Although none of the sites' buildings are listed they do lie in the city's Central Conservation Area and therefore any change proposed to them or near them will require careful consideration.
None of sites’ buildings are listed.
21 Hobson Street, the former cinema and bingo hall, was designated a Building of Local Interest by Cambridge City Council some time after 1998. This followed English Heritage’s decision that year that the building was not listable because the inside was too altered and the exterior was not a particularly accomplished piece of design.
COVID-19 related restrictions have meant that it has not been possible to obtain a copy of the committee report which explains why the building was made a Building of Local Interest.
All three sites lie within the city’s Central Conservation Area. 16 – 17 Sidney Street and 18 – 19 Sidney Street are recorded as “positive buildings” in the conservation area appraisal. The rear of 16 – 17 Sidney Street (i.e. its service area on Hobson Street) is identified as a “key negative view”. It notes that “the chance to improve the service areas would make a major contribution to the street, but it is difficult to envisage with the current building plots.”