M11 travel hub plan to be heard by advisers for third time

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Plans to build a travel center in green belt land outside Cambridge will be debated by councilors for the third time next week.

New Shire Hall, Cambridgeshire County Council. Photo taken by LDR (57212102)

A planning application for the Travel Center off Junction 11 of the M11 will be discussed by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday June 15.

County Council applied for planning permission for the Cambridge South West Travel Hub from the Greater Cambridge Partnership in June 2020.

The proposal aims to create 2,150 parking spaces, including 108 blue badge bays and 109 electric vehicle charging bays.

There are 12 private coach spaces provided, along with 326 bicycle parking spaces and an equestrian parking lot with an adjoining horse corral.

The travel hub is also expected to include a bus interchange consisting of six bus stops with covered waiting areas.

A new access to the site from the A10 and the widening of the roadway are also proposed.

The aim of the project is to help ease congestion on the approach to the city and also alleviate pressure on the existing site of Trumpington Park and Ride.

The application was first presented to the committee in July 2021, but was postponed due to a number of concerns.

He returned to the committee in February this year, where councilors could not agree whether to reject or approve the plans, and so ultimately decided to postpone the decision again.

Concerns were raised at the meeting over whether plans to build a ‘giant car park’ were the right thing to do when the county council had declared a climate emergency.

Cllr Sebastian Kindersley told the meeting that the app “belongs to years past” and not 2022.

The application has been recommended for approval, with conditions, by the planning officers.


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