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Plans for new Cambridge United stadium and over 500 new homes has been withdrawn

By Ben Comber

Street view of Cambridge Uniteds proposed new stadium
Street view of Cambridge Uniteds proposed new stadium

The development would have been on the Green Belt and included 520 homes and community sports facilities.

Football entrance - proposed Cambridge United stadium in Abbey
Football entrance - proposed Cambridge United stadium in Abbey

A planning application to build over 500 homes and sporting facilities in the green belt on the edge of Cambridge has been withdrawn by the applicant, Grosvenor.

Grosvenor withdrew the application after months of the plans being assessed by council planners and concerns over major development in the green belt being discussed.

Council planning bosses have praised Grosvenor for their proactive approach to discussing the concerns over the application in the green belt, which must demonstrate the special circumstances of why it should be allowed.

Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “We turned down development in this area through our Local Plans due to the harm it would have had on the green belt. We have been discussing the merits of the plans again through this application and I would like to thank Grosvenor and Cambridge United Football Club for the positive conversations we have had with them.

“Our view is that major development such as this should be properly considered through our Local Plan which guides how we manage growth in the future. There is no reason that plans to develop in this area can’t be put forward again in the future. Planning is all about assessing the merits of schemes based on the facts at the time, but it is important to remember that this is green belt land which has a high level of protection.”

Grosvenor’s Director of Development, Alex Robinson, said: “We have worked in partnership with local authorities in recent months, and over many years, and strongly believe our proposals support the long-term growth and success of Cambridge.

“However, it is with reluctance that we withdraw our planning application. The local authorities have made it clear they do not believe our proposals for new homes and sporting facilities meet the needs of Cambridge, and our planning application will not be recommended.

“Although we are very disappointed and consider this a missed opportunity, we remain firmly committed to Cambridge and its communities.”

The application submitted in July last year for a sporting village and hundreds of new homes in the green belt on land between the Trumpington Park & Ride and the M11 to the south of Cambridge, included:

520 homes

Indoor sports hall and retail

Outdoor floodlit cycling track and BMX area

Floodlit all weather pitches


A linked planning application to Cambridge City Council for improvements to the Cambs Glass Stadium on Newmarket Road has also been withdrawn by the applicant.


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