The nature of the site is influenced by the presence of London Plane trees around its perimeter. This character is to remain with the retention of all the trees along Sturton Street and York Street, whilst two of the younger London Plane trees on New Street will be removed to create a new street frontage.
The landscape strategy is influenced by two of Cambridge’s typical landscape features – the meadow and the park.
Woodland-edge meadows will be planted underneath the existing lines of mature London Plane trees, whilst a new wildlife friendly garden will be planted around the new café in the park.
The plan below shows a new area of usable open space around the café. This will replace an area of unusable and lower quality open space on the corner of New Street and York Street which we propose to use for disabled parking.
The existing areas of paving and tarmac within the site will be newly surfaced and lighting introduced to the new pedestrian route through the site which will help connect New Street to St Matthew’s Piece.
New burrows and nature friendly planting will be used throughout to help birds, insects and animals.