WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Two planning applications have been submitted - 1 for a Sporting Village and residential homes and the other for redevelopment of the Abbey Stadium. Both applications have been submitted by Grosvenor, the current landlords of the Abbey Stadium.
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT US?
The applications being approved are vital in securing the long-term future of Cambridge United and enhancing the work they do in the community. The Sporting Village will also benefit the local community with much needed sporting facilities and affordable housing. The Sporting Village will be the home for Cambridge United Youth Development and enable the Abbey Stadium to be redeveloped. The Abbey Stadium redevelopment will go towards securing the future of the club by providing non matchday revenue streams. It will also provide a platform for Cambridge United to further be a part of the community and providing sport provision for more children in the city and surrounding areas.
WHY IS THERE OPPOSITION TO THE APPLICATION?
The proposals are for the Sporting Village to be built on Green Belt land. There are also concerns over the increased traffic and strain on local services.
HOW CAN I HELP SUPPORT THE APPLICATION?
The South Cambridgeshire District Council website has an option to comment on each application. By submitting positive feedback in support of the proposals this could sway the decision in favour of the application being successful. You could also ask friends, family and other local residents to do the same.
WHAT SORT OF FEEDBACK SHOULD I GIVE?
You are of course free to comment your personal opinion. If you are in favour though and more specifically want to support the proposals on behalf of Cambridge United, we'd suggest you do not mention Cambridge United specifically. Instead mention the lack of sporting facilities in the area and personally how you, friends and family would potentially make use of these. You could also mention the lack of affordable housing available in the area and how this will help. We'd also suggest not directing anything towards those who are in support of rejecting the application, instead mention the positive points of approving it.
WHERE CAN I SUBMIT FEEDBACK?
Follow these links for the respective applications:
Sporting Village - tinyurl.com/sportvillage
Abbey Stadium Redevelopment - tinyurl.com/h8tpp7s
Then click on "Comment on this application" (last link in the first box of text on the page).
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