On 16th November the Joint Development Control Committee, comprising members appointed by Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, approved an application for a new hotel building at Cambridge North.
Sven Topel, Chief Executive at Brookgate, commented: “The approval for the new hotel is hugely positive for Cambridge North and the City as a whole. This is an important step in creating a gateway at Cambridge North and bringing Cambridge Square, the new public space outside the station, to life. The design approach for the buildings is to create a highly sustainable environment that makes Cambridge North an attractive destination for visitors, workers and residents.”
Despite being recommended for approval by planners, a concurrent planning application for a new 9,600sqm energy efficient office building at Cambridge North was refused. The reason for refusal related solely to the design of the shared pedestrian and cycle route through the Station Square. Brookgate are now looking again at the scheme to address the refusal, work with the planners on the changes and submit an amended application. This will involve further development of plans to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians, ensuring that their journey through the square is safe and enjoyable.
Sven Topel added: “We know how important this is to all of us here in Cambridge and Network Rail and Brookgate have already committed to providing £463,000 for cycle and pedestrian link improvements to the site.”
Cambridge North is one of the few brownfield sites in the City sub-region which means that development there will result in less development on greenfield sites. The development will create a large number of jobs during the construction phase as well as the potential for over 50 full time jobs in the hotel and over 700 jobs in the office building.
This development helps to build on the success of Cambridge North Station and will support plans for the surrounding area to become an attractive place to live, visit and work. Cambridge North encompasses over 30 acres and in addition to the hotel and offices, will include up to 1000 new homes, retail outlets and community uses - with the new rail station and transport interchange providing links to routes for cyclists, pedestrians and bus users.