North East Cambridge AAP Consultation announced - closes 25 March

A huge re-development of the North-East Fringe of Cambridge, including re-location of the sewage works, is being planned.

It entails relocation of the sewage works at Milton in order to redevelop a large area south of the A14 down to Cambridge North station and including the Science Park. This had been called the Northern Fringe Project but it is now the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan. The idea is to have a dense urban development. This would use a new approach to have residences, workplaces and facilities mixed at a small scale of granularity all within walking/cycling distance. The planners have produced a 12-page summary to explain the development which can be viewed HERE.

They are also carrying out a number of consultation EVENTSand online responses can be made HERE.

There are a lot of complex issues, but here are some key ones to consider:
It Will be Very Big - The population could be similar to that of Ely (perhaps upto 18,000) so it is a lot bigger than, say, Orchard Park. It is also planned to include high rise development and no limit has yet been put on how high this will be.
Traffic Congestion - The top of Milton Road sometimes hits gridlock as it is, so the extra traffic does not bear thinking about. The planners have many worthy ideas to minimise car use on the development, but these are unproven.
No Mention of CAM Metro – Over a year ago the mayor’s consultants published indicative maps showing their proposed underground metro linking with Cambridge North/Science Park.  Where is it in these plans?
Facilities - If insufficient facilities are developed there will be an impact locally. Apparently it has already been decided not to build a secondary school and to absorb the new pupils into existing schools.
The Edges of the Development - The development borders on to disadvantaged parts of the city and it is not clear that these areas will be upgraded to deal with the new demands.
Developers and Implementation - Developers in Cambridge have been consistent only in always failing to deliver all of the promised facilities. Where they have been provided it has often been too late and too incoherent. It is difficult to see why things will be any different this time as it will take place under the same legislation and even with some of the same developers. These include Brookgate whose CB1 development has been so controversial. If the developers fail to mitigate potential problems then the issues mentioned above could have considerable impacts. See this link for a new example locally: