Retail Study South Cambridgeshire
Identify what factors have prevented/are preventing the development of retail/employment keeping pace with the delivery of housing; How significant an impact has the economic downturn been on these factors and will an upturn in the economy deliver the outstanding retail/employment sites.
Cambourne Retail/Employment Study – Description of Services
Awarding body South Cambridgeshire District Council
|Est. Start Date:||22/04/2013|
|Est. End Date:||31/05/2013|
Cambourne is a growing settlement with over 3200 of the originally consented 3300 homes already occupied and consent for a further 950 being implemented. However, the development of a number of the allocated retail and employment sites has not kept pace with the delivery of housing. It is therefore necessary to identify what factors are holding back or otherwise making these sites unattractive to the market and how the Council, working with its partners, can facilitate the delivery of further employment opportunities at Cambourne through the delivery of the outstanding sites.
Objectives of the study
• Identify what factors have prevented/are preventing the development of retail/employment keeping pace with the delivery of housing;
• How significant an impact has the economic downturn been on these factors and will an upturn in the economy deliver the outstanding retail/employment sites;
• What retail/employment offer can Cambourne support now and when all permitted housing (4250 dwellings) has been completed (consideration also needs to be given to the potential outcomes of the Local Plan and the sites that have been consulted on to the east and west of Cambourne); and
• What type and scale of employment uses and buildings would be attractive to the market now and when the market recovers.
• The study shall identify what measures, both planning and non-planning, would help deliver the outstanding retail/employment sites and what the implications of implementing these measures would be. The study may need to consider whether alternative, non-employment uses would be acceptable on some of the sites, in order to facilitate the delivery of retail/employment units, and how this would impact upon the sustainability of the settlement as a whole.
Roles, Responsibilities and Stakeholders
• The study will be managed by officers from the District Council. Any decisions on changing the objectives, outcomes, scope, timetable or funding for the work will be agreed by the Steering Group, which will be made up of Council officers and representatives of Cambourne Business Park.
• The initial findings of the study will be shared with Cambourne Parish Council and their comments incorporated into the final document where relevant.
• Access will be provided to the previous marketing of the Business Park and the other sites identified in the study. The Council’s Local Development Framework 2007 is available online and officers will make past planning applications, which are not online, available. Details of the Issues and Options for the Council’s emerging Local Plan are also available online.
Timetable and boundaries of the study area
• Once a consultant has been appointed the work will commence in April 2013 and shall be completed by May 2013. An initial findings document will be produced by agreement and circulated amongst the members of the Steering Group for comment before the final document is produced. Officers will also consult the Parish Council on the initial findings document and all relevant comments will be fed back to the consultant by to be incorporated into the final document.
The work will cover the undeveloped retail/employment sites in the settlement centre (High Street and De La Warr Way), the Business Park and adjacent ‘B’ use sites off Sheepfold Lane (see appendix 1).
Consideration will need to be given to all consented and upcoming developments in Cambourne. These include the recent consent for five retail units on the High Street and Back Lane, the convenience store at Lower Cambourne and the secondary school to the west of Lower Cambourne, which is due to open in September 2013.
Completed submissions must be returned no later (12/04/2013) no later than (13:00 Hours by email to firstname.lastname@example.org). Please email email@example.com to confirm that your company will be bidding. The bidding documents may be downloaded from www.sourcecambridgeshire.co.uk.
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|Contract Type||One off|
|Procurement Process||One off Interest|
|Estimated ValueText Description||budget range is 5k to 20k|
|Suitable for SME||YES|
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Submission Return By
South Cambridgeshire District Council
Requirement: Retail Study