Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Cambridge Cycling Campaign:
Non material amendment of outline planning permission S/2682/13/OL
Land North of, NEWMARKET ROAD, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Application reference : S/1610/19/NM
The site at Newbury Farm has been allocated for housing development by Cambridge City Council in the Cambridge Local Plan 2018 (known as site ‘GB2’).
This Land is drawing up outline plans for the development of c. 230 new homes at Newbury Farm, located to the south of Worts’ Causeway and to the north of Babraham Road in Cambridge. The site has been allocated for housing development by Cambridge City Council in the Cambridge Local Plan 2018 (known as site ‘GB2’).
Marshalls Aerospace are to close Cambridge Airport and relocate. This creates a massive area for new development.
Discharge of conditions 32 (footway/cycleway Oakington Road) 33 (widening of existing footway/cycleway Oakington Road), 34 (Widening of existing footway/cycleway Rampton Road) and 35 (Improvements of bus stop) of planning permission S/1606/16/OL for outline planning permission for the erection of up to 126 dwellings, formation of a new vehicular & pedestrian access onto Oakington Road and associated infrastructure and works (All matters reserved apart from access).
The County Council have a consultation running on "improvements along Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, to make it safer and more attractive for walking and cycling" between Hills road and Perne Road.
The consultation runs until Tuesday 18 June. There are two consultation events at Rock Road Library, 69 Rock Road, Cambridge on Tuesday 21 May and Tuesday 21 May.
GCP should be applying for the second Tranche. This was discussed at the May monthly meeting where we created a list of possible schemes. This issue is designed to both create additional items for this list, and also expand on the needs of each of these items.
Cambridge University is planning to refurbish 1 Regent Street for its Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Currently there are very anti-cycling 'No cycle parking' notices along the railings, which is hardly an example of sustainability leadership.
We should use this as an opportunity to get cycle parking along here.
Application for approval of all reserved matters (appearance, landscaping, access, layout and scale) for 73 dwellings following outline planning permission S/0388/12/OL .
Land south east of the B1050 at Station Road, Parcel H8, Phase 1, Northstowe, Longstanton, Cambs
Change of use from restaurant and associated staff accommodation to bed and breakfast (20no rooms) with Managers flat.
11 Napier Street Cambridge CB1 1HR
Application reference : 18/1520/FUL
Redevelopment of existing bus turning head and redundant service area to provide new hotel and ancillary restaurant (Use Class C1), new public realm (urban park) and landscape improvements together with associated highway works to East Road providing new bus stops, pedestrian and cycle routes.
Grafton Centre Fitzroy Street Cambridge CB1 1PS
Application reference : 19/0512/FUL
Erection of 2no. 2-bed dwellings with associated access, car parking and landscaping following demolition of existing garage.
Land Rear Of 305-307 Milton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1XQ
Application reference : 19/0515/FUL
Contractors are currently rebuilding the section of the Stapleford to Sawston cycleway (part of NCN11) between Sawston traffic lights and the junction with the Sawston Bypass. This isn't a problem in itself and is welcome but it is a bit surprising - while this section of the path was uneven in places and rather narrow it was still better that much provision elsewhere (including elsewhere on this cycleway). It looks like it part of this.
Unit 330 is a circa 30,000 sq. ft over 2, 330 , Cambridge Science Park, Milton, CB4 0WN
First Floor front extension. Window and external door renewal. External repairs to existing area of hard and soft landscaping. Reduction of car parking spaces and provision of new bin store and cycle shelter.
(location is approximate)
Erection of two new private residential blocks comprising 158 student rooms and associated facilities
Planning Application Ref:
Full Planning (Small Major)
Orchard Park CP
Western side of Land Parcel COM 4 Orchard Park, Neal Drive, Cambridge
Erection of two new private residential blocks comprising 158 student rooms and associated facilities
Out for Consultation
Outline application for planning permission with all matters other than access reserved, for the development of up to 50 residential dwellings and a Community Park to provide recreation and leisure facilities, including a community building, and associated works.
