Cambridge University is proposing to build a huge estate on a stretch of farm land North West of the city, 45 hectares of which is green belt land:
Obviously (!) I’m against the development, but rather than just being a nay-sayer, I thought I’d offer up an alternative solution for their forecast growth:
Given that students are now being asked to pay for their degree, (and by so doing will probably be in debt for a considerable length of time) numbers of students applying for a place at University are decreasing. And that’s no bad thing, but the subject of another post.
And given that some universities are therefore going to struggle to keep their roll…
Wouldn’t Cambridge University be better off just buying another university’s campus, and using it as an annex? The University of Cambridge in Bedford or Buckingham or wherever?
That way they’d have purpose-built rooms for lectures, seminars and for boarding and refectory.
And that way they wouldn’t spoil the lovely rural feel of the North West of the city, or infict a huge rise in population on the city whose infrastructure can ill afford it.
And perhaps it would enrich the economy in another part of the country too…