Cambridge demolishing council homes
by Stephen Hewitt | Published 26 February 2021 | Last updated 1 March 2021
On Saturday 16 December 2017 I saw excavators and large mounds of rubble where not long before had stood flats and council homes at Anstey Way, Cambridge, CB2 9JA. (First photograph).
A passing local resident told me that the demolitions had occurred within the last two weeks.
The demolition site, approximately a rectangle of 50x100 metres, was surrounded by solid fencing panels on which there were several different notices.
One of these notices was an A4-sized sheet stating:
“Cambridge Investment Partnership hereby give the necessary notice that it has made an application to determine whether prior approval is required for the demolition of no's 9 to 28 Anstey Way, Cambridge.” ...“The date on which the applicant proposes to carry out the demolition is Summer 2017.”
At the bottom there was a hand-written signature legible as “S Longstaff” and printed after it “(On behalf of Cambridge Investment Partnership) Date: 30/06/2017”.
Cambridge Investment Partnership (company number OC415211) was incorporated in 2016 as a limited liability partnership. The legality of any council using a limited liability partnership for such purposes was being challenged in the high court in 2017 in the case of Peters v London Borough of Haringey & Anor . The judgement in that case, which confirmed such a use was legal, was handed down on 8 February 2018.
This was not the first time Cambridge City Council had demolished council homes. The photograph dated 2 July 2015 shows a similar scene at Water Lane.
- Cambridge Evening News article: Widow begs: Don't bulldoze my home Chris Havergal, Cambridge Evening News, 25 October 2012 (Water Lane, demolished 2015)
- Letter in Cambridge News: Move driven by finance alone Clare Blair, Cambridge News, 5 December 2012 (Water Lane, demolished 2015)
- Cambridge News article: Green light to demolish and rebuild homes Chris Havergal, Cambridge News, 5 December 2013 (Water Lane, demolished 2015)
- Cambridge News article: Last man standing GARETH MACPHERSON, Cambridge News, 23 May 2014 (Water Lane, demolished 2015)
- Cambridge residents resisting demolition of homes and loss of green space at Montreal Square 28 July 2018, street campaign in Mill Road
- Celebration of Haringey's decision to drop HDV 20 September 2018, party in Tottenham pub
- Grenfell bereaved asking for signatures on inquiry petition to parliament 14 December 2017, Notting Hill, London
- Photos of rough sleeping in Cambridge Cambridge, 2017-2018 (5 pictures)
- Council spraying glyphosate-based herbicide in Cambridge streets 7 May 2019, Cambridge
- Cambridge Independent article: Residents opposing demolition of their Montreal Square homes in Cambridge plead to be left in peace Gemma Gardner, Cambridge Independent, 12 August 2018
- LocalGovernmentLawyer article: Peters v Haringey and the LLP debate Alex Kynoch & Karl Edwards, LocalGovernmentLawyer, 16 February 2018