Bringing community benefits

A former landfill on the outskirts of the historic university city of Cambridge, the site to the south of Coldhams Lane, Cherry Hinton, presents an opportunity for ecology to thrive and communities to flourish.

Anderson Group is planning to clean up, transform and open this inaccessible former wilderness, delivering a country park and community lakes.

These benefits, undoubtedly enriching in nature, are privately funded through the proceeds of development on the allocated parcel to the east of the Coldhams Business Park. Discussions with the local community are well underway and Anderson is committed to providing proposals in line with the ambitions of local people.


  • Former landfill (unregulated)
  • Challenging waste types – household, industrial, commercial, liquids and sludge asbestos
  • Groundwater issues
  • Migration of protected habitats required
  • Ground improvement and soil stabilisation required
  • Height restrictions due to proximity to Cambridge Airport



  • Policy-compliant 40% affordable housing proposed on site
  • Opening up and incorporating the 30 acre lakes as part of a new urban country park, making a previously impassable site publicly accessible
  • Creation of a 50 acre urban country park, providing walking, cycling and nature trails
  • Delivery of an education centre to link the urban country park with the local school network’s outdoor teaching philosophy
  • All community gain is privately funded by the proceeds of the construction and sale of new homes
  • Site was previously derelict and neglected; new proposals will ensure site makes a positive contribution to the local economy