This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

Issues always relate to some geographical location, whether very local or perhaps city-wide.

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Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Cambridge Cycling Campaign:

  • 18/1245/FUL 156-160 Chesterton Road - 32x studio & 14x 1BR serviced apartments

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    The applicant very strongly claims that there are 81 residential cycle parking spaces (including in a follow-up email to the case officer to correct some errors in the application) and 5 visitor spaces.

    Revised Planning Statement: "Communal residents’ cycle store (81 spaces) in basement at both the Chesterton Road end of the site (59 spaces) and the Sandy Lane end of the site (22 spaces)"

    I can only count 46 residential cycle parking spaces in the diagrams, split between 24 spaces in the Block A (front) basement and the Block B (rear) ground floor. ALL of the cycle parking spaces, including visitor, are of the non-compliant 'wheel bender' variety. The Block B does not even have an access aisle for the wheel benders.

    The Block A basement cycle park is accessible through either the rear car lift or the regular building lift in the front. Both appear to be large enough, however I would want to see a planning condition to ensure that both lifts are always available for use by people with cycles (to prevent any officious 'health and safety' concerns from killing the access).


    Proposed serviced apartments (sui generis) comprising 32 x studio and 14 x 1 bed units together with hard and soft landscaping, an external garden room, cycle and refuse stores, basement car parking spaces and visitor cycle parking

    Former Hamilton Lodge Hotel 156 - 160 Chesterton Road And Land Rear Of 162 Chesterton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire


    Application reference : 18/1245/FUL

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  • 18/1470/FUL Ventress Close - 12 affordable flats and 3 affordable houses

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    15 affordable dwelling units providing 26 bedrooms, with 26 cycle parking spaces, and 17 car parking spaces.

    Block A cycle parking (2 areas) has some substandard dimensions:

    * detached area (8 spaces) has a substandard door less than 90cm

    * integral area (9 spaces) has door positioned badly such that the first cycle parking space may occlude over 30cm of the entry, and there is a 90cm pinch point along the aisle

    There are also 3 detached houses with 'garden sheds' for cycle parking:

    * access to the gardens is through substandard 90cm doors

    * insufficient detail is shown about the sheds to determine their layout, except that they appear to be about 200cm by 250cm in width and length, which should be OK and details can be secured through condition, although the shed doors may also be 90cm, which is substandard.


    Demolition of existing flats and erection of 12no affordable apartments and 3no affordable dwellings with associated access, car parking and landscaping.

    9-10A Ventress Close Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 8QX


    Application reference : 18/1470/FUL

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  • Camcycle quarterly magazine

    Created by Anna Williams – Comms Officer // 5 threads

    From its humble beginnings as a four-page black and white newsletter to the current award-winning magazine full of colour photos, the bi-monthly Camcycle publication has been a key campaigning tool over the last 23 years and 140 issues.

    To continue and build on this success, the magazine will be changing to a quarterly publication from December 2018 and published seasonally in Spring (March), Summer (June), Autumn (September) and Winter (December). The format will expand in terms of the number of pages so that, overall, there is no loss of coverage. Additional email newsletter and local campaign newssheets will be produced where additional, time-critical communications are needed.

    The aims of the new magazine are to:
    – Continue to provide an update to our members and supporters on Camcycle's recent work and campaigns
    – Continue to cover all aspects of cycling from planning application to personal stories and build on this foundation to make sure we are giving a voice to people of all ages and backgrounds
    – Continue to strike the balance between a professional-looking magazine with a grassroots feel
    – Proactively set the agenda for decision-makers, clearly communicating our vision through in-depth features on aspects of our policy and manifesto
    – Develop and showcase our work with local partners including businesses and organisations who support our charity's aims and/or provide examples of best practice in working for more, better and safer cycling in and around Cambridge
    – Drive forward bold and successful campaigns for cycling, providing all who read the magazine with clear calls to action so that they can get involved and amplify our voice
    – Provide rewarding and sustainable roles to volunteers; attracting new members to the team and recognising long-term contributors.
    – Appeal to non-members of Camcycle and even non-cyclists; taking them on the journey from awareness to action. Join. Donate. Volunteer. Share our vision. Support our work and help create a vibrant and people-friendly city.

