“Missing” information delays the vote on 40 apartments for hospital accommodation


A decision on whether or not to build 40 new short-term accommodation apartments in Cambridge has been delayed after councilors raised concerns over “missing” information.

The Cambridge City Council Planning Committee met yesterday morning (October 6) to discuss construction plans for the three new serviced apartment buildings on Queen Ediths Way, on the site of a former care home which has since been demolished.

The proposed serviced apartments would provide temporary accommodation and serve Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

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The plans had been recommended for approval by the planning officer.

Speaking at the meeting, the planning officer said the site was considered a “highly suitable location”.

Claimant’s agent, GCR Campprop Eight Ltd, told advisers at the meeting that there is “significant demand” for short-term accommodation for Addenbrooke’s staff and visitors.

He explained that the proposed buildings were of “bespoke architectural design” and thought had been given to making the buildings “attractive”, as well as the scale and mass of the buildings to avoid the “eclipse” and the “loss of privacy”. in adjacent properties.

However, one of the site’s neighbors spoke out at the meeting to oppose the plans, arguing that the project featured the “decimation of community property in the form of a retirement home, to be replaced by a hotel that offers no advantages ”.

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He added: “Residents fear that the true scale of the development remains unknown and that there is considerable shadow.

“We are also concerned that if it is not commercially viable, there will be a change in use.”

Queen Edith’s Ward Councilor Sam Davies also spoke at the meeting, raising concerns as to why the proposals were not being built on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, as had been suggested in locally, rather than “dump” into Queen Edith’s Way.

Committee advisor Katie Thornburrow also raised concerns about the change of the site of a care home.

She said: “I think the loss of a care home is something to be questioned about and is of concern as we have an aging population in Cambridge.

“Where we have nursing homes, I think they should be valued. “

One of the board members explained that due to the demolition of the care home, there is no longer a specific use for it to be a care home, only the generic use designation of the site, which, according to him, did not prevent other developments than a new treatment. residence.

During the discussion of the plans, councilors raised questions and concerns regarding access, ventilation, disabled parking and how waste produced by proposed future occupants would be stored and collected.

Councilor Thornburrow said: “There is a lack of information on access for people with disabilities, on waste collection, a huge amount of information is requested as conditions when it could easily have been provided or collected.”

Following the questions raised, the vice-president of the planning committee Councilor Dave Baigent left the council room to have a brief discussion with the council officers.

On his return, he proposed that the article be postponed. Councilor Baigent said, “There seem to be major concerns and there seem to be a lot of conditions. I will postpone this until we have more details.

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