Cambridge North station hotel to go forward, but changes needed for CB4 office block
PUBLISHED: 17:09 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:09 15 November 2017
The hotel and office block were both set for approval.
A four-star hotel, that will include 217 bedrooms, a lobby bar and restaurant, gym, swimming pool and conference centre, has got the green light for development.
Councillors on the Joint Development Control Committee, made up of representatives from South Cambridgeshire, Cambridge City and Cambridgeshire County Councils, approved the plans at a meeting today (November 15).
Councillors also agreed to pause plans for a seven storey office block outside the station after concerns were raised about cycle routes near the building.
The hotel will also have space allocated on the ground floor for shops, a 20-space car park and 108 nearby cycle parking spaces. There will be two wings to the hotel; a five-storey southern wing and seven-storey northern wing.
Cllr David Bard, chair of the committee and South Cambridgeshire District Councillor, said: “A new hotel plus the accompanying shops, restaurants and cafes it’ll bring, will continue to breathe new life into the area around Cambridge North Station.
“We know there have been calls for more services around the station since it opened, and this means we’re now a big step towards them being built and opened.
“Visitors to the hotel will benefit from great public transport links; they will be right at the end of the Guided Busway, close to several regular bus stops and of course right next door to a train station.
“Officers have worked really hard, along with developers Brookgate, to make the area around the station the best that it can be for all of the people who will use it, including pedestrians and cyclists coming to and from the area or just passing through.
“With that in mind, we are happy to continue working with them to assist in altering the plans for the office block, which in the Committee’s view are not quite right at the moment.”