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  • Tea wagon opposite Cambridge North station - dangerous obstruction

    Created by David Green // 1 thread

    I cycle commute to the Science Park every day, riding Northbound on new cycle path past Cambridge North station. Over the past few weeks I've noticed a mobile tea wagon set up on the grass beside the new cycle/foot path directly opposite the station. I have no idea whether this has been sanctioned by the station authorities, or is just a trader using his initiative.

    I'm concerned that the position of this mobile wagon is making my commute less safe:

    - location obscures the view for cyclists as they ride towards the station. Location is on a curve in the path and it obstructs the otherwise clear view in both directions for cyclists, obstructing the view of cycle traffic approaching from opposite direction.

    - location restricts the path width, particularly when pedestrians are buying refreshment. There are a couple of 'bar stools' set up and the wagon itself encourages pedestrians to cross the a busy cycle path.

    - the fold-up roof of the wagon protrudes out over the path. It is a thin flat roof hard to see even in daylight. (As mornings get darker it will be invisible.). Tall cyclists, or any cyclists standing up on the pedals, could easily collide with this roof. There is a danger of serious injury/decapitation.

    Last week I stopped and politely mentioned these matters to the owner. I have asked him to instead set up in the wide lay-by 50 m further up the path but he has not moved yet.

    The roadway has double yellow lines. I believe this means that Please note that yellow lines apply from the centre of the road to the edge of the highway. This means that you cannot park on the pavement or verge either.

    Does the CCyC have any contacts at Cambridge North station who we can take this up with on safety grounds? If not, how can we get this waggon moved? It is only a matter of time that a Science Park cycle commuter has a serious accident here.

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  • S/3440/18/OL Bourn airfield - outline app for 3,500 homes

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Outline planning permission for a new mixed use village comprising residential development of approximately 3,500 dwellings; mixed uses comprising employment, retail, hotel, leisure, residential institutions; education, community facilities, open space including parks, ecological areas and woodlands, landscaping; engineering for foul and sustainable urban drainage systems; footpaths, cycle ways, public transport infrastructure; highways including a principal eastern access from the roundabout on St Neots Road and western access with Broadway including first section of strategic public transport route; associated infrastructure, groundworks and demolition; with all matters reserved except for the principal highway junctions from the St Neots Road roundabout and onto Broadway with some matters reserved except for access. This application is subject to an Environmental impact assessment.

    Bourn Airfield, St Neots Road, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TQ

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/3440/18/OL

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  • Vision for Mill Road

    Created by Liz Irvin // 6 threads

    In a recent newsletter edition, CamCycle presented a vision for Mill Road with reduced through traffic, allowing more room for cycling, pedestrians, buses and 'people parking'. Now that this vision has been presented, we would like to organise two public consultation sessions to get the views of people who live, work and travel in the area. The plan is to hold one session of each side of the bridge so we cover Petersfield and Romsey.

    The Petersfield event will be held at St Barnabas church on Tuesday, October 16 from 4-7pm (to capture the after school, after work crowd). The Romsey event will be held at St Philips church hopefully the following week, but I am yet to confirm a date.

    It would be great to get some input into these events, as I am new to the area so getting some historical/planning background would help. And if anyone would like to help with organising them that would be great as well. We're planning on printing off big maps of Mill Road and having them spread out for people to draw and write on. We will also have stickers for people to add to points they agree with.

    It would be great if we could have an online method of contributing as well, as I know sometimes turning up in person isn't possible. I think an interactive map that people can add comments to and then other people can 'like' would be a good way to do this. So if anyone has ideas about building something like this, that would be very useful.

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  • 18/1427/FUL 51-53 Elizabeth Way - 12 flats

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Still has high low stands as applicant indicated in prior correspondence.


