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Akeman Street parade and community centre in Cambridge to be demolished and redeveloped

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A row of shops, flats and the community centre on Akeman Street in Cambridge will be demolished for a redevelopment of the parade.

Three new retail units, including a takeaway restaurant, eight flats, six maisonettes and a new community centre will now be built on the site.

The Akeman Street plans, from the design and access statement (13378761)
The Akeman Street plans, from the design and access statement (13378761)

The development will provide 14 new council rented homes, which will contribute towards Cambridge City Council’s target of 500.

A temporary community centre will be set up in 39 Akeman Street, a residential property, to last 55 weeks.

The Cambridge Investment Partnership, a joint venture between the city council and developer Hill Investment Partnerships, is behind both plans.

The planning application said: “The aim of this scheme is to improve the site and offer modern, well designed housing that better meets tenant’s needs and replace the Akeman Street community centre, an important facility for the surrounding community.”

And adds: “The proposed scheme offers improved modern facilities as well as a more generous community centre.”

Both plans were approved, subject to meeting certain criteria, by the Cambridge City Council planning committee on July 3.

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