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CABE rejects PRP's Cambridge garden suburb for the second time

CABE has reiterated its 'fundamental concerns' with PRP Architects' proposals for the development of a new garden suburb near Cambridge.

It is the second time the masterplan has been put forward to the design watchdog and, despite the changes made by PRP, CABE remains unconvinced.

The practice is proposing a residential development of up to 2,300 homes with accompanying schools, community, sport and recreation facilities along with 'landscaped open spaces'.

However, although CABE 'congratulates the ambitions of the team', it claims to be concerned that the vision is not evident in the masterplan.

The report states: 'The character of the development as a garden suburb is not apparent in the urban form and layout. While we note the changes to the masterplan, we do not believe they address our fundamental concerns.

'We therefore recommend that the basic parameters of the masterplan are looked at again, focusing more on what defines the character of the proposed urban extension and less on the constraints of the site itself.'

Finally, CABE calls for a new masterplan to be drawn up by PRP, with the aim of developing its first phase into more detailed proposals, 'to test parameters.'

by Richard Vaughan

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