Lockton House, a six-storey 1960s office building in Cambridge, is a step closer to being demolished and replaced, despite opposition from 40 households.

The building is in a residential area, and its demolition has been backed by Cambridge City Council’s Planning Committee.

The application for the redevelopment was submitted by Prudential UK Real Estate Limited Partnership & Wrenbridge, for the site just off Clarendon Road near to the railway line and Hills Road, where they plan to demolish Lockton House as well as a 2-storey office building at 1-2 Brooklands Avenue, which forms part of a Victorian terrace.

The plans see the buildings replaced by two new buildings ranging from two to five storeys and will feature underground parking, central gardens, and a café, making the footprint of the building approximately three times the size to nearly double the number of workers.

The new buildings will have terraces set across different levels, with some setback areas, attempting to reduce the impact on nearby residents.

At the council’s committee meeting on April 21, four councillors voted to approve the development, with two abstaining and one voting against.

Many residents are not happy with the council’s vote, concerned about the impacts on nearby homes, how the new building will fit into the surrounding area, and the risk taken in demolishing a part of a Victorian terrace.

Final planning permission will not be decided until it is confirmed that no environmental impact assessment is needed, and other development conditions are decided.

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