The Tivoli, Cambridge

Paul Basham Associates’ Eastern Transport Planning team supported the application for the redevelopment of the Tivoli Pub at Chesterton Road in Cambridge. This included a part change of use at the site, requiring a review of the schemes traffic impact.

The Brief

The development proposals included the rebuilding and refurbishment of the site following fire damage in 2015. Following this the site was subject to a number of planning applications in recent years for predominantly residential uses, all of which were refused.

With a short deadline for submission and given the sites prolonged vacancy within a central Cambridge location, the Eastern team applied their knowledge of the local area and their understanding of the expectations of the local highway authority to support the application through to submission.

Our Approach

The Transport Planning team provided a comprehensive assessment of the site and its planning context. Site accessibility was evaluated, with a particular emphasis on multi-modal access via walking, cycling, and public transport.

Analysis undertaken for the site included a trip generation assessment across all modes. This was used to justify the minimal impact of the proposals in reference to the site's former use. Justification was provided for the rationale of providing zero car parking spaces on-site, in consideration of the development’s day to day operations and accessible nature. Evidence in support of this was provided in the form of a walking isochrones plan and photographic evidence of the existing conditions present surrounding the site location.

An overview of the impact of the development proposals was demonstrated effectively with evidence to support that the site would have a negligible impact on the local road network.

The Result

We were delighted to see this scheme receive full planning permission in September 2019, and the Tivoli officially reopened in May 2022. The site now hosts two mini-golf courses, a shuffleboard basement and a garden roof terrace overlooking the River Cam and has become a favorite social spot for the Eastern Region Team.