    Demolition of 51-55 Elizabeth Way and construction of a new three storey block of flats comprising twelve apartments, associated amenity space and cycle parking provision (Resubmission of application 18/0532/FUL)

    51-55 Elizabeth Way Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1DB


    Application reference : 18/1427/FUL

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  • 18/1414/FUL Colville Road - demo garages & build 3 affordable units

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    3x 2BR semi-detached houses.

    Cycle parking provided by 'sheds', unclear on detail, except that they appear to be 1.5m by 2.1m in dimension.

    Access to plot 1 is open, access to plot 2 garden is via a 0.8cm gate, and access to plot 3 garden is via an 0.7m gate and 0.7m corridor of 8.5m length.

    6 car parking spaces, which exceeds the limit.

    The driveway narrows to 3.5m for a significant length, although they claim to have discussed this with Highways already.

    3 houses on Drayton Close have their rear gardens abutting this site and apparently gain access to their rear gardens through it. There is proposed laneway access to maintain that, at 1m width. This may pose an issue for the people living in those 3 houses.


    18/1414/FUL | Demolition of garages and erection of 3no. affordable dwellings, partial widening of access and associated works | Colville Road Garages Colville Road Cambridge CB1 9EH

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  • S/3405/18/RM Northstowe Parcels H5 & H6 - 240 new dwellings

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Just a quick look over reveals some serious problems.

    Planning Statement Section 2.3 - 'main' cycle/pedestrian route is somewhat indirect and appears to run within the blind-spot of several driveways.

    Planning Statement Section 4.4 - a litany of how NOT to design cycle parking.

    Layout - missing pedestrian crossings at several minor junctions - although there also appear to be some continuous footways at others, curiously enough.


    Approval of reserved matters for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale following Outline planning permission S/0388/12/OL for the erection of 240 dwellings along with garages, roads, sewers and all ancillary, the outline application was subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)


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  • 18/1355/FUL Change of use to Student Accommodation. Hillcross Bells School

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Change of use from Office (B1(a)) to Student Accommodation (C2) with associated works.

    Hillcross Bells School Red Cross Lane Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 0QU


    Application reference : 18/1355/FUL

    Space for 20 students to stay there buy only 'up to 11' cycle parking spaces provided.

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  • 18/1365/B1C3: Change of use 6x1-bed units. 23 Tenison Road

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    18/1365/B1C3 | Prior Approval notification of proposed change of use from B1(a)(Office) to Class C3 (dwellinghouses) to create 6no. 1xbedroom units. | 23 Tenison Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 2DG

    No cycle parking shown in drawings

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  • 14/0470/COND3: Cycle Parking - 73 Bridewell Road Cambridge

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Applicant has failed to provide adequate information about their cycle parking. I'm concerned this will be passed as there is *still* no cycling officer to review the application.

    Condition 3 - Cycle Parking

    73 Bridewell Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 9EN


    Application reference : 14/0470/COND3

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  • S/3043/18/OL 60 Station Road, Histon - 2x 3-bed houses

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    D&A mentions there is space for cycle parking but the site layout doesn't show it.


    Application for outline planning permission for residential development of 2 no. 3 bed room houses with all matters reserved apart from appearance, landscaping, layout and scale.

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  • 18/1339/FUL 99 Hills Rd - Erection of a detatched one bed dwelling.

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Detached rear garden flat. Cycle parking vaguely specified to be in a corridor next to the building. Shows 1 car parking space for the new flat and 2 car parking spaces next to the new flat that are unclear in use. Also claims that the front garden will be used for car parking, which has attracted the attention of Highways noting that there is no existing permission for an access onto Hills Road, and they would oppose any that required reversing onto Hills Road.

    (note: the houses on this stretch of Hills Road almost all appear to have this form of illegal front garden parking, sigh)


    Erection of a detatched one bed dwelling.

