Planning permission secured for redevelopment of a brownfield site, Cambridge
Date of Article
Mar 25 2021
Planning & Development

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@ Matthew Hare
Matthew Hare
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Matt is an Associate based in Cambridge and is a Chartered Town Planner with more than 10 years’ planning experience in both the public and private sector. Matt’s main area of expertise lies in development management and he has prepared and secured planning permission for all types and size of development proposals ranging from householder extensions to strategic residential and commercial schemes. Accordingly Matt’s Project Management skills are highly developed with respect to the preparation and submission of planning applications. Matt’s past experience in the public sector has meant that he has acted as an Expert Witness at Planning Inquiry and is well experienced with the wider appeals process in general. Matt also has experience working in the field of conservation and thus is able to advise clients in respect of development proposals affecting listed buildings and heritage assets.

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On behalf of Dernford Eastern Ltd, our professionals have secured planning permission on appeal for the redevelopment of a much-denuded brownfield site on Newmarket Road in Cambridge.

Permission is granted for the provision of ten new residential units, plus an extension and alteration of an existing office building on the site, Logic House.

Although centrally and sustainably located, the site presents many of the planning challenges typical to brownfield renewal schemes in Cambridge, for example being located within a conservation area, adjacent to a listed church and significant trees, and having a close spatial relationship with existing residential properties. 

The appeal was made on the grounds of non-determination of the application, but the central issue revolved around matters of adequate private external amenity space provision for the proposed residential units. Our professionals were able to robustly demonstrate through daylight and sunlight assessment and by reference to the National Design Guide that the residential units will provide a good level of amenity for future occupants. 

The development will see the sustainable recycling of a brownfield site in a city centre location, will provide much needed new homes and should lead to a visual enhancement to the area.