Babraham Research Campus: Master Plan Application

Babraham Research Campus (BRC) has submitted on outline application for the next phase of their development. This major application is to be decided, in principle, this Summer/Autumn. Comments are invited by both the Parish Council and SCDC.

SCDC ref: S/1676/14/OL. The plan below shows the site location. It is an outline application, establishing the principle, for development up to 10,000 square metres of research and development floorspace, along with access and associated infrastructure.

Full details of the application can be viewed on the SCDC web site – just follow this link. If you would prefer to see printed copies of the plans and all supporting documentation they are available, at all reasonable times, at Ian’s house.

The Parish Council will be objecting to the application as it requires the removal of a large plot of land from the Green Belt between the village and Cambridge. The council do recognise the importance of the development for the economic well being of the area, and the country, but the Green Belt keeps us as we are and has done for decades. If the application is successful, however, the council will be working with BRC and SCDC to minimise likely adverse effects on the village and surrounding area.

Please let us know what you think.

This is the site location plan.

Site-location-plan

 

The following plan is the Landscape Strategy scheme that shows the measures to be taken to minimize the visual impact of the proposed development. It is very detailed but of necessity reproduced here at low resolution. The full size plan is on the SCDC web site and is available in printed form if you wish to see the full detail.

Landscape-Strategy

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Proposed Solar Farm :
North of Dales Manor Industrial Estate, Sawston

The full planning application has been submitted to SCDC for this proposed development. Your comments are invited by SCDC and the Parish Council by 28 August.

Full details of the proposals are available on the SCDC web site – follow this link. If you would prefer to look at printed copies of the plans and all the associated reports covering the impact on ecology, landscape and so on, they are available to look at at Ian’s house at all reasonable times.

The Parish Council has already discussed this application and will be objecting to it on the grounds that it is an inappropriate industrial development in a rural environment, is in the green belt and will erode the space that keeps Babraham from merging into Sawston.

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Better Brew Café – this Saturday

The Better Brew cafe will be operating in the barn at Chalk Farm (the pink house by the pub) this Saturday, 19 July, from 10.30 – 12.30pm. Go along and have some lovely fair trade coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, juice and snacks, home-made cakes and biscuits. There’s also a fair trade stall selling cards, gifts and food. Games and space for children.

This event supports Traidcraft and St Peter’s, Babraham.

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Broadband Arrives

We are sure you will have heard that Superfast Broadband has recently been made available in Babraham. The Connecting Cambridgeshire website has more information, specifically about how to actually get it. The advice it gives is sensible and timely – please follow this link. The essence of their advice is to check your current contract with your Internet Service Provider, and if needing to change then assess a whole series of factors before deciding on which provider to switch to.

Whilst the speeds we will now be able to enjoy maybe not the same as in cities at least it is a major improvement on what we have endured for years. The County Council has worked hard and diligently to roll out faster broadband across the rural parts of the county, a job that is ongoing.

The PC can offer general advice if you have any difficulties or queries but cannot deal with specific problems relating to your service provider contracts.

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10 July 2014

Agenda : Minutes

Summary
This months meeting was primarily concerned with the major planning applications that will effect the village. In the first instance we were informed that the planning application for the Solar Farm has just been submitted. The council’s view on this is to oppose it on the grounds that it is in the green belt even though we appreciate the efforts to provide energy from renewable sources. The application is likely to be considered by SCDC during the summer.

We also understand that the planning application for the next phase of development at Babraham Research Campus is to be submitted in the week beginning 14 July. Again the council is objecting on the principle of wanting to preserve our green belt protection. Whilst we continue to support the research campus we believe that we cannot allow exceptions or special cases as inevitably they will mount up to a significant erosion of the protection the green belt affords us.

Following the recent granting of the application for the football stadium on the edge of Sawston nearest us the PC is in negotiation with SCDC and the developers architects to see what can be done to lessen the inevitable increase in traffic this development will cause. It is not just the odd football match that will increase traffic flows it is also the use of the venue for conferences, weddings, parties and a weekly Sunday morning car boot sale. The council has agreed to keep fighting this application and whilst we are unlikely to be able to win the argument for a rescinding of the approval we hope to be able to at least gain some measures to restrict the amount of traffic using the village as a route to the venue. These negotiations are continuing.

On a more promising development the council reports that the riverside public art has been generally well received. The research campus is to put in place the improvements to the riverside path they promised, benches and information boards etc. and is actively considering commissioning some additional sculptures by the same artist, Lucy Unwin.

Councillor Mike Read tendered his resignation as he is sadly moving out of the village. This of course means there will be a vacancy on the council. If anyone is interested in the business of village life and has a little time to give then please contact us for more information. The council only has five members, the work involved is light and both very interesting and useful.

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Tour de France : Monday 7 July

There will be extensive road closures in this area on Monday 7 July. These will be in effect from 7 in the morning through to around 3 in the afternoon. The A505 will be severely affected as will Sawston bypass. All roads that cross or join the A1301 from Cambridge to Stumps Cross will be closed at their junction with the A1301.

Full details of the route the tour takes, the associated road closures, changes to public transport and car park information can be found here.

It is expected that many local schools, shops and businesses will be closed that day. However we should still expect a significant proportion of the normal Cambridge to Sawston traffic to route through Babraham.The route along Trumpington Road out of Cambridge, through Great Shelford and Stapleford to Sawston will be closed.

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Better Brew Café : Chalk Farm this Saturday

The Better Brew cafe will be operating in the barn at Chalk Farm (the pink house by the pub) this Saturday, 14th, from 10.30 – 12.30pm. Go along and have some lovely fair trade coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice and snacks, home-made cakes and biscuits. There’s also a fair trade stall selling cards, gifts and food. Games and space for children.

This event supports Traidcraft and St Peter’s, Babraham.

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