Historic Cambridge police station secures “stunning” hotel redevelopment planning consent with Newington support


A former Cambridge city centre police station, synonymous with one of the city’s most famous historic residents, received a unanimous planning consent last week for an exciting boutique hotel and tearoom redevelopment. Newington provided consultation, engagement and media support on the project.

The redevelopment by Henley Homes will see the conservation and restoration of key historic parts of the building in the new 57-bedroom hotel and quirky tearoom.

Hobson House is named after Thomas Hobson, a public-spirited character from seventeenth century Cambridge, best known for the phrase “Hobson’s choice”.

On Henley’s behalf, Newington co-ordinated public consultation as well as engagement with local politicians, business, tourism and heritage groups helping to deliver support from Visit Cambridge and a former Planning Committee Chair/local heritage campaigner who made a positive statement to the committee. The redevelopment was also described as “stunning” by the local newspaper and secured positive coverage in hotel trade press

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