Thank you for visiting the Old Press/Mill Lane website.
The University has been in consultation with the Cambridge City Council, key stakeholders, members of the University and members of the public prior to the submission of the masterplan.
We held public exhibitions on Thursday 22nd March and Friday 23rd March, during which we were able to gather much needed feedback.
More information on our vision for the Old Press/Mill Lane area, including our exhibition materials is available here.
The feedback we received will inform the final submission of our masterplan. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who attended our exhibitions and took the time to share their thoughts on our proposals.
Following the masterplan consultation, Pembroke College is currently carrying out a further consultation for a formal planning application for the site's south block. More details can be found on Pembroke's consultation website, www.pembroke-consultation.co.uk
The results of the feedback have shown that there has been strong support in general for the proposals. In responding to the consultation questionnaire, 95% felt that the exhibition had been useful, with 90% agreeing that regeneration of the area was important. Importantly, having reviewed the plans, 79% of respondents wanted to see the creation of a new area of public open space through the removal of the Laundress Lane Warehouse – this option was first reviewed in the 2010 SPD, and would relieve pressure on the congested junction outside The Mill public house where pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles currently compete for road space. In addition, although in the City Council’s control not the University’s, 81% supported the removal of the boatshed on Granta Place – both of these proposals open up public access to the river and significantly improve views over Coe Fen.
Duncan Maskell, the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, said, “We are very pleased that, overall, the proposals in the Masterplan were supported by 77% of respondents – this is a very high number for regeneration projects and reflects the public and stakeholders’ desire to see high quality regeneration of the area.”
This masterplan sets out general development parameters, will be followed by full planning applications that provide more detail around traffic control, access, and architectural treatment. The first of these full applications will come from Pembroke College later this year and will provide more details about the block bounded by Mill Lane and Little St Mary’s Lane.
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