Our proposals were designed following three rounds of consultation with the local community from 2020-22. Over 3,000 local residents responded, in total, to our public consultation. We have also welcomed feedback and support from local community organisations, including the Mill Road Traders’ Association, YMCA Trinity, Allia, Indie Cambridge, Cambridge Community Arts, Cambridge Muslim Trust and Cambridge Sustainable Food.
Around half the 3-acre site will be dedicated new public open space. A community pavilion will form the centre-piece and will be shaped by a local design competition following planning permission.
Residents, alongside workers and the existing local community will be able to enjoy a substantial greening of this brownfield site, with a huge 350% increase in Biodiversity Net Gain. This includes:
- 4 sunny grass lawns
- 5 Green roofs
- 30 raised planters for edible planting such as herbs & vegetables, working with Cambridge Sustainable Food to help produce food for the community and local wildlife, in addition to educational and social opportunities
- 6 proposed edible trees being planted with species including Crab Apple ‘Everest’
- 11 evergreen planters
- 11 ornamental planting beds featuring flowers voted upon by local residents in 2021
- 13 Raingarden beds with wild flowers
- Hedgehog habitats, bat and bird boxes
- Sustainable garden infrastructure with a social impact, to be commissioned by Phoenix Trust