Issues

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.

You can create a new issue using the button on the right.

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

  • 18/1625/FUL Rear of 53-55 Wulfstan Way - three dwellings (2x 2BR & 1x 3BR)

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Cycle parking in rear gardens. Rear Recommend that rear door to dwellings be (un)lockable from the outside.

    Plot 1 (3BR) does not have sufficiently sized cycle parking for 3 cycles - only suitable for 2. Should be 2,000mm wide by 2,200mm deep, with a 1,000mm door.

    Access doors to the rear gardens are all substandard, less than 1,000mm, in all three plots. Access doors must be (un)lockable from both sides.

    Excessive car parking spaces for the 2BR dwellings Plots 2 and 3. There are two parking spaces for each. The new Local Plan allows a maximum of 1.5 parking spaces on average.

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    Erection of three dwellings and provision of access.

    Land To Rear Of 53 - 55 Wulfstan Way Cambridge Cambridgeshire

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PGSHBQDX0BH00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1625/FUL

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  • 18/1601/FUL 35-37 Russell St - 7 1BR flats & communal cycle park

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    'car-free' development (except 1 blue badge space)

    4 1BR units targeted at 2 residents and 3 1BR units targeted at a single resident.

    The cycle park in the rear garden is almost large enough to contain 3 Sheffield stands + 1 half-usable Sheffield, for 7 spaces. It appears to measure 3400mm in width internally -- would need about 3750mm to truly fit that arrangement within spec.

    There is a door on the passageway to reach the rear garden, next to the bins, which is only 850mm wide. Needs to be at least 1000mm according to Section 3.8.1.

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    The erection of seven residential flats with associated communal garden space, disabled parking, and cycle store, following the demolition of the existing building on site at 35-37 Russell Street, Cambridge.

    35 - 37 Russell Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1HT

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PGN8AGDXGWQ00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1601/FUL

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  • 18/1518/FUL Abacus House - new cycle shelter & building extension

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Truly one of the stupidest designs I have seen lately.

    12 Sheffield stands spaced at 85cm and jammed between two walls thus ensuring there is no possible way to access the stands.

    There seem to be some existing wheelbenders that could use replacement.

    The (existing) building is still quite short of requirements. With the new extension they will have 32 car parking spaces (maximum is supposed to be 18) and (not really) 38 cycle 'parking' spaces (minimum is supposed to be 60).

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    Three storey front and rear extensions and erection of cycle shelter and replacement plant compound following demolition of existing compound.

    Abacus House Castle Park Cambridge CB3 0AN

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PFRQZ9DXGI900

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1518/FUL

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  • 18/1580/FUL Antarctic Survey - New secure cycle parking area

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Have had informal discussions with staff here - they seem to be set on installing some number of two-tier racks to increase capacity without changing footprint.

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    Installation of solar carports, EV charging points and entrance and exit barriers, resurfacing of the carpark area and erection of cycle store.

    British Antarctic Survey Madingley Road Cambridge CB3 0ET

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PGC1MGDXGRR00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1580/FUL

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  • 18/1553/FUL 1 Maitland Ave - two dwellings, 1BR and 2BR

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Non-compliant bicycle sheds of 2m by 1m design requiring lifting. (vs Diagram 17)

    Rear access far too narrow (85cm v 120cm, compare to section 3.7 'Rear Access') with 90 degree turns (compare to Diagram 7) and door width too narrow (75cm v 100cm, compare to section 3.8 'Door width').

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    Erection of a detatched building containing 1no. 2-bed and 1no. 1-bed duplex apartments, with associated car parking and landscaping.

    1 Maitland Avenue Cambridge CB4 1TA

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PG15XODXGMY00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1553/FUL

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  • Proposed mineral workings threat to Greenways/A10 path near Hauxton/Haslingfield

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    We've received some documentation courtesy of somebody who noticed that in Peterborough planning (for some reason) the Rectory Farm between Haslingfield and Hauxton is being considered for a mineral workings site. This would destroy the existing land, including important bridleways and footpaths, and potentially cut off portions of the Haslingfield Greenway and A10 Greenway paths that are being consulted or plan to be consulted. The proposed works would begin in 2022-2024 and last for 9 years. There would be 50 lorry movements a day at the A10 access point, crossing the A10 cycleway.

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  • 18/1519/S73 Milton Road County Primary School - vary cycle parking

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    It appears that the gist of the change is to move more cycle parking to ground level, however there appears to be several inconsistencies in the numbers & plans, and the new drawings show some non-compliant arrangements.

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    Section 73 application to vary condition 2 (Approved Drawings) of permission ref 16/1966/S73 ( amendment to 14/0052/FUL - proposed mix use development consisting of a sui generis aparthotel (133 Units), 5no. class C3 residential townhouse units, class D2 Community space, underground car parking (80 spaces), and cycle parking (150 spaces)) to allow reduction in building height, increase in basement footprint, additional ventilation, revisions to cycle parking, amendments to fenestration and other minor amendments detailed in accompanying cover letter.

    Milton Road County Primary School Milton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1UZ

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PFRQZJDXGIA00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1519/S73

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  • Yarrow Road

    Created by wookey // 1 thread

    Yarrow Road is getting a cycle route, under the GCP 'quick wins' scheme,

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  • Planning application responders

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    I'm thinking of convening a workshop or possibly simply an informal gathering (possibly at a pub or cafe) to discuss techniques and ideas for responding to planning applications. The timing is right, I think, with the approval of the new Local Plans for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

    All are welcome, whether you already participate or are just interested in getting involved.

    I would like to gauge interest first and then we can pick a suitable time and place.

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  • S/3269/18/FL 436 Science Park - extension to building and cycle park

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Proposed site plan: it looks like they are extending an existing set of wheel-benders by adding more wheel-benders.

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    Extension to the building, extension to an external plant compound, new generator compound, extension to existing cycle parking and new bin enclosure.

    436, Cambridge Science Park, Milton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 0QA

    http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/3269/18/FL

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/3269/18/FL

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  • 18/1397/FUL 38 Ramsden Sq - Extension plus subdivision to form 3 flats.

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Cycle parking provision consists of a plan marked with 'Alcove used for bicycle storage (using a purpose made bike rack)'

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    Erection of an attached building containing 3 dwellings. Single storey rear extension following demolition of existing conservatory and rear box dormer with Juliet balcony to main dwelling. Retrospective subdivision of main dwelling into two flats.

    38 Ramsden Square Cambridge CB4 2BL

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PEHJ2UDXFYF00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1397/FUL

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  • 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).

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    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

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PCSCCYDXMWL00

    Cambridge

    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.

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    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

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PF79SPDX0BI00

    Cambridge

    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

    http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/3440/18/OL

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/3440/18/OL

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  • Vision for Mill Road

    Created by Liz Irvin // 4 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.

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    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

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PEOMLSDXG2B00

    Cambridge

    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.

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    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

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PELE04DXG0G00

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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.

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    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)

    http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/3405/18/RM&theTabNo=3

    S/3405/18/RM

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