Friends of Mitcham's Corner

Latest news (updated 14 April)

  • A public exhibition of new plans to develop the Cambridge City football ground will be held on Wednesday 23rd April between 2:30pm and 7:30pm, in the pavilion at the Victoria Homes on Victoria Road. A plan for 138 dwellings was approved last February, but a new company intends to buy the land and build a less intensive scheme. For more details, see the Cambridge City football ground page.
     
  • Developers are expected soon to submit significantly modified plans for the development of 1 Milton Road. Their initial plans were rejected by the Planning Committee in December 2013. We understand the new application will be made soon, and we will post more details here as soon as they are available.
     
  • Developers are preparing a new proposal for a residential scheme on the site of the Cambridge City football ground on Milton Road.
  • 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.
     

Planning for the future of Mitcham's Corner

A week-long workshop was held in 2012 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 Environment (IDBE)programme.

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.

Map of area around Mitcham's Corner