Outline planning permission with some matters reserved except for appearance for the redevelopment of the former Gestamp factory site at Bourn Airfield for up to 24,620sqm/265,000sqft GEA of commercial floorspace (B1c light industry and B8 warehouse), associated car parking and service yards, external works and landscaping
Discussion of potential improvements for walking and cycling in Madingley village.
Cambridge Biomedical Campus Transport Needs Review report came out a couple of weeks ago. Whilst some of it is good, I think the cycling stuff is poor in general:
- They look at cyclist safety in the surrounding area but due to the dates and area selected, they claim no fatalities. Ignoring Steve Moir's death is insensitive at best.
- I didn't see any mention of NCR 11 passing through the site which suggests to me they didn't even realise
- A tiny bit about air pollution but the word climate doesn't even appear
- 'The segregated route alongside the CGB' - Do they mean segregated from buses?!
- 'Site observations showed the route alongside the Busway to the west of the site to be particularly well used by pedestrians and cyclists and of high quality'. It's unsafe due to lack of separation from buses and pedestrians, too narrow for numbers and given speed differences over bridge and crosswinds.
- Nothing about the bus stops in mandatory cycle lanes
- Section 5.3.3 - peak counts/hour would be very useful
- 'Site visit observations suggest that cycling infrastructure near to CBC is currently performing well with the current demand' - CGB path is way over capacity at peak times. I don't know about the other routes.
I propose complaining about the standard of the cycling part of the report.
Rather pitiful looking front 'garden' with some things sticking out of the wall supposedly providing eight cycle parking spaces. Note that the photograph included in the D&A statement seems to show 'no cycles' signs plastered on the same wall.
Change of use to a large HMO (sui generis use class) with seven bedrooms serving seven people.
62 Silverwood Close Cambridge CB1 3HA
Application reference : 19/0389/FUL
What appears to be two Sheffield stands in the garden. The spacing is only 70cm. They are uncovered. The exterior door appears to be 90cm.
Erection of a two bed dwelling to the rear following demolition of existing garage.
42 Birdwood Road Cambridge CB1 3SU
Application reference : 19/0379/FUL
Outline Application for the erection of up to 28,000sqm of mixed B1 (a) offices, B1 (b) research and development, B1 (c) light industrial, B2 general industrial, B8 storage and distribution, and A1/A3 amenity cafÃ©, with all matters reserved (Access from Beech Road, Appearance, Landscaping, Layout and Scale)
Land To The West Of Cambridge Research Park, Beach Drive, Landbeach, CB25 9TL
Application reference : S/4615/18/OL
Huawei plans to develop R & D superhub at the 550-acre Spicer's Site in Sawston.
External works including parking reconfiguration and new pedestrian crossing; new shopfront to western elevation; reconfiguration of rear ramped access; creation of three door openings; formation of loading bay; and raised plant deck.
Unit 10 Cambridge Retail Park Newmarket Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8WR
Application reference : 19/0347/FUL
They are proposing to expand the car park by adding 45 car parking spaces along the service road that crosses the Tins.
Transport Statement section 5.2.5 describes a set of measures to create proper visibility splays at the crossing of the Tins and reinforce the give-way markings for drivers. This sounded great...
However, Appendix D several diagrams and some of them show give-way markings being painted on the cycleway in addition to the service road.
In contrast, the existing situation is that the Tins is continuous and the give-way markings are painted on the service road.
This may only be a mistake in some of the diagrams, it does not appear to be mentioned in the text, but we must object that these diagrams show an interruption of the Tins and a degradation of the cycleway.
19/0358/FUL | Car park extension to provide 45no. new parking spaces. | 21-25 Coldhams Business Park Norman Way Cambridge CB1 3LH
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I've visited Riverside to Waterbeach with William Rayner of county cycling team. He's revising signage here and providing it along the St Ives corridor, with the old NCN 51 being renamed Regional Route 24 (blue patch). We've decided finally to continue to sign NCN 11 from Riverside Bridge to Waterbeach Station, and he's looking at suitable (hopefully temporary) wording to advise to follow NCN 51 to Bottisham for destinations beyond Waterbeach, which will hopefully eliminate misrouting those from outside the area.
