Managing the environment
An Environmental Impact Assessment will look at the ‘likely significant impacts’ of construction and the operational railway on people, the natural and built environment. It will identify what measures are required to mitigate such impacts.
We will seek to agree a Code of Construction Practice in consultation with the local authority which will identify how construction impacts such as traffic, noise, vibration and dust will be monitored, controlled and managed.
Hobson’s Park and Wildlife
Hobson’s Park comprises a bird reserve and lake primarily used by breeding black-headed gulls, as well as Greylag and Canada Geese, and Common Tern. Nine Wells Bridge has hosted multiple active house martin nests. Landscaping will include creating habitats for bird nesting/foraging, hedges, wetland, pollinator planting, trees and other planting.
Hobson’s Brook is a watercourse of importance to the local community and wildlife in the area of the development proposals. Appropriate mitigation measures will be implemented during construction to avoid and protect this asset and other water features so they are not significantly affected.
There is a rich history of early settlement dating back to the Iron Age and Roman periods in the vicinity of the site. With a scheduled monument to the south, and potential archaeology close to the site, we are investigating ways to reduce the impact with Cambridgeshire County Council and Historic England.
A central part of our landscape strategy is to showcase and enhance the natural features of the area. We are committed to achieving a net gain in biodiversity in line with emerging environmental legislation and local policy.
Our landscape designers are working with the station architects to make sure that the proposals:
• Complement the architectural form and materials of surrounding developments
• Emit minimal exterior lighting
• Do not become a dominating visual focus to users of Hobson’s Park.
A transport assessment will identify the impact on sustainable travel modes of the proposed development. It will assess how the proposals will facilitate movements for all, overcoming any barriers for the mobility impaired and propose mitigations where appropriate.
Noise and vibration
Assessments for noise and vibration impacts will take into account the presence of vibration-sensitive operations on the Biomedical Campus.