Saturday, January 18, 2014
A hotel, a car showroom and a care home could be built on the outskirts of St Ives.
Town councillors were shown plans for Giffords Park – land between Somersham Road and the A1123 – at last Wednesday’s planning meeting.
The proposals include a new ground for St Ives Town Football Club, allowing it to move from Westwood Road, a possible solar farm and a commercial/employment area that would allow businesses on the industrial estate to move to larger premises but remain within the town.
Space for a supermarket and petrol station has also been added in the plans, providing a possible alternative to Morrisons, which hopes to build a store next to the Marsh Harrier on the other side of Needingworth Road.
Other space is set aside for a hotel, residential care and a car showroom. Land has been offered to St Ivo School for a possible sixth form centre.
The blueprint for the east of the town, entitled St Ives – The future?, claims that Giffords Park can “provide key employment land needs for the town up to 2036”.
It says the proposals have received interest from several operators.
It adds: “Giffords Park has the potential to become a major employment centre, and existing and new public transport links to the town will allow local people a sustainable mode of travel.”
The plans also state: “This is not a short-term in-fill site which gives little or nothing back to the community as a whole. As an employment-led scheme, including a food store, sufficient capital will be generated to pump-prime important community facilities such as St Ives FC, residential care and opportunities for St Ivo School and others.
“A ‘window of opportunity’ exists with a long-term landowner who is willing to play a full role working with the community. This will allow the land to be managed and developed effectively as an asset of the town.”