Mike Sargeant welcomes the support of the Labour controlled North Area Committee for Mitcham's Models. The Committee Models.jpggranted Friends of Mitcham's Corner enough funds to pay for the imaginative idea to highlight the area.

Mike said "For too long Mitcham's Corner has been going backward. We support the efforts of the Friends and when the Labour controlled City Council appoints a Chesterton Coordinator, we can really address a lot of the issues in the area."

Labour welcomes Mitcham's Models

Mike Sargeant welcomes the support of the Labour controlled North Area Committee for Mitcham's Models. The Committee granted Friends of Mitcham's Corner enough funds to pay for the imaginative idea...

Mike Sargeant spoke against the planning application for an Aparthotel on Gilbert Road and Cambridge City Council Planning Gilbert_Road.pngCommittee on 4th June.

The application was rejected, but Mike warns "This application is likely to come back either as an appeal or in a revised form. The Council's main reason for rejection was that the site is designated for housing and this will no doubt be challenged by the Developer. I tried to get the application rejected on design grounds as well, but unfortunately local Lib Dem City Councillor Damian Tunnacliffe did not support this."

My objections were:

"I am speaking today on behalf of local residents who have asked me to represent their views.

I see today as what is likely to be a long battle to enhance this area and I therefore would like to stress that this application should be rejected for a number of reasons. This is particularly important as, in the Cambridge Local Plan 2014, this site is not designated for residential use. This oversight, by the City Council and local City Councillors, has left this site wide open for developments which do not suit this area.

The Planning Statement from the applicant suggests:

 “ an ApartHotel within the City Centre … full respecting its surroundings and avoids any adverse impact on neighbouring property”

 “extremely high quality innovative features which respond well to the site’s context”

This is not Cambridge City Centre and I would say the design fails badly on both their assertions.

 The specific grounds for rejection, I believe, are made with reference to the Cambridge Local Plan 2006.

1)      In the Local Plan 2006 the site is allocated for housing and community facilities.  This application does not meet that designation.

2)      Secondly the proposed developments fail on a large number of criteria in the Local Plan

  1. "identify and respond positively to existing features" of the area (Policy 3/4) – It clashes badly
  2. provide "attractive built frontages to positively enhance the townscape" (Policy 3/7) – no attempt to do this
  3. The Local Plan 2006 states (Policy 3/12) that ‘New buildings will be permitted where it can be demonstrated that they have a positive impact on their setting in terms of location on the site, height, scale and form, materials, detailing, wider townscape and landscape impacts and available views ...’ there are only negatives from this proposal.

 This proposal does not achieve any of these criteria in the 2006 Local Plan. Apart from the Manor Care Home, which even the owners are very apologetic about, this side of Milton Road and the whole of Gilbert Road consists of 2 storey residential housing a few of  which contain commercial operations. They are not 4 storey businesses.

The proposed building would give a commercial/ industrial entrance to Gilbert Road - which is in direct conflict to the residential character of the road and as respondents have said: the proposed Gilbert Road frontage has ‘an echo of an old sawtooth-roofed factory skyline’ and the junction of Gilbert Road and Milton Road ‘has all the characteristics of the entrance to a multiscreen cinema complex’. Are we trying to match the Cherry Hinton Road / Hills Road junction in the North of Cambridge?

The developer told me that they couldn’t make a profit on housing – what at Cambridge prices? In the 2014 Local Plan this site is part of the Mitcham’s Corner Opportunity Area. You need to send a clear message that this won’t be just opportunities for developers to maximise their profits.

Contrary to the support from the Council Officer for the design, the Design and Conservation Panel had mixed views on the design with the majority giving it amber or red.

Local people have been very critical of the design of Manor Care Home. We don’t need another 2nd class design on this site.

Please reject the application both because of the site’s designation for housing and community use and also on design grounds

Aparthotel planning application rejected

Mike Sargeant spoke against the planning application for an Aparthotel on Gilbert Road and Cambridge City Council Planning Committee on 4th June. The application was rejected, but Mike warns "This...

Mike Sargeant, Labour's candidate in West Chesterton would like to thank the voters who supported Labour's priorities on Sharing Prosperity in Cambridge.

" I was really heartened" said Mike "by the support we were given on the doorstep for addressing the inequalities in Cambridge both for the impact of low wages and high housing costs. It is great news that Labour will be addressing these issues now that they are running the City Council.

County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt and I will ensure that West Chesterton's priorities are heard at the Guildhall despite this being on the few wards without a Labour City Councillor."

Labour runs Lib Dems a close 2nd in West Chesterton

Mike Sargeant, Labour's candidate in West Chesterton would like to thank the voters who supported Labour's priorities on Sharing Prosperity in Cambridge. " I was really heartened" said Mike "by...

West Chesterton has reached a crossroads.Mike_Chesterton_Road_web.jpg

For many years, its issues have not been cared for by either the City or County Councils:

  • Mitcham’s Corner allowed to decline
  • School Catchment Areas which don’t reflect the capacity of Milton Road School
  • Piecemeal approach to Residents Parking which impact other parts of the ward
  • Buses which don’t serve local needs

The choice in West Chesterton and Cambridge is simple, but far reaching:

Drift on OR vote for the candidate who will both work hard in turning round the West Chesterton ship and could have a seat at the table of a new Labour administration.

If elected, Mike plans to serve on the main City Council Committees which affect West Chesterton: Environment and Planning Policy. These cover development and transport.

This will ensure that West Chesterton’s voice is heard loud and clear at the Guildhall.

 

The choice for West Chesterton

West Chesterton has reached a crossroads. For many years, its issues have not been cared for by either the City or County Councils: Mitcham’s Corner allowed to decline School Catchment...

