Have your say on Grosvenor’s and Cambridge United’s plans for sporting facilities and new homes

10 August 2016

Local people are being urged to have their say on plans to build new sporting facilities and hundreds of new homes to on the edge of Cambridge as well as a redevelopment of the Abbey Stadium in the city.

Plans submitted by Grosvenor propose 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.

The plans include:

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

The site is 45.58 hectares, roughly the same size as 45 football pitches.

Plans submitted at the same time for the Abbey Stadium on Newmarket Road would see the north stand redeveloped, with the east and west stands potentially being redeveloped by the football club as part of future phases along with the capacity being increased to 11,000.

The plans also include three buildings near to the new north stand and entrance to the site from Newmarket Road. These buildings include a new ticket office, club shop, supporters bar, hostel and student accommodation.

By moving the pitch toward the South Stand there are also plans to build eight homes near the entrance from Newmarket Road.

The plans for the sporting village and homes to the south of the city are not included in the Local Plans by the two Councils. The Local Plans guide how the areas will be developed up to 2031. They are currently being independently assessed by Government inspectors.

Grosvenor has said that the sporting village and hundreds of new homes to the south of the city would allow the redevelopment of the Abbey Stadium to be financed. This will be considered by the two councils as part of the assessment of the applications as they look at the benefits of the proposals against the harm to the green belt.

Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: "We turned down development of homes and the sporting facilities through our Local Plans due to the harm those proposals would have had on the green belt. Any development in this area needs to pass a higher bar as there are strict tests. Our job is to assess this application on that basis. Before we do that we really want everyone to have their say. We know there are always views on all sides of any planning debate and this is your chance to make sure your voice is heard."

Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Cambridge City Council’s planning portfolio holder, said: “We will be working closely with our partners at South Cambridgeshire District Council to examine the case put forward by Grosvenor for the proposed development in the green belt. Whilst we would, in principle, welcome proposals that would provide significant improvements to the Abbey Stadium ground and secure the financial position of the Football Club, we need to consider our joint position in relation to the Local Plan green belt policies that have been agreed.”

To have your say on the planning application for the sporting village and new homes visit www.scambs.gov.uk, click on the reference number S/1925/16/OL. You can also view the application by visiting www.cambridge.gov.uk, click on the planning application button, then view a planning application and use reference number 16/1376/OUT.

To comment on the Abbey Stadium proposals visit www.cambridge.gov.uk, click on the planning application button and use reference number 16/1375/OUT.

Both public consultations will close on Monday 19 September. Extra time has been given by the two councils to allow for the summer holiday period.