"CB1 Masterplan", entered by Bidwells LLP
CB1 is a true example of a development which makes efficient use of brownfield land and provides opportunities for sustainable development, not only by being located adjacent to a transport interchange, but also by placing employment, residential and retail uses side by side.
Outline planning permission for the CB1 Masterplan was granted by Cambridge City Council in April 2010. This followed the Council's decision to refuse, with 26 reasons for refusal, an earlier application for the redevelopment of the area surrounding the station. The approval overcame significant challenges faced with the earlier application, by going back to first principles and undertaking significant engagement with the local community.
Some of these key issues were:
• The site's location within an Air Quality Monitoring Area (AQMA)
• Improving the site's accessibility whilst also enabling the densification of development within the area
• Ensuring the conservation of many heritage assets
• Place making along with the creation of a new community within the area.
The approved scheme comprised the comprehensive redevelopment of the area surrounding Cambridge railway station, a Grade II Listed building, and the regeneration of approximately 9.9 hectares of brownfield land in this highly sustainable location, through the Lord Richard Rogers designed Masterplan.