Mike Sargeant has a can do approach:sports_pavillion_web.jpg

  • Working with County Councillors and Officers to secure the improved lighting and cycleway in Gilbert Road
  • Working with Developers, Council Officers and Chesterton Community College to secure £400,000 for a new Sports Pavilion for Chesterton Community College
  • Working with Friends of Mitcham’s Corner against the proposal for over development behind the Portland Arms

Mike Sargeant has the proven experience that will make a real difference locally if you elect him.

Together with Labour County Councillor Jocelynne Scutt, Mike will take West Chesterton forward.

 

Mike Sargeant — delivering for West Chesterton

Mike Sargeant has a can do approach: Working with County Councillors and Officers to secure the improved lighting and cycleway in Gilbert Road Working with Developers, Council Officers and Chesterton...

Labour’s Priorities for Cambridge2014_Manifesto.jpg

One Cambridge — Fair For All

Vote for a Labour led Council this May, and we pledge to

  • Protect essential services
  • Set up a Sharing Prosperity Fund so everyone benefits from growth
  • Lead a citywide Living Wage campaign
  • Build more affordable homes
  • Tackle anti-social behaviour and cut litter and dog fouling
  • Make our city centre accessible to all
  • Reinstate the pest control service
  • Tackle rogue landlords
  • Employ a Chesterton Coordinator to help take Mitcham’s Corner forward

Click here for our detailed plans and pledges to change Cambridge for the better.

In West Chesterton, your Labour Candidate, Mike Sargeant will work with Jocelynne Scutt on your priorities: Parking, Buses, Mitcham’s Corner, School Catchment Areas, Potholes, Pavements, Lighting and Trees and of course any other issues that you raise when we call.

It is time for a change in Cambridge.   

Vote for ‘One Cambridge - Fair for All’.  

Vote Labour on Thursday 22nd May in the City and Euro elections. 

Labour's Plans for Cambridge and West Chesterton

Labour’s Priorities for Cambridge One Cambridge — Fair For All Vote for a Labour led Council this May, and we pledge to Protect essential services Set up a Sharing Prosperity...

Picture2.pngWest Chesterton is in the middle of a planning application frenzy — or so it seems. This is against the background of the City Council Local Plan being subject to independent examination by the inspector on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.  We believe residents want positive development that complements West Chesterton, adding vibrancy and life.

We therefore need to  ensure  designation of part of the ward as an Opportunity Area doesn’t result in developers trying to  by-pass the Local Plan by rushing through applications.

For more details click on links

1 Milton Road - behind the Portland Arms

City Football Ground

Gilbert Road Aparthotel

Greens Road

Staples Refurbishment

Please let us know if you have concerns so that we can take them on board when discussing proposals with developers and planners.

We are keen that West Chesterton’s  developments  meet local needs particularly focusing on  affordable housing and ensuring  local businesses, including Guest Houses, do not suffer and  the  revamping of Mitcham’s Corner goes ahead as residents wish.

Having your say

Planning applications can be viewed on line at www.cambridge.gov.uk/monitor-an-application

where comments can be made and there is also advice on grounds for objection.

You can also contact the Planning department at planning@cambridge.gov.uk , 01223 45720

 

 

 

Planning Applications Update

West Chesterton is in the middle of a planning application frenzy — or so it seems. This is against the background of the City Council Local Plan being subject to...

Cambridge has a growing student population and increasing number of hotels. Mike Sargeant is concerned that homes for local people are at the bottom of the queue.Picture1.png

“Too often, we appear to be in the hands of developers” says Mike. “I was shocked when the owners of the old Milton Road School site said they couldn’t make money out of building homes and that’s why they have proposed an Aparthotel. The City Council needs to make sure the Local Plan is adhered to when planning applications come in and ensure that areas designated for residential use are used for housing.

I am proud that Labour is committed to at least 40% affordable housing in new developments in Cambridge and will not allow the developers ‘buy off’ this requirement.

I will also look at how we can support local hotels and guest houses who are currently suffering a massive loss of business due to the construction of the Travelodge and Premier Inn.”

 

Let’s have the right priorities for housing

Cambridge has a growing student population and increasing number of hotels. Mike Sargeant is concerned that homes for local people are at the bottom of the queue. “Too often, we...

Mike Sargeant welcomes the Cambridge Labour initiative to introduce a Reduce the Strength of cheap beer and cider campaign along the same lines as in Ipswich.

Working with retailers, we will sign up local shops to the scheme. 

In Ipswich, the number of identified street drinkers had dropped from 78 to 38 in a year. And the statistics for the first six months of the scheme showed the number of anti-social "incidents of concern" dropped from 191 to 94 compared to the same period the previous year.

 

‘Reduce the Strength’ campaign for Cambridge

Mike Sargeant welcomes the Cambridge Labour initiative to introduce a Reduce the Strength of cheap beer and cider campaign along the same lines as in Ipswich. Working with retailers, we...

Labour are committed to resolving the problems with the road system at Mitcham’s Corner and roads throughout the ward. Bus_Victoria_Avenue.jpgThere is no better time to do this!

For Mitcham’s Corner, there is commitment in the new Local Plan and County Councillor Jocelynne  Scutt has made sure that it is high up the County Council’s agenda.

The City Deal, announced in the Budget , offers another part of the jigsaw. Jocelynne says: ”A large part of the £500 million  available will be focussing on infrastructure — especially public transport, cycling and the road system.  Developments north of the City including Northstowe and Waterbeach mean there will be increased pressure on Milton Road and Mitcham’s Corner unless we take the initiative now.”

 

No ‘Newmarket Road jams’ for West Chesterton

Labour are committed to resolving the problems with the road system at Mitcham’s Corner and roads throughout the ward. There is no better time to do this! For Mitcham’s Corner,...

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