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The YMCA in Cambridge could be moving to Mill Road to make space for new homes

By Ben Comber

How the Mill Road Depot area could look
How the Mill Road Depot area could look

Plans for a major new development aimed at regenerating the former Mill Road Depot in Cambridge have gone on show.

Mill Road depot - view from Kingston Mews
Mill Road depot - view from Kingston Mews

The revised proposals from Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP), a joint venture between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships, come after a public exhibition in July.

As a result, the amount of affordable housing on the site has risen from 40 per cent to 50 per cent but the number of properties has reduced from the initial estimate of 230 to 187.

The proposals would also see YMCA Trinity Group develop new accommodation at the Mill Road end of the site as supported housing for young people. Its existing site has the potential for redevelopment.

Cambridge City Council deputy leader Kevin Price, executive member for housing and CIP board member, said: “The design of the scheme is of a very high standard and most importantly contributes to the urgent need for more housing throughout the city by proposing a wide range of homes from apartments to family units, including 50 per cent to be delivered as social rented homes. This figure is well above the amount stipulated in planning policy.

“We are also delighted to be working with the YMCA to incorporate them into the site, which will provide fantastic community facilities for the neighbourhood.”

The affordable homes will be managed by Cambridge City Council. A further 20 homes will be retained by the city council for Cambridge City Housing Company and let at sub-market rents to tenants who do not qualify for social housing.

Petersfield councillor Richard Robertson, executive member for finance and resources, said: “Within the local conservation area the Mill Road Depot is an important site that we have long believed capable of delivering real community benefits both for this area and for Cambridge.

“It’s a great example of urban brownfield development and has real scope to provide a wide range of new housing, new open space and new community facilities for the area.

“Ever since CIP took on the regeneration of this site they have been committed to consulting widely on its development. Following the first exhibition in July, which more than 200 people attended and contributed their views, we are pleased to share today the revised proposals which address key community feedback.”

To learn more about the plans visit, millroad-development.co.uk or email your questions to consultation@millroad-development.co.uk.


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