Cambridge City Council: Save Gresham House
  • Petitioned Angela Briggs

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Senior Planning Officer, Cambridge City Council
Angela Briggs
Senior Conservation and Design Officer, Cambridge City Council
Susan Smith

Cambridge City Council: Save Gresham House

    1. Local Cambridge Residents
    2. Petition by

      Local Cambridge Residents

      Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Gresham House is familiar to those of you who use the pedestrian crossing and bike path from Parker's piece into Gresham Road. This graceful Victorian house built around 1830 sits in its own beautiful walled garden and has many elegant features. The Gonville hotel who own Gresham house, have applied to demolish this house as part of their redevelopment plans for the Gonville hotel which would see it replaced by a contemporary building housing 43 bedrooms and a day spa. Many of you will know how unsympathetically the Gonville hotel has dealt with extending the 19th century house at the centre of its hotel and  whist they propose to improve the look of the rest of the hotel in these  plans, their intention to demolish Gresham place is harsh and unnecassery. It could form the second beautiful section of the hotel with sympathetic incorporation. 

Gresham house is part of the Conservation area of New Town and Glisson Road and although not listed it is identified by the Conservation officer at Cambridge City council as being a “building important to the character of the conservation area.”

The Local residents including those who live immediately next to this house at Gresham Place and on Gresham road are horrified at the prospect of this house being demolished and a large extension to the hotel replacing it. In order to justify their actions the developer and others may claim that the wider public would benefit from the demolition of Gresham house and the redevelopment of the Gonville hotel as proposed in its planning application. If we can demonstrate that the wider public is in fact against the demolition and the redevelopment as it stands and by getting as many people to sign this petition as possible, then it would be much more difficult for the developer and others to argue their case and for the Council to give Conservation Area consent for demolition.

So please help us to save Gresham house by signing this petition and BY MAKING YOUR VIEWS KNOWN FORMALLY TO PLANNING APPLICATION NUMBER   13/0647/CAC ( this deals with the demolition in a conservation area) and PLANNING APPLICATION NUMBER 13/0646/FUL  ( which is the application  for demolition and the full development) ON THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL WEBSITE.

 

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    1. Gresham house saved for now and the proposed development was not allowed.

      Local Cambridge Residents
      Petition Organizer

      We are happy to tell you that on October 2 both the application to demolish Gresham house and the application to erect an ugly three storey block in its place were thrown out by the Cambridge City Councils Planning Commitee. Tne proposed building was described as an " Ugly Pig of a Building" and it was recognised and acknowledged by the commitee that if consent was ever given to demolish Gresham house, a historic building then something more suitable for a conservation area must be proposed in its place. the new design was considered of not a high enough quality. We are happy that the correct and just descision was made at this stage and wait to see what the Gonville hotel propose to do with the site.

    2. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Daryl Waller LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      cuz i like it..

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    • William Proud CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      There are many hotels under construction in Cambridge at present. On Newmarket Road and elsewhere. These are using brown-field, ex-industrial sites with un-used industrial buildings from the 20th Century. Try there before removing much older buildings which are far from dererlict.

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    • chris davis COTTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      very nice period building and horrid hotel plans

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    • Jack Klinck CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      We are losing far too much of our heritage and historic architecture in Cambridge. It should be possible to adapt historic buildings to contemporary uses to retain the quality of the urban environment in Cambridge.

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    • Robert-Louis Abrahamson LINTON, CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Too much of Cambridge has been sacrificed to modern buildings simply for the profit of the owners.

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