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City Council Chiefs urge Residents to give their views on ambitious proposals for Mill Road Depot

Leading Cambridge City Councillors. Richard Robertson and Kevin Price, have said that they hope lots of local residents will attend the exhibition for Mill Road Depot at the launch of a consultation on plans by the Cambridge Investment Partnership for redevelopment of the site, and also respond to the consultation itself.

The public exhibition on the proposals for up to 230 new homes will take place on Wednesday 19 July at St Barnabas Church in Mill Road from 3 pm - 6.30 pm and comments on the consultation will be open until Friday 11 August.

Councillor Robertson, the City’s Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources, said: “ We are determined to take through the ambitious vision for this major city council owned site which was outlined in the Mill Road Depot Development Brief, approved in March after extensive consultation with the local community. I look forward to working with residents again on the more detailed proposals coming forward through the Cambridge Investment Partnership.

Our core principles for this important site are to create a new mixed residential neighbourhood which integrates well with the existing strong communities in Petersfield and provides high quality new open spaces.   Excellent walking and cycling routes into and around the site, including the Chisholm Trail, are vital to reduce the need for car journeys. Our proposals will also ensure that all motor vehicle access to the site will only be from Mill Road.”

Councillor Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing at Cambridge City Council, said: “This site represents the first large mixed housing site to come forward using the City’s £70,000,000 grant funding from the Devolution Deal to deliver new council homes.  We want to achieve 50% affordable housing at Mill Road Depot and are also looking at the potential for further investment from the General Fund to build some of the new homes as part of our Cambridge Housing Company’s portfolio which would be rented out to those with a low priority for council homes. This is an exciting opportunity to address the high need in Cambridge for additional housing of all tenures, whether that is market sale, intermediate or social rented homes. “

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