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.