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Chance to have your say on the future of Cambridge's Park Street car park

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A consultation event showcasing proposals to redevelop Park Street car park as an aparthotel, with a new underground car and cycle park below it, will take place today (May 16).

The open event will take place at the Guildhall at 2-9pm and display boards will illustrate how the aparthotel and car park will look.

How Park Street could look (10431044)
How Park Street could look (10431044)

Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP), which is a collaboration between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships, is working with its selected development partner, Marick Real Estate (MRE), to submit a detailed planning application for the redevelopment following the consultation. Council officers, representatives from MRE and the hotel operator will be on hand at the event and comments received will help to shape proposals for the final planning application.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, leader of the city council, said: “Creating a new underground car and cycle park and adding an aparthotel at Park Street will be a major improvement for this part of the city centre. We will be replacing an outdated car park with a scheme that will add a long-term economic boost for the area north of the historic city core, including electric charging able to service every parking place in the future.

“The new car park will offer 60 per cent of current car capacity which reflects actual usage and aligns with our strategy to encourage people to use public transport in order to improve air quality.

“The aparthotel will diversify the city’s visitor accommodation, helping to increase the length of stays which is good news for local businesses. We will continue to work closely with Park Street liaison group, residents, businesses and the local primary school to keep them informed and to minimise disruption once the redevelopment gets under way.”

But Vanessa Burkitt, of Bridge Street-based Catherine Jones Jewellery, said: “We were promised a proper consultation with local residents and businesses.

“That has been delayed, and instead of being a consultation – which means opinions are requested and notice is taken of the questions asked – we’re now having a consultation ‘event’ which lasts an afternoon and an evening.

“It does not suggest the council is interested in hearing contributions which could be positive as well as those that might be more critical.”

The redevelopment is set to include a ‘premium’ aparthotel operated by the Wilde brand for StayCity with a maximum of 229 rooms, a publicly accessible courtyard with landscaping and a food and beverage offer tailored to its guests.

The basement car park is set to provide 225 publicly available car parking spaces, including blue badge parking, cycle parking spaces, motorcycle parking space and facilities for electric vehicle charging.

Comments on the plans can be submitted by email to consultation@elgplanning.co.uk by Friday, May 31.

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