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Support

Grafton Area of Major Change SPD 2017

Representation ID: 31951

Received: 02/11/2017

Respondent: Mrs Hannah Lea

Representation:

A Palm court style social venue within the Grafton Centre that serves food and drink and caters for theatre (could be included on site) and cinema goers along with a Hack space, Escape rooms etc would create a multi age leisure destination where the focus is on culture and social interaction rather than music and alcohol.
By extending the footfall into the evening, the cafe/bars/restaurants should be more viable and sustainable.

Full text:

A Palm court style social venue within the Grafton Centre that serves food and drink and caters for theatre (could be included on site) and cinema goers along with a Hack space, Escape rooms etc would create a multi age leisure destination where the focus is on culture and social interaction rather than music and alcohol.
By extending the footfall into the evening, the cafe/bars/restaurants should be more viable and sustainable.

Support

Grafton Area of Major Change SPD 2017

Representation ID: 31954

Received: 03/11/2017

Respondent: Cambridge City Council

Representation:

Cambridge needs more independent shops, and I'm pleased this is recognised in the SPD. For all the benefits of chain stores, they can lead to clone towns and also tend to draw money out of the city. Although planning can't require independent stores, providing smaller retail spaces is a step in the right direction.

It's also worth bearing in mind that the city centre is being used less for low-end shopping, due to the more expensive stores being opened there. I think the city centre SPD will support this. It's worth considering adding market stalls here near the cheaper stores.

Full text:

Cambridge needs more independent shops, and I'm pleased this is recognised in the SPD. For all the benefits of chain stores, they can lead to clone towns and also tend to draw money out of the city. Although planning can't require independent stores, providing smaller retail spaces is a step in the right direction.

It's also worth bearing in mind that the city centre is being used less for low-end shopping, due to the more expensive stores being opened there. I think the city centre SPD will support this. It's worth considering adding market stalls here near the cheaper stores.