Grosvenor and Cambridge United’s plans for new sporting facilities and homes in the green belt withdrawn

29 June 2017

A planning application to build over 500 homes and sporting facilities in the green belt on the edge of Cambridge has been withdrawn by the applicant, Grosvenor.

Grosvenor withdrew the application after months of the plans being assessed by Council planners and concerns over major development in the green belt being discussed.

Council planning bosses have praised Grosvenor for their proactive approach to discussing the concerns over the application as any development in the green belt must pass a much higher test and demonstrate the special circumstances why it should be allowed.

The application submitted in July last year for a sporting village and hundreds of new homes in the green belt on land between the Trumpington Park & Ride and the M11 to the south of Cambridge, included:

  • 520 homes
  • Indoor sports hall and retail
  • Outdoor floodlit cycling track and BMX area
  • Floodlit all weather pitches
  • Parking

A linked planning application to Cambridge City Council for improvements to the Abbey Stadium on Newmarket Road has also been withdrawn by the applicant.

Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: "We turned down development in this area through our Local Plans due to the harm it would have had on the green belt. We have been discussing the merits of the plans again through this application and I would like to thank Grosvenor and Cambridge United Football Club for the positive conversations we have had with them.

“Our view is that major development such as this should be properly considered through our Local Plan which guides how we manage growth in the future. There is no reason that plans to develop in this area can’t be put forward again in the future. Planning is all about assessing the merits of schemes based on the facts at the time, but it is important to remember that this is green belt land which has a high level of protection.”

The withdrawn application can be viewed by visiting, clicking on the planning button and searching reference number S/1925/16/OL.