Azara Blog: The Lib Dems do not want a decently sized supermarket west of the Cam

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Date published: 2010/07/06

The Cambridge News says:

Construction of a giant supermarket on the North West Cambridge development could have dire consequences, a councillor has warned.

Plans for new stores on the edge of the city, also serving homes on Orchard Park and those due to be built at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) site, are set to be consulted on.

As the News reported yesterday, one option would see a 3,500 sq m superstore, around the same size as Asda at the Beehive Centre, built at North West Cambridge.

The development, between Madingley Road and Huntingdon Road, is being brought forward by Cambridge University and will include around 3,000 new homes and accommodation for 2,000 students.

Cllr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, who represents the Castle ward on Cambridgeshire County Council, believes it would be the wrong place for a big supermarket and has launched a campaign against the plans.

She said: "I would like to see individual shops and community facilities on this site, not a giant supermarket. The idea was to build homes round a well-planned local centre and shops.

"If a large supermarket was built on this site it would lead to serious transport issues and increased carbon emissions."

Another option would see the location of the superstore shifted to NIAB, between Huntingdon Road and Histon Road, while a third would instead create two smaller supermarkets, of 2,000 sq m, at NIAB and North West Cambridge. A fourth would stick to existing plans for smaller convenience stores.

It is pathetic how anyone who hates anything (and Brooks-Gordon, like most Lib Dems, hates supermarkets and cars) has to justify their (arbitrary) opinion by playing the "emissions" card. The rich people who live in the Huntingdon Road area (and Brooks-Gordon lives just off Huntingdon Road) evidently do not want a supermarket, but (most of) the people who live in north Cambridge do, and it would be sensible to place a supermarket at the northern end of the NIAB development. There is plenty of land there, and the Huntingdon Road NIMBYs would not have to notice it at all.

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