The redevelopment and opening up of the Ely Station Gateway has been identified as a crucial scheme for the future growth of the City of Ely. The railway station is a key asset, with potential to be a modern transport interchange, but currently it is restricted by a congested forecourt that cannot be accessed by buses. Its immediate surroundings, including a large supermarket car park, provide a poor and unwelcoming environment for visitors arriving in the City. The configuration of the low road bridge and rail crossing for heavy goods vehicles creates significant traffic congestion.
The draft Local Plan 2013 identifies the station gateway for potential regeneration as an employment hub and commercial quarter for the City. The draft Local Plan suggests an area of mixed use, residential and office space providing for high quality, high amenity employment uses, taking advantage of the proximity to both the rail station and the river. There are a number of adjacent sites currently in commercial use or vacant which could contribute towards this objective.
Background documents and reports produced to date can be found below.
Draft Ely Station Gateway Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
East Cambridgeshire District Council has recently consulted on the draft Ely Station Gateway Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The document sets out ambitious proposals to transform the station area into a vibrant mixed use urban quarter which provides for employment expansion, enhanced transport interchange facilities as well as creating an attractive gateway to the city.
The draft Ely Station Gateway SPD document, summary leaflet and the copy of the exhibitions boards can be found below.