    99 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 1PG


    Application reference : 18/1339/FUL

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  • 18/1372/CAP18 Alterations to railway property under Mill Road bridge

    Created by Matthew // 2 threads

    Application for Prior Approval under Part 18 for construction of new gated east side stairway from Mill Road to provide access to train drivers walkway, including alterations to arches 5 and 6 to facilitate new sidings, walkway and passive provision for Chisholm Trail.

    Mill Road Bridge Mill Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire


    Application reference : 18/1372/CAP18

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  • 18/1300/FUL 51 Akeman St - Change to large HMO with 5 bedrooms serving 7 people.

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    D&A features photo of wheelbenders serving as 'cycle parking' for proposed HMO.


    Change of use of the building into a large HMO (Sui Generis use class) with 5 bedrooms serving 7 people.

    51 Akeman Street Cambridge CB4 3HE


    Application reference : 18/1300/FUL

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  • 18/1244/FUL 15 Coleridge Road back garden - Two bed flat

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Uncovered cycle parking in garden.


    Provision of 1x two bed, two storey dwelling to the rear of no.15, with associated bin and bike stores and rear amenity area.

    15 Coleridge Road Cambridge CB1 3PH


    Application reference : 18/1244/FUL

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  • 18/1195/REM Eddington - 186 residential units in 'cycle friendly building'

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Transport statement:

    4.7 At surface level, a total of 54 covered cycle parking spaces, including 6 off-gauge spaces for trailers, for use by residents are provided in three locations adjacent to Blocks B, C and D.
    Additionally, 50 visitor spaces will be provided in various locations adjacent to Turing Way.

    4.8 A dedicated cycle lane along the access ramp will provide direct access to the basement level cycle parking facilities. A total of 244 cycle parking spaces for residents will be provided within the basement alongside with 14 off-gauge spaces.

    4.9 The total of 348 cycle parking spaces for residents and provision for visitor parking is
    significantly over the standards outlined in the North West Cambridge AAP.

    4.10 Apartments are also sized to incorporate cycle storage over and above those specific facilities provided at the ground floor and basement levels and provide storage space for an additional 195 cycles. Within the building, design features such as widened corridors and relaxed corners will facilitate use of the cycle storage within apartments.

    4.11 The lifts from the basement level to each floors for the apartments will be dimensioned at 1.85 metres by 1.4 metres to accommodate cycles. Cycle washing facilities will also be provided within the basement.

    4.15 A total of 187 car parking spaces are proposed for the use of future residents.

    Initial thoughts:

    Interesting effort and the developers gave a presentation for some of us a while back, at NW Cambridge site.

    The row of diagonal cycle parking in the basement is flawed: they got the spacing right but forgot to account correctly for the length of cycles, which will stick out into the swept path of cars parking.

    It's unclear how the car ramp to the basement will be controlled, since it is a single lane wide, which means that drivers will need to be held at a red signal in the circulation lane. Meanwhile people cycling can flow up and down the ramp (haven't measured width yet) but would be crossing over the car lane. Also have not yet found the slope of the ramp, though it looks fairly long.

    The dimensions of the lift at 1.85m long and 1.4m wide may accommodate a traditional bicycle (just barely, in terms of length). Unlikely to accommodate a larger cycle, which can be assumed to be up to 1.2m in width and 2-2.3m in length for a cargo cycle (2.8m in length for a bike with a trailer), according to IAN 195/16.

    I think the car parking is excessive for what is supposed to be a 'sustainable neighbourhood' with cycleways, and this is the closest building to the Park & Ride as well, enjoying easy access to both the U and P&R buses. Note: this building is market apartments, so it is probably fair to assume somewhat higher car ownership rates than the University student and staff buildings, but 1:1 is excessive.


    Reserved Matters application pursuant to application 13/1402/S73 for construction of 186 residential units, access road, cycle parking, car parking, landscaping, utilities and associated ancillary structures.

    Lot S3 North West Development Site Madingley Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire


    Application reference : 18/1195/REM

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