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:

  • Stapleford to Sawston cycleway

    Created by Jon Warbrick // 1 thread

    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.

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  • S/0874/19/FL Unit 330 Science Park - front extension and new cycle park

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    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)

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  • S/3983/18/FL - 158 student rooms. Neal Drive, Orchard Park

    Erection of two new private residential blocks comprising 158 student rooms and associated facilities

    Planning Application Ref:


    Registration Date:


    Decision Date:

    Application Type:

    Full Planning (Small Major)

    Determination Extension:



    Orchard Park CP

    Main Location:

    Western side of Land Parcel COM 4 Orchard Park, Neal Drive, Cambridge

    Full Description:

    Erection of two new private residential blocks comprising 158 student rooms and associated facilities


    Out for Consultation

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  • S/1312/19/OL Milton Road Impington - 50 residential dwellings & community park

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    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.

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  • S/1031/19/OL Bourn Airfield - 24,620sqm of light industry

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    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

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  • Cambridge Biomedical Campus Transport Needs Review

    Created by Sam Webster // 1 thread

    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:

    1. 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.
    2. I didn't see any mention of NCR 11 passing through the site which suggests to me they didn't even realise
    3. A tiny bit about air pollution but the word climate doesn't even appear
    4. 'The segregated route alongside the CGB' - Do they mean segregated from buses?!
    5. '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.
    6. Nothing about the bus stops in mandatory cycle lanes
    7. Section 5.3.3 - peak counts/hour would be very useful
    8. '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.

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  • 19/0389/FUL 62 Silverwood Close - change to 7 bedroom HMO

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    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

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  • 19/0379/FUL 42 Birdwood Road - 2 bedroom dwelling

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    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

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  • S/4615/18/OL 28,000sqm office and R&D space

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

    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 café, 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

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/4615/18/OL

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  • 19/0347/FUL Parking reconfiguration & pedestrian crossing. Newmarket Road

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

    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

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  • 19/0358/FUL David Lloyd Leisure - car park expansion, modification to the Tins

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    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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  • B1049/The Green Histon roadworks 8 April

    Created by Jonathan Gough // 1 thread

    I've read that there are to be roadworks on the B1049 in Histon at the Green, which means temporary traffic lights and the closure of the end of Impington Lane.  I can't find many details but the local HisImp News paper says it is starting 8th April for 8 weeks.

    I'm concerned about cycle & pedestrian access to Impington Lane from the B1049 during this period and whether access will have been fully considered.  Turning onto Impington Lane coming from the South normally quite dangerous as the road is narrow (hopefully to be improved by the works!)

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  • 'Barnwell Gate' planning application 19/0340/FUL 154 student rooms, Newmarket Rd

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    Erection of student accommodation with 154 student rooms (following demolition of existing buildings). Together with ancillary accommodation comprising common/study rooms, laundry room, management office, plant room, bin and bicycle enclosures, landscaping and associated infrastructure including a Sub-Station.

    John Banks Honda 444 Newmarket Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8JL

    Cambridge Application reference: 19/0340/FUL

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  • Difficult crossing on Airport Way (near the school)

    Created by Jacob Bramley // 1 thread

    This appears to be a busy crossing, and is used by parents and children heading to and from the school, both by cycle and on foot.

    The chicane barriers make it difficult to cross here with a standard bicycle, let alone a cargo bike or trailer. The cross-hatched area is much more practical to use than the island, but leaves users exposed on a fast road, especially considering that primary-school children are likely to be using this facility.

    On the western side, there is nowhere to wait to cross, so riders with large cycles an trailers have to block the path for other users whilst they wait to cross.

    This is outside the area of the Cherry Hinton North development, but both motor and cycle traffic through here is likely to increase when that is completed, so it is somewhat related.

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  • Difficult crossing at airport way roundabout

    Created by Jacob Bramley // 1 thread

    There are better-than-average cycle paths either side of this junction, but actually crossing at this point is very difficult because there is a near-constant stream of vehicular traffic leaving the roundabout to head into town.

    Alternative routes (avoiding this crossing) involve lengthy detours.

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  • 19/0288/FUL Former Ridgeons Cromwell Road - 295 dwellings

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Erection of 295 dwellings including 40% affordable housing; a nursery and community facility (D1), access, car and cycle parking, including basement car park, play equipment and landscaping, substation and associated works. Development Land At 75 Cromwell Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire Cambridge Application reference : 19/0288/FUL

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  • #camcyclequest - a treasure hunt by bike for the 2019 Festival of Cycling

    Created by David Earl // 1 thread

    We are planning a treasure hunt for the 2019 Cambridge Festival of Cycling in September.

    The idea is to produce a pocket-size, attractively-produced booklet with a suggested route and clues to solve, items to collect and so on, which will be sold for a modest price. There would be a prize.

    This topic is a place to discuss ideas for this. I (David Earl) will be taking the lead in getting this together. Roxanne and Anna are seeking funding partners.

    If you'd like to help, please say so in the thread.

    Just one thing though - please don't put clue suggestions or answers here! If you do chances are people taking part will have read them, which rather spoils the fun.

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  • Loss of cycle parking at Trumpington Park and Ride

    Created by Jon Warbrick // 1 thread

    I realise I'm late to the party, but I see that contractors have started removing a line of 50 Sheffield stands at Trumpington Park and Ride ahead of creating more parking spaces. These stands, and all the others on the site, were heavily used. As far as I can see they have as yet made no provision for replacing the lost parking capacity of 100+ bikes.

    Worse, as far as I can see from the drawings I've been able to find, they plan to replace these and an existing covered stand with about 40 covered Sheffield stands.

    If anyone knows where I can find definitive drawings of what's proposed could you point me at them?

    All rather depressing...

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  • Meadows Centre and Buchan Street consultation

    Created by Anna Williams – Comms Officer // 1 thread

    It is proposed that a new Community Hub is built on the site of the Meadows.

    This will replace both the current Meadows Community Centre and Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre, with the new facility integrating priority community groups and activities into this one new community space. In addition to the new Community Hub, the scheme will deliver approximately 100 affordable homes in total across the two sites in order to assist with the delivery of 500 new affordable homes across the city.

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