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Public consultation reveals enthusiasm for joint University and Colleges plan to regenerate the Old Press/Mill Lane area.

We are very pleased that, overall, the proposals in the Masterplan were supported by 77% of respondents – this is a very high number for regeneration projects and reflects the public and stakeholders’ desire to see high quality regeneration of the area.

Professor Duncan Maskell, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor

During March and April, a full public consultation was held on proposals for a masterplan that will transform an important quarter of the city and draws residents, students and visitors into the area.  The masterplan, which is being put forward by the University together with Darwin, Queens' and Pembroke Colleges, was originally called for in the City Council’s Supplementary Planning Document of 2010 and includes the creation of new areas of public open space on the riverfront as well as retail and leisure opportunities.

The consultation included two days of public exhibitions held at the University Centre on Granta Place in late March. Key members of the project team were present to answer any questions about the scheme, and it gave the opportunity to feed back to the University and the Colleges on the proposals, including key aspects such as the creation of public open space on the riverfront through the demolition of the Laundress Lane Warehouse.

The results of the feedback have shown that there has been strong support in general for the proposals. In responding to the consultation questionnaire, 95% felt that the exhibition had been useful, with 90% agreeing that regeneration of the area was important. Importantly, having reviewed the plans, 79% of respondents wanted to see the creation of a new area of public open space through the removal of the Laundress Lane Warehouse – this option was first reviewed in the 2010 Supplementary Planning Document that called for a Masterplan. In addition, although in the city council’s control not the University’s, 81% supported the removal of the boatshed on Granta Place – both of these proposals open up public access to the river and significantly improve views over Coe Fen.

Duncan Maskell, the University’s Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said, “We are very pleased that, overall, the proposals in the Masterplan were supported by 77% of respondents – this is a very high number for regeneration projects and reflects the public and stakeholders’ desire to see high quality regeneration of the area.”

This masterplan, which sets out general development parameters, will be followed by full planning applications that provide more detail around traffic control and architectural treatment. The first of these full applications will come from Pembroke College later this year and will provide more details about the block bounded by Mill Lane and Little St Mary’s Lane.

Although the consultation is now closed the proposals are still available to view on the project website at www.opml.sitedevelopments.cam.ac.uk or alternatively you can email at consultation@opmlcambridge.co.uk if you have any further comments/questions.

For more information about other major University development projects, see www.sitedevelopments.cam.ac.uk

Published

11 May 2018