Note: This is an extra service for readers of this email and blog, where I bring you news of planning applications in Queen Edith’s, along with details on how to provide your opinions on the applications to the council planning committee. All feedback on this service is welcome.
Where is the planning application for?
3 and 5 Queen Edith’s Way, near the Long Road crossroads
What do they want to do?
DEMOLISH BOTH HOUSES
I understand that the owner of no.5 has bought no.3 and wishes to demolish both properties at the same time. There is no indication of what might be built in their place. The demolition application comes from Gibson Developments Ltd.
What do the houses look like?
No.5 Queen Edith’s Way (above) is a detached house which was bought just over a year ago for £1,950,000. It would therefore surely be Cambridge’s first £2 million home to be demolished to – presumably – make way for something even more expensive. No.3 Queen Edith’s Way (in the background, below) is a smaller, but still substantial, house, built to the rear.
When is the last date for local people to comment?
I’m not sure that anything can be done. According to the application’s covering letter: “Our understanding is that the Local Planning Authority is not in a position to resist the demolition of the building in principle, but the prior notification process simply gives the Council the opportunity to regulate the details of demolition in order to minimise the impact of the activity on local amenity.” So I am unsure if there is anything local people or the Council can do about this.
Carter Jonas continue: “It is trusted that you have sufficient information to validate this application, and to commence the 28 day period within which it should be processed. It is understood that if the Council does not respond within 28 days of receipt of the application, then the owners will have deemed authority to proceed with demolition.” The letter is dated 17th October. However, the application was not validated until 26th October, and not published on the City Council website until 2 November. The website gives a “Standard Consultation Expiry Date” of 16th November and a “Determination Deadline” of 22nd November.
How do I make a comment?
I would suggest the best people to contact with questions and comments are:
• The City Council case officer, Charlotte Burton – email firstname.lastname@example.org
• City Council Planning Services, Tel: 01223 457200
• The application’s agent, Peter McKeown of Carter Jonas – email email@example.com, Tel: 01223 326809
• Your local City Councillors:
– Councillor George Pippas – email firstname.lastname@example.org
– Councillor Tim Moore – email email@example.com
– Councillor Jennifer Page-Croft – email firstname.lastname@example.org
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