Our inspection of existing signs showed that only one new signboard was provided on completion 5 years ago of Riverside Bridge. Signboards still send people via Green Dragon. Sustrans considers signage is an important part of any route project.
The intention is to sign Milton Country Park as a destination, not as part of the route, removing route signs within the park, and probably retaining Coles Road as the signed route through the village, though it would be much preferable to have improvements past the shops and the village green, pubs etc.
Retaining the route to Waterbeach as NCN will help keep the gap in people's awareness.
I am planning to contact again the landowner of the missing link between Bottisham Lock and Fen Road, Lode with a suggestion for a low-level route, southeast side of the Bottisham Lode floodbank which is the route of the public footpath, where signs forbid cycling. It might be considered more visually acceptable. All parish councils are for the route, including the one of which he is a member.
There is a campaign for a cycle route between Bar Hill and Cambridge, also connecting Dry Drayton, Madingley and Coton to North-West Cambridge.
Currently cycle provision for these villages is poor. Bar Hill has lower rates of cycling than other villages that are closer to Cambridge.
The campaign site is: http://www.bhddmadcycle.com/
Proposed route along the rail corridor through Cambridge, part of which is in the Cambridge Local Plan.
Our campaign for safer walking and cycling to/from NWCambridge now has a petition and a first video (of five) summarising our position.
See our new video summarising our petition:
I’d be delighted if you could promote this to your networks. Time is of the essence because a Senate House discussion is coming up [3 Nov 2015], and I will report the number of signatures on our petition there. (But signatures after the date will still be useful.)
Anyone is welcome to sign the petition; we ask people to use the Comment field to let us know if they are University Member / University employee / City resident / SouthCambs resident / etc.
For twitter purposes the recommended hashtag is #EddingtonSafety and there is an @EddingtonSafety account too.
Thanks very much
David J C MacKay FRS
Regius Professor of Engineering,
Cambridge University Engineering Department
Girton resident and parent.
Cambridge Cycling Campaign Member
The Reach Fair ride takes place on the early Bank Holiday Monday (May Day) in May.
The web page for it is:
The planning overview is summarised:
I've created this issue to help plan this event.
My employer is planning to relocate from central cambridge to the Cambridge Business Park (near Waterbeach). There is currently no decent cycle (or footpath!) access to this business park which avoids riding along the A10. I am a confident cyclist but I am not looking forward to riding to work along sections of the A10.
Are there any plans for cycle route construction which the campaign can, perhaps, help accelerate?
The A14 is a very hostile, dangerous road for cycling.
Improvements to it, as well as broader changes to the national framework for cyclist crossings of major roads, are needed.
Cherry Hinton Road is currently mainly typical 'blue sign on a pavement' provision, despite having the edge-to-edge width in places for proper cycle provision. A longer-term objective should be to upgrade this.
The County appointed an officer back in June to review parking policy across the County, starting with the City.
Major planning application here - c. 10,000 homes
Vehicles are continually abusing cyclists who use the road here because the bus lane on the other side forces the carriageway to be narrow.
Although there is the cycleway, it has the usual problems of loss of priority at sideroads, bins in the way, people going in and out of driveways, etc.
A Camcycle member is looking at starting a local campaign group with the aim of getting a cycleway to connect the villages of Horningsea and Waterbeach along the B1047.
Please share your ideas and advice for the route here.
The Road between Great Wilbraham and Fulbourn is very well used by Cyclists, runners and walkers throughout the year. It is a single track road with a 60 MPH speed limit. A bicycle path here would encourage more people to cycle to Fulbourn and Cambridge. The path would significantly improve safety for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
There's a very poor dogleg right-angle with barriers at the entrance/exit from the West Cambridge site to Clerk Maxwell Road.
This should be turned into a wide splay with good visibility.
