Cambridge North Station
and New Urban Quarter

Bidwells worked on the regeneration of the former Chesterton Sidings site to create a new urban quarter and secured planning permission for the new Cambridge North Station, which opened in May 2017. The emerging masterplan proposals for Cambridge North urban quarter incorporate 1 million sq ft commercial floorspace and 700 residential dwellings.


What we did

  • Created a planning strategy for redevelopment of this major brownfield opportunity site on the edge of the city


  • Advised on the development of a master plan for the regeneration of the site

  • Promoted the site through the emerging Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire Local Plan Reviews and North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

  • Assisted discussions with Network Rail and other delivery partners

  • Prepared and negotiated applications for reconfiguration of minerals processing facility and revised proposals for the new Cambridge North Station to help facilitate redevelopment

  • Prepared planning applications for first phase of development including coordination of an Environmental Impact Assessment


  • Secured changes to local plan policies to facilitate early planning applications for the site

  • Secured planning permission for reconfiguration of minerals processing works

  • Secured planning permission for revised proposals for Cambridge North Station which opened in May 2017. This has formed a major new transport hub within the north of the City and acted as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area

  • Secured planning permission for first phase of development, including a 217- bed hotel and circa 10,000 sqm of B1 office space

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