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10 March 2015, 06:40
Plans for an Ice Rink on the edge of Cambridge have been submitted after more than two decades of searching for a possible site.
South Cambridgeshire District Council has launched a three week consultation to gather local views on the plans and is urging people to have their say.
The 56 metre permanent rink, with room for up to 500 spectators, would be built to international standards on land leased from Marshall next to the Newmarket Road Park & Ride site.
The sporting facility would be open to the public and sporting groups and built using the latest construction technologies to reduce its environmental impact and make it as energy efficient as possible.
There would also be cycle parking and being next to the Park and Ride the site benefits from good public transport links.
The consultation closes on Monday 30 March. Full details of the application can be found by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk, clicking on the planning application search button and typing in reference S/0506/15*
The consultation will be used as part of assessing the application before any decisions are made.
Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council's cabinet member for planning, said: "There has been a desire to find a suitable location for an Ice Rink in and around Cambridge for two decades and it is great news plans have been submitted so everyone can see what could be on offer. No one questions the merits of the facility, it would be a fantastic addition, but we now need to gather views and assess the plans for this location before a decision is made. I would really encourage everyone to get involved and have their say."