In addition to the fire station the scheme, for client Stoford Living, includes 131 apartments, a restaurant and car parking. It was submitted for planning in May last year and recommended for approval. However, it was surprisingly rejected in November.
The client appointed lawyers Eversheds to fight the decision and at a tribunal last month a government inspector determined that the council had acted unfairly.
Explaining events leading up to the tribunal, Eversheds planning lawyer Stuart Andrew said: 'Glenn Howells prepared a draft scheme which Cambridge officers said was fine, but they asked him to 'be bold' and create an assertive response to what is a difficult site.'
'He went away and came back to the council, which said it was fantastic. But when it went to the members, they said they didn't like it.'
'In the end we won the day and the building will be constructed,' added Andrew.