There was another meeting to discuss the Mill Road Depot site this evening
and I was there to represent Romsey Labour.
The meeting was well attended (about 60 people) and there was feedback on how the points made at the previous meeting were introduced to the draft ideas for the site that were now going to be discussed.
We then broke into groups to discuss the draft, which is still very much an outline, and a considerable number of points were made about how that outline may be further developed.
What follows is by no means an exhaustive list and is still very much blue sky thinking - that is to say nothing is settled and there will be further and ongoing discussions before any definitive plan will be offered for consultation.
> Targeting the housing needs of the immediate neighbourhood and integrating it
> Ensuring open space and improving community facilities
> Investigating 100% rental, including maximising the social rented accommodation that can be delivered within the overall package
> Consideration of the large trees on the site
> Potential for new home for Women's Resource Centre within a community building (even perhaps a nursery)
> Looking at a range of access options - from a no car site (except disability vehicles) through to 0.6 car provision per household
> Minimising extra traffic impacts from the site - Hooper St access not an option
> Wide ranging accommodation from potential flats adjacent to the railway to houses on the remainder of the site
> Old Coach house building to stay and be converted into accommodation
All of these plans are set against a number of financial considerations which are mainly linked to the way Central Government are all but putting local authorities under siege in relation to funding to develop new council owned homes and keeping their existing housing stock.
Please note nothing here is a given - these matters and others that were discussed are all very much for discussion by our community.
Please contact one of our Romsey Team if you want to ask a question or contribute to the debate.
In the photo local activists Sophie Barnett and Peter Wilson, and Councillors Anna Smith, Dave Baigent and Zoe Moghadas.
St Phillips Church early discussion on Mill road depot - Consultation with Cambridge City Council Officers
Around 50 attended an early meeting in consideration of the development of Mill Road Depot where the City Council presented some outline and residents worked in small focus groups with facilitators to discuss their thoughts on the future use of the depot (10-11-15).
There was a general consensus that the site should be used for accommodation. Other discussions in no particular order:
- potential for flats on the railway side
- density of around 160
- mixed accommodation
- mixed views on style from contemporary to traditional
- consideration of a cooperative
- need for affordable/social/council housing
- areas of space within - grass, play area, community garden - potentially through the middle and going up to Mill Rd
- opportunity for exemplar site for other areas
- sustainable low energy
- needs a discussion on the use of existing listed building
- some disagreement about exits although majority view seemed to prefer single access onto Mill Rd
- low or zero car use - car barn - part of a wider scheme for traffic reduction
- concern over loss of private garaging at the end of the site
- concern over local schooling unable to cope (recognition of the proximity of the Travis site
- opportunity with Travis site to secure access to station direct from Mill Rd
- guesstimate for work to start in 2017 and first residents in 2019