replacement of the existing foot wall around the north and west side of the site which would retain security.

  ix.  Questioned if wooden fencing would offer the same protection in place of the brick wall.

  x.  The boundary wall between Brunswick Cottage and thesite should be retained due to its historic significance.

  xi.  The new development would be dark and not in keeping with the neighbouring properties.

 xii.  Too many bedrooms have been included into the development.

xiii.  Lack of resident parking on the development

xiv.  Trees would be lost.


Mr Bainton (Agent) addressed the Committee in support of the application.


The Committee:


Resolved (unanimously) togrant the application for planning permission accordance with the officer recommendation, for the reasons set out in the Officer’s report, subject to the completion of the s106 Agreement by 31 December 2014, subject to the conditions recommended by the Officer and an additional condition relating to archaeology and an informative relating to liaison with the construction of the Synagogue site nearby to read as follows:


‘No development shall take place within the site until the applicant, or their agent or successors in title, has secured the implementation of a programme of archaeological work in accordance with a written scheme of investigation which has been submitted by the applicant and approved in writing by the local planning authority.


Reason: To ensure that an appropriate archaeological investigation of the site has been implemented before development commences. (Cambridge Local Plan 2006 policy 4/9).


INFORMATIVE: The contractors are advised that there is a nearby development for a Synagogue on Auckland Road. The Local Planning Authority encourages regular dialogue with those contractors to minimise disruption and disturbance to local residents arising from deliveries and construction activity’.


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