Developer and investor Mission Street last week unveiled the lasted version of its radical proposals for an urban innovation district in Cambridge.
Project Newton, earmarked for a 32-hectare former landfill off Coldhams Lane in Cherry Hinton, involves dividing the site into three. Eight science buildings, plus a cultural and community hub called The Mixer, will occupy around nine hectares of the land, while a further eight-hectare area will be devoted to ecology and another of 15 hectares will give access to lakes and recreation.
Last week’s consultation involved councillors, community groups and members of the public.
Mission Street envisages the scheme, which is to the east of the city centre and close to the station, will support around 3,800 jobs and will mandate that employers pay the Cambridge living wage.
Showers and more than 900 cycle spaces will be build and there will be an emphasis on encouraging occupier employees to cycle and walk to work.
Mission Street’s introduction to the scheme states: “Project Newton is Cherry Hinton’s new innovation hub, with sustainability at its heart.
“It will provide state of the art, much needed life sciences facilities, alongside new publicly accessible green space, community events space and a new play area.
“This will be accompanied by landscape design that provides intellectual stimulation, respite, community cohesion and a stunning visual appearance.”
A hybrid planning application is expected this month with a target date for the city council’s planning committee to hear the project in Q2 2024. Subject to approval, remedial work could begin as soon as Q3 2024.
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