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Application and Petition Details

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 houses and gardens in the BDW2 development to the houses in Woodlark Road there should be restrictions to the position of lighting in these gardens, to include security lighting in the proposed development. The use of low level and low wattage lighting should be mandatory.



1.  The plans for the BDW2 development should be updated with the correct drawings for the houses along Woodlark Road and the planning application resubmitted. The current drawings are misleading and incorrect.

2.  The gardens behind the BDW2 houses that run parallel to Woodlark Road should be 20 metres in depth as indicated on the original pre planning drawings shown at Public meetings, with an orientation that inhibits any overlooking, and a size that does not impact daylight / sunlight issues.

3.  The density of the buildings should be checked against current best practice for residential developments of this nature.

4.  The Pavilion should not be given change of use and should be used for residential use with a community meeting room – in keeping with a Pavilion.

5.  The drainage scheme should be reviewed to ensure it meets the required 100 year flood risks taking into account the impact of Climate change. This should be carried out by an independent body. Information should also be provided on the company who will be responsible for the maintenance of the ditch along the Woodlark Road gardens.

6.  There should be mandatory restriction on the lighting used in the gardens and on the security lights on the rear walls of the houses running parallel to Woodlark Road – they should be low level and low wattage.


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