Over the past couple of years of regularly cycling between Waterbeach and Cambridge on NCN11 I have noticed that the path between Waterbeach and Baits Bite Lock is in really bad repair and is getting gradually worse. I have been in touch with the council to ask them to repair it, and they told me that as far as they are concerned the path is only a footpath, and they have no obligation to maintain it to a standard suitable for bikes. Sustrans tells me they have no responsibility for maintaining that section of the route, and that the council should be responsible for it.
It seems absurd to allow the path to fall into total disrepair, but at the moment it doesn't seem like anyone recognises any obligation for its upkeep.
I am happy to go out occasionally with some secateurs and chop off the more annoying bits of greenery, but the path needs resurfacing and that feels a bit beyond me!
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of problem? Have they come across it on other sections of the NCN?
The permeability gate between Hooper Street and Kingston Street is obstructive as it only allows passage in one direction at a time.
Given the ever-increasing amount of cycling in areas like this, it's time to get this replaced with a simple bollard arrangement that would allow two-way passage whilst still enable the emergency services to unlock for access in an emergency.
The Landbeach Parish Council would like the bridgeway from Landbeach to Cambridge to be upgraded to a cycleway.
The railway line from Cambridge to Newmarket turns out across Coldham's Common and right through the middle of Cherry Hinton, and then carries on passing to the north of Fulbourn.
There are currently (2013) two main routes from the east of Cambridge to Cherry Hinton - the Tins and Snakey Path. However both have long very narrow sections involving pedestrian conflict.
The railway line is single track - but satellite images show the bridges crossing Barnwell Road and Coldham's Lane were both built for dual track. So this means there should easily be enough room to accommodate a cycleway alongside the railway.
This route could then connect up with the Chisholm Trail and provide a direct fast cycle route to and from the city and the Science Park area.
Because of queuing for the Grand Arcade car park, amongst other things, the mandatory cycle lane on Pembroke Street and Downing Street is routinely abused by motor vehicles – one every 66 seconds on a Saturday afternoon http://www.cyclestreets.net/galleries/221/.
The corner at Free School Lane is a particular concern because vehicles traveling east can't see oncoming cycles.
At the moment it is possible to cycle from Cambridge Road, near Madingley, to Girton, on a bridleway that crosses over the A428 and then passes under the M11 at the Girton Interchange. You can then cross three roads (A1307) and reach a pavement on the North-East side of the Interchange. Using the pavement you can then reach Washpit Lane and cycle up towards Girton. (The pavement is marked as a shared-use route on the OSM Cycle map, although I am not sure that it really is.)
Apart from having to be careful when crossing the A1307 junction it is a rather pleasant route to ride.
The Girton Interchange is being "improved" to reduce the bottleneck for cars. Does anyone know what plans there are to ensure that the current route through remains open and whether there are plans to improve the bridleway route through? Or will this be another example of roads being developed to the detriment of footpaths/bridleways.
The Cottenham to Histon cycleway needs improvement.
Project Orange is an attempt develop our general strategy during the year 2013.
1) Should Cambridge Go Dutch (or Copenhagenize)
2) A more assertive stance in our interactions with agencies: Demanding of them to make feasible what seems infeasible
3) focus on a regional area 10 miles (15 km) around Cambridge and a dartboard network structure to connect villages,
4) the development of a Bicycle Infrastructure Assessment Tool (BIAC) which will allow us to grade and praise provision
5) Priority over sideroads as part of a Dutch-style approach
5) Development of Visualisation Tools for major projects (Chisholm Trail, Newnham to Newmarket Rd, Mitcham's Corner)
Milton Road, like other main roads in the city, is a mix of typically bad bits of cycle infrastructure. There is considerable scope, possibly within the City Deal funding, to rework the whole streetscape to Dutch standards.
Has there been any improvement in the "new" NCN 11 route from Waterbeach to Lode since last summer? Last time I went that way I had to wheel the bike across fields and carry it over two or three stiles.
Any information, including a forecast date when a proper route is likely to be built, welcome. Thanks.
There are some evil short grey posts on the busway cycleway that are really hard to see in the dark. I have heard of a number of people hitting them with disastrous consequences