The PC has learned recently that despite our summer of negotiations with SCDC planners and CCC highways we have failed to achieve a commitment from the football club to finance traffic management and calming measures in the High Street. Both local authorities have decided to disregard our arguments that the stadium and its associated car boot sales will result in significant amounts of extra traffic. The application is now to be decided by the Secretary of State, the PC is not allowed to send him our comments and concerns. We don’t know when this decision is to be made.
Sawston will benefit by the creation of new community sports facilities and traffic mitigation measures, Babraham will get nothing as the assumption is that no traffic will come this way. The PC has no further possibility of changing their minds – sorry.
The planning application for a new Football Stadium for Cambridge City behind Dales Manor Industrial Estate have been approved by SCDC Planning Committee. The Parish Council objected to the application however Sawston PC voted in favour in return for community sports facilities.
The application received a unanimous 12-0 vote in favour.
This recommendation now goes forward to Mr Eric Pickles, Local Government Secretary, for final approval as the plan involves Green Belt land.
The planning application reference no. is S/2239/13/FL – click for all the details.
The Cambridge Evening News report on the decision features an interview with the club chairman – read it here
This planning application is yet to be determined. While the PC opposed the proposal along with many residents, Sawston Parish Council have voted to support it in return for a larger community recreation space with better facilities. If the application is granted we should expect more traffic at certain times. The PC will try to make sure as many mitigating measures as possible are included and financed by the development.