How Cambourne High Street could look under Newcrest’s plans for new homes and shops
This is how Cambourne High Street could look in future.
A consultation is under way from Newcrest, the developer that owns the vacant land on both sides of the street, on plans to create shops with flats above, townhouses and a new public square.
Residents got a look at the plans at a drop-in event in the Hub on August 19, but as it is the summer holidays, the consultation will continue until September 16 ahead of a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council.
The public square, with views into the HIgh Street, will sit at the heart of the development.
A number of retail units, with a mix of A1 to A5 uses - which could include shops, cafes and financial institutions - are planned, with a single, large store at the centre, helping to draw shoppers to the area.
Five blocks containing about 112 apartments and 17 townhouses are proposed, and the narrow High Street would be widened under the plans to enable deliveries to the shops.
Newcrest says: “The new homes will help to create a vibrant and thriving town centre. The scale of the flats and townhouses is necessary to help fund the delivery of the new shops and the works to widen the High Street.”
Two of the blocks of flats, with shops below, will sit on the land on the northern side of the High Street between the existing shops and Sackville House, which houses the library and doctor’s surgery.
Three more will sit on the other side, between the Monkfield Arms pub and the Hub. Two of these, nearest the pub, would have retail units at the base.
Townhouses will sit behind the other block nearest the Hub, adjacent to its car park.
One parking space will be provided for each two-bedroom flat, with two spaces per townhouse. There will be 38 new spaces for shoppers to use.
The proposal to widen the High Street
Newcrest says requirements for community and public space will be met with financial contributions to Cambourne Town Council.
Plans for the High Street have been in the making for years, with earlier plans to build two shops on the north of the High Street proving unworkable because it was not possible to ensure deliveries.
Newcrest says: “This has led to proposals to widen the High Street, which has significant cost implications due to the services that need to be relocated.”
The developer purchased the land to the south to help access arrangements for both sides to be considered together.
In January, however, the district council confirmed it was no longer interested in investing in the High Street.
Since then, Newcrest has found a willing partner in Clarion Housing, and is now preparing an application.
View the plans at cambournehighstreet.com.
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