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Plans for demolition of two Cambridge houses to make way for 12 flats

By Josh Thomas

The site on Elizabeth Way where 12 flats could be built
The site on Elizabeth Way where 12 flats could be built

Three-storey block on key city route is latest proposal to turn houses into flats

How the Elizabeth Way flats would look
How the Elizabeth Way flats would look

Twelve new flats could be coming to one of Cambridge’s key routes following the demolition of two houses.

Plans for a three-storey block of 12 flats in Elizabeth Way have been submitted to Cambridge City Council.

The plans would require the demolition of the existing houses at 51-55 Elizabeth Way in Cambridge.

If permission for the plans is granted, it is intended the properties would be retained by the applicant as a private rental scheme to be let out to “young professionals working in and around the city”.

A design access statement submitted with the plans by consultants Phillips Planning Services Ltd said: “The buildings within the site which are proposed to be demolished are of traditional two-storey, semi-detached appearance with projecting bays to the frontage.

“The roofs are hipped with a central chimney stack projecting above. Whilst the houses are not of unpleasant appearance it is clear that they are of no particular merit or architectural value.”

According to the report, there have been a number of similar redevelopment proposals along Elizabeth Way which have been supported by the council over the past 10 to 15 years including the replacement of a bungalow with a three-storey block of flats and the replacement of a two-storey house with a three-storey block of student accommodation.

The report describes Elizabeth Way as one “the key north / south routes” into the city centre. The developers say that, despite the changes, the new plans would not have a detrimental effect on the character of the area.

The report says: “On each occasion the council has noted the varied character of Elizabeth Way in terms of the different types and styles of residential occupation which exist and have welcomed redevelopment at higher density as a helpful contribution towards the city’s overall housing targets.”

The report said the plans would not have a material impact upon the amenity of those properties situated on the east side of Elizabeth Way.

“Elizabeth Way is a wide avenue with the properties separated by the road itself,” the report reads. “Whilst the proposed building would be marginally wider and a storey higher than the existing site massing it would not result in material harm to outlook or result in an overbearing impact given the distance involved.”

The plans are due to come before Cambridge City Council’s planning committee by August and represent the latest application seeking to replace some of the city’s housing stock with denser developments.

Among these plans are revised proposals to demolish an Edwardian home at 291 Hills Road to make way for 15 flats, while 292 Hills Road opposite also faces demolition.


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