Developer looks to build even more homes on top of Cambridge block of flats

Three-storey block of flats, built in yellow brick.
A developer is hoping to increase the number of flats it can include in a new floor it wants to build on top of Edeva Court in Cambridge. -Credit:Google

A developer is looking to build even more flats in the new floor it plans to add on top of an existing block of flats in Cambridge. Permission was granted on appeal to build three new flats on top of Edeva Court, in Wulfstan Way, despite concerns from people already living in the building about the impact of the extension. However, now the developer, Avon Ground Rents Ltd, wants to increase the number of flats it can build on top of the block to four.

The developer is proposing to build three one-bedroom flats, and one two-bedroom flat. In plans submitted to Cambridge City Council, it said: “Each flat is designed to comply with the nationally described space standards and will be provided with generous kitchen/living/dining areas, built-in storage space, dual aspect windows and private outdoor amenity space in the form of balconies. The flats will be accessed via the existing central stair core.”

The city council initially refused to give permission to the original plans to build a new floor on top of the three-storey block of flats, which already includes 12 flats. Concerns had been raised by people living in the building that the extension to add three new flats on top of their homes would have a “permanent and irreversible adverse impact on the character and appearance” of the suburban area.

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However, the city council’s decision was overturned after the developer appealed to the planning inspectorate. The planning inspector said the proposals would be a “sensitive, upwards extension” of the building, which would add three new homes to the supply of housing within the city. The city council will now be asked to consider the latest proposals put forward by the developer to build four new flats rather than three on the additional floor.

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