Cambridge Hotel – the latest position

Permission was granted something like eighteen months ago for the redevelopment of the Cambridge Hotel. Nothing much has happened on the site since, and it’s been tempting to wonder whether the idea of redevelopment has been abandoned or whether there’s been a change in the proposed scheme.

However, neither of these possibilities seems to have happened. Very recently a further application was submitted, seeking confirmation that a couple of environmental conditions associated with the planning approval had been met. The council promptly confirmed that the this was the case. So, happily, the wheels seem to be grinding on.

(If you can’t remember the details immediately, the scheme is for the “Erection of a three storey building containing 21 flats (7 studios, 7 one beds and 7 two beds), including conversion of Cambridge Hotel building with its ground floor as a flexible Class A1 (Retail), A3 (Restaurant/Cafe) or Class A4 (Public House) Use and demolition of two storey/single storey part of hotel building and attached nightclub with parking, bin and cycle storage.“)

4 thoughts on “Cambridge Hotel – the latest position

  1. Well at least it hasn’t been torched or wrecked like the Duke of York and Cinema – it must have been tempting as you could build a lot more flats more cheaply by destrotying the orignal building than converting it – but of course with ongoing delays, it may still happen. I’ve always felt that the owner of such important local architecture have a major commitment to protect it with hefty fines for allowing it to degrade – that way they would not deliberately wreck these buildings or allwo them to be wrecked, as the cost would be more than the subsequent profit. As it stands, they would profit more by making the building uneconomical to repair / structurally unsound, and then just demolishingand building a new ugly replacement.

    • Developers are usually commercial organisations, in the business to make a profit. I reckon it’s ‘optimistic’ to expect them to preserve a building ‘for the sake of it’. It’s really up to the community to look after its heritage. There aren’t always many ‘formal’ tools for doing this, but I suspect that only a trivial proportion of local residents have written to their councillors urging that the Cambridge Hotel be protected in any way.

      • “It’s really up to the community to look after its heritage. ” Really ? Surely its the councils job – they have more clout than some local busy bodies. The council are supposed to be looking after the residents interests. Can you imagine a developer applying for Roman Baths in bath to be razed and a block of falts built and the council doing nothing? Same principle.

      • Well, I’m not sure that comparing a local building to a World Heritage site is particularly useful. There’s no way anyone would be allowed to paint the inside of the Roman Baths with magnolia emulsion. By your logic, you shouldn’t be allowed to do the same to your bathroom. Plus, when the council DOES do something on behalf of the local community – like buying the town centre shopping mall – it doesn’t always have a happy ending.

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