PACT’s AGM will be held at the Cherry Trees Club, on St Matthew’s Street, on 14th November at 8:15pm. We’ll be keeping it simple this year, as we have ongoing social events and the summer event wasn’t long ago, but feel free to come along, hear the reports and chat about local events!
Please do our survey for the Depot gatehouse and join our mailing list! Also, council officers are seeking a use for the shop-like unit across from the Gatehouse (on the left below, although the design changed slightly) and it could form part of the same lease. Do you have an idea? Let us know!
We’re starting our consultation to develop plans for the Gatehouse as a community centre and we would love to hear your views! Our survey and more information is over at PetersfieldGatehouse.org . We’re also really keen to find people who would like to get more deeply involved! For any questions, do pop along and meet us – we have dates planned.
So this looks better – there are two sets of plans for the trail. One for before it’s open, to avoid anti-social use, etc., and a proposed final one.
The plans from 2 Mar 2018 look pretty decent. Not quite as permeable as we would like, but with more decent turning space etc. These are the intended final state. The planning status of this situation seems ambiguous though.
Letter about this makes interesting reading too –
So it’s on the agenda for what’s sure to be a packed planning meeeting on Wednesday 28th March. 10am, Committee Room 1 & 2, The Guildhall, Market Square.
Officer’s report below.
Another key document is the “townscape and views assessment.” This shows overlook onto Ainsworth Street, among other places. What do you think? You can email us – my email is chair@pactCambridge.org . The conservation people seem to have been upset about this but the planning officer is saying the damage is worth it. Is it? It’s improved anyway from previous submissions. The officer also says it’s acceptable given it was in the SPD, but the SPD lacked any assessment like this. See pages 33, 35.
Less than 48 hours until the next deadline for depot comments. Do check out the document below.
We’re still concerned about issues like the height of the block which appears to overlook Ainsworth St, the “walled off” design of the Chisholm Trail, and the fragmentation of the open space.
A good time for another look and comment – this is the main document for the proposed changes. All improvements, maybe, but the extent to which Ainsworth St is overlooked is still much bigger than expected and the Chisholm Trail may still be walled off – and the extra house on Hooper St is probably still meaning awkward access to it.
The planning permission application for the Mill Road Depot site is open to comment now – until Feb 2nd – and although there are bound to be complications, sooner is better. Probably the best overview is to read section 4 of the design & access statement, which I’m republishing here.
For the full documents, search for “Mill Road Depot” on the planning portal –
Click on the “184 dwellings…” application.
Our luck with winter has run out this year – a tough decision when the snow hasn’t arrived yet but the cold and wet are too much of a problem for generator, marquee, band etc.
PACT has had some really promising discussions with the city council (councillors, officers and the CIP) and the YMCA. We’re delighted to say that it looks increasingly certain that we will be offered a proper community facility based around the existing Gatehouse building, plus some extra space, which would be the existing link house (that’s the building between the Gatehouse and the library), or a similar new building but on the east side of the gatehouse instead of the south side.
The intent is to create a viable, independent community space under community lease or ownership, independent of the YMCA building but run in collabration with them (realistically, the YMCA have great experience in this and compatible aims, so we’d love to use that for the day to day running of the site).
This building is sadly at the Mill Road end of the site, when our priority is the lack of facilities at the north “St Matthew’s” end. However the CIP (Cambridge Investment Partnership, who are developing the site under 50% council ownership) have also worked to improve the access to the site from the north end, adjusting some house placement to make a more inviting entrance to Hooper Street, leading onto the green space and playground areas, and from there down to the Gatehouse.
Discussions with architects are going on, and hopefully soon we’ll have some kind of outline of the proposals to share and start to seek feedback and ideas to develop.
If you would like to get involved or you have an activity that Petersfield can’t accommodate – due to the kind of space you need or charges or accessibility or anything else, do drop a mail to chair@pactCambridge.org . We will work to open up this process as things get more certain, including launching a major survey to help us find uses for the building whch don’t compete with other local facilities. In the mean time, we would love to hear from you – do come along too on Sunday to our Christmas Party on the Piece, on St Matthew’s Piece from 2-4pm.