Friends of Mitcham's Corner
Latest news (updated 4 December)
- The application to develop 1 Milton Road was rejected by the Planning Committee on
4th December, 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.
- Cambridgeshire Highways is considering a scheme for a 'bus gate' – a northbound
access route for buses onto Milton Road, using the existing slip road alongside Lloyds bank.
See the Transport page for more details.
- 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- The plans to develop the Staples site (see below) have been withdrawn.
- 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.
No starting date has yet been announced.
- The City Council is proposing that the North Area be made a 20mph zone apart from a
number of A roads such as Chesterton and Milton Roads. It seems likely that Victoria Road will
also have a 20mph speed limit, though this is to be finalised.
- The City Council has issued a Draft Local Plan 2014 which contains many of FMC's suggestions regarding
the future development of Mitcham's Corner (see link on right). This document will guide development
and planning in Cambridge for many years.
At the moment there is considerable debate on the development of the area, and several
major planning proposals are in the pipeline.
- Planned development of the old Co-Op site at 60-64 Chesterton Road and 2A Trafalgar
Road: an application has been submitted for erection of a mews style development containing 11
one-bed flats, together with reconfiguration of existing accommodation above 60-64 Chesterton
Road. See the link on the right for details.
- Planned development of 1 Milton Road site – Revised plans have been submitted
to develop the site of 1 Milton Road (which surrounds the Portland Arms). The proposal is for
four-storey buildings housing students of Anglia Ruskin University, plus a small Sainsbury's
facing onto Milton Road. See the 1 Milton Road page.
- Proposed development of the Staples site – the application to radically redevelop
the site on which Staples and Lloyds Bank are situated has been withdrawn following heavy criticism
by local people and City planners. For details see the Staples site
Meetings and activities in 2013
If you have strong views on any of these issues, or would like to get involved with FMC, please
get in touch via the link on the right, or come to one of our regular committee meetings, or to
our next open meeting (see the Meetings page for details).
We are planning a number of other activities and meetings over the next few months
- Identify the main parking problems in the area and hold an open meeting to debate
- Organise an arts project, with works by local artists displayed in venues around
and near Mitcham's Corner. This is planned to begin in December.
- Hold an open meeting to discuss traffic issues with a representative from the
Highways Department of the County Council.
- Continue discussions with local authorities of our vision for the future of
Mitcham's Corner (see below).
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.