Fears that key city site may be overdeveloped

November 9, 2010 3:46 PM
Max Boyce

Max Boyce

Ambitious plans to develop land next to Cambridge's Portland Arms pub have caused concern among the city's Liberal Democrats.

The project, outlined today (Tuesday, November 9) by developer, Farnsworth for land at 1 Milton Road includes plans for 107 short stay single person apartments and studio flats, a cafe and gym, shops and administrative offices.

But West Chesterton Councillor Max Boyce, who attended the meeting, fears the plans may be an over-development of the site.

"The proposals are a vast improvement on what's currently there," he said, "but I have reservations over what happens if the venture fails after the site is developed.

"What other uses can there be for a large number of single person flatlets? There are clearly some issues to be worked through before the application comes to committee."

Cllr Boyce praised the planning of the development saying that it was a better match to the surrounding properties than buildings on the site at present.

Other issues raised during the meeting included the impact on residents of the new development of noise from live music at the Portland Arms, a building of local interest which is to remain on the site, and from traffic generated by the temporary residents of the apartments.

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