Councillor Dave Baigent attended the Guildhall to help with the forum and discussions about this development (9th July). Hoping the developers and residents can find common ground before the planning discussion at East Area Committee.
Alternatively people can contact me by email
More details of this application will be found at
DEVELOPMENT CONTROL FORUM, 10.00 am Wednesday, 9 July 2014, Committee Room 1 & 2 – Guildhall
Contact: Claire Tunnicliffe Direct Dial: 01223 457012
1 INTRODUCTION BY CHAIR TO THE FORUM
3 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Committee: East Area Committee
Date: 9 July 2014
Application No: 14/0607/FUL
Site Address: 1 Great Eastern Street, Cambridge, CB1 3AB
Description: Conversion and extension of existing frontage building
from office to 1no. flat and 1 studio flat; and erection of 4
studio flats to the rear (following demolition of existing
outbuildings), together with associated infrastructure.
Agent: Justin Bainton, Januarys Consultant Surveyors
EAST AREA COMMITTEE
Public Document Pack
Address: York House, 7 Dukes Court, 54-62 Newmarket Road,
Cambridge, CB5 8DZ
Lead Petitioner: Deborah Griffin
Address: 5 Great Eastern Street, Cambridge, CB1 3AB
Case Officer: Amit Patel, Planning Officer
Text of Petition:
The proposed development is an overdevelopment of a
constrained site. Six residential units are planned on a site of one small
Victorian house. The proposed new building is more than double the
volume of the existing buildings. This will be visible from Mill Road and
detract from the character of the conservation area. The size of the
development will also be detrimental to nos 3 & 5 in particular whose
properties will be dominated by the large brick building creating a feeling of
enclosure and oppression. Views of trees and skies from the windows and
gardens of these properties will be depleted especially to the north and
north-east where the building will extend twice as long as the existing
buildings. As the current buildings to the west and south of nos 3 & 5 are
lower and narrower, it is difficult to see how the applicants shadow drawings
conclude that shadow conditions are broadly similar.
The new buildings will present large expanses of brick where in contrast
with the largely wooden structures of the existing structures.
Do you think there are changes that could be made to overcome your
If Yes, please explain:
The development should be built within the volume of the existing buildings
which will still allow the site to have four dwellings.
Information for Petitioners’ and Applicants’ Representative
The aims of the Forum are to allow early discussion of the planning issues and to
explore the scope for agreement and compromise between all sides.
Up to three representatives of the petitioners and up to three representatives of the
applicants may attend and speak for a total period not exceeding 20 minutes.
The applicants’ presentation is heard first and applicants are asked to start their
presentation with a brief description of the application proposals.
For further information on the conduct of the Forum or the petition process, please
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Format of the Forum
The format of the Forum will be as follows for each application:
· Introduction by Chair and declaration of Councillor interests – up to 5 minutes
· Presentation of the application by the applicant/agent (up to 3 representatives)
principally to address the issues raised by petitioners – up to 15 minutes
· Presentation of the views of the petitioners against the application (up to 3
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· Presentation of the views of the petitioners in support of the application (where
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· Presentation by the planning officer – up to 10 minutes
· Member questions and issues arising – up to 30 minutes
· Summing up by the applicant/agent – up to 5 minutes
· Summing up by the petitioners against the application – up to 5 minutes
· Summing up by the petitioners in support of the application – up to 5 minutes
· Final comments of the Chair
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