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Waterbeach station relocation works have begun says developer

Work has started on the new Waterbeach station after 83 red markers were placed in the ground, the developer has said.

Waterbeach station (62563799)
Waterbeach station (62563799)

The Waterbeach Development Company has applied for a certificate of lawfulness to confirm that the permission to build the new station is still valid.

The application states that planning permission was granted in 2020 by South Cambridgeshire District Council to relocate the railway station to the north of the village.

However, the planning permission required work to begin on site within three years, otherwise the permission would expire.

The developer says work had “lawfully commenced” before the permission was due to expire on January 9, due to site layout works being undertaken.

The application says that 83 pegs were put in place in December last year marking out the access road between Cody Road and the railway line, as well as the edges of parking areas and circulation spaces at the station.

It adds that the markers are due to stay in place until further construction work takes place.

The application argues that the marking out of the access road with the pegs does constitute a “material operation” before the original application expired, and asks for the district council to confirm this.

The new station is proposed to support the Waterbeach New Town development. The project had initially been proposed to be developer-led, but the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) agreed in July last year to take on the responsibility of the £37million project in order to “unlock” the proposed 4,500 new homes.

Concerns had been raised by some members of the GCP about the risk the authority would be taking on by accepting responsibility for delivering the new station.

In a report presented to the GCP’s joint assembly earlier this month, it said the station was still forecast to be completed in 2025.

It added that a project team had been put together to deliver the scheme and that work had progressed.

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