Green light for new Cambourne shops

Councillors gave five new shops in Cambourne the green light last Wednesday (November 7), paving the way for new jobs and more choice for local residents.

Two shops are planned for Cambourne High Street and a further three on Back Lane.

Revised designs for the shops were submitted and approved following concerns from Cambourne Parish Council and a public consultation on the plans in the summer.

The two High Street units will be roughly twice the size of the shops already in the parade, and will be built between Cambridge Building Society and Sackville House.

The three Back Lane shops will be larger warehouse retail units, built opposite Morrisons’ petrol station.

The proposals also include landscaping, cycle parking, improved links from the car park at the rear of Morrisons through to the High Street, and the creation of a new urban square.

The type of application means that none of the shops will be hot food takeaways or businesses where food is eaten on the premises; they will be general retail businesses.

Cllr Nick Wright, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning and economic development, said: “This is great news for Cambourne and its surrounding villages, creating new jobs and boosting the local high street.

“I am very pleased that the developers were so open to public consultation on the design of the shops, and hope that we’ll see them built and occupied as soon as possible.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (November 15) Echo.