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Five flats planned for one building turned down by Cambridge City Council




A proposal to build five flats into one building – the smallest just 39 square metres – has been rejected by Cambridge City Council.

The council’s planning committee voted unanimously against the plan to demolish an office and storage building at 19-21 Godesdone Road and replace it with a block of flats.

An impression of the Godestone Road development that has been rejected by Cambridge City Council. PIcture: Saunders Boston Architects / Carlton Homes (Southern) Ltd (18745181)
An impression of the Godestone Road development that has been rejected by Cambridge City Council. PIcture: Saunders Boston Architects / Carlton Homes (Southern) Ltd (18745181)

The application, made by Carlton Homes (Cambridge) Ltd, would have seen a new building with five units within.

The largest proposed unit was a 75 square metre two-bedroom “duplex flat” and the smallest a 39 square metre studio – smaller than the average football penalty area by 10 square metres.

A council planning officer said three of the units did not have access to amenity space and described it as “quite a constrained site,” but they did recommend the application for approval.

But a number of councillors spoke out against it, including the committee chair Martin Smart, who noted the size of the smallest unit was above the council’s minimum allowance, but said “these are not supposed to be targets”.

And he said: “There are Victorian cottages running down to the water there. They are very small and delicate and this is a big bulky object.”

He said the River Cam is a “very important part of the city” and this proposal would “detract” from the surrounding area.

A majority of councillors found the proposal failed to provide enough amenity space, and said it would “harm the character” of the area.

Expressing his disappointment at the decision, John Keenan, director Carlton Homes (Cambridge) Ltd, the company responsible for the application, said: “We have complied with everything.”


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