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Rogers' railway scheme binned by developer

Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners' proposals for its vast Cambridge Railway Station scheme have been scrapped by the developer.

The £725 million regeneration project was thrown out by Cambridge planners this time last year (Rogers faces Cambridge rejection). Cambridge-based developer Ashwell Property Group filed an appeal against the decision, but this has since been withdrawn and Pritzker Prize-winning Rogers has been sent back to the drawing board.

In a statement Ashwell said: 'Ashwell Property Group has decided to withdraw its appeal on the initial proposals for the redevelopment of the Cambridge Station Road area.

'Ashwell and its architects, Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners, are working closely with the city and county councils to deliver a scheme that addresses the concerns on the original planning application.'

The huge mixed-use scheme was intended to provide more than 1,400 homes to the south-east area of Cambridge, as well as a mass of office and retail space.

The original designs were mauled by CABE a year ago, and the scheme has also felt the wrath of local campaign groups who are hell-bent on killing off the development.

Despite this, Ashwell chief executive Paul Thwaites remains confident about the project.

'We are making excellent progress,' he said. 'At the heart of the redesign is a focus on delivering a high-quality transport interchange, which will enable people living, working or visiting this great city to move between transport by bicycle, bus, train, and car with ease.'

A public consultation on the new scheme will take place early this summer.

by Richard Vaughan

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