Friends of Mitcham's Corner
Latest news (updated 25 February)
- Developers are preparing a new proposal for a residential scheme on the site of the Cambridge
City football ground on Milton Road. A plan for 138 dwellings was approved last February, but a new
company intends to buy the land and build a less intensive development. A planned
exhibition of the plans was postponed – we will post details here when a new date is announced.
For more details, see the Cambridge City football ground page.
- Lib Dems have proposed a six-year programme aimed at improving local centres around the city,
and Mitcham’s Corner will be the first to be improved. The co-ordinated development scheme will
receive £50,000 in its first year and £195,000 in each of the following five years, plus contributions
from developers. The Council will be putting the project out to full public consultation, to get local
residents and businesses closely involved.
- Cambridgeshire Highways has decided not to proceed with the proposed 'bus gate' at
Mitcham's Corner. Instead, it will implement "traffic-signal priority measures that will enable
buses to move through the junctions with less delay", and may also improve some of the bus stops
in the Mitcham's Corner area. See the Transport page for more details.
- FMC has been lobbying the local bus companies to increase the number of bus
services stopping near Mitcham's Corner. Stagecoach have agreed to run a six-month
trial during which the Park-and-Ride service will stop in Milton Road, opposite the Westbrook Centre.
A starting date is expected to be announced shortly.
- A planning application has been submitted to develop the site of the old Co-Op on Chesterton
Road. This would involve erecting a 'mews style' development containing 11 one-bed flats. See
below for details.
- The application to develop 1 Milton Road was rejected by the Planning Committee in
December 2013, mainly on the grounds that it was too high, bulky and dominating, and inappropriate
for the area. See the 1 Milton Road page for more details.
- The plans to develop the Staples site were withdrawn in July 2013 following strong local
Planning for the future of Mitcham's Corner
A week-long workshop was held in December to brainstorm ideas for the regeneration of Mitcham's
Corner. The event, involving multi-disciplinary teams of 40 young professionals, was organised by
FMC and Dr. Sebastian Macmillan under the auspices of the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built
After a walking tour of the area, and presentations by city and county council officers as well
as FMC Chair Anne Cooper, the students were split into two groups: one team was asked to take a
more conservative approach in their planning suggestions, while the other was urged to be more imaginative.
Interestingly, both teams believed that the most urgent requirement is to replace the gyratory system
with a much simpler road layout, and improve facilities for shoppers, residents and visitors. You
can view extracts from their final presentations, and read the report of the event in the Cambridge
Evening News, using the links on the right. More detailed versions of the proposals will be made
available on this site as soon as possible.
Cllr Damien Tunnacliffe said: "These ideas would restore the area to people rather than motor
vehicles." FMC is proposing that some of these concepts be included in the forthcoming Local Plan,
to provide a guiding plan for the development of the Mitcham's Corner area over the next planning
period. Our view is that the IDBE event further strengthens the arguments we put forward recently
in our inputs to the upcoming Local Plan.