This is our response to a planning application for a new secondary school. It may help others up against a similar scheme. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xSVC4pzeBz1uW3ujT9VtKSKjFyp1rk668E4dd4prPtk/edit?usp=sharing
Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Cyclenation:
Proposed installation of parking places for electric vehicles in the De Freville Avenue and Riverside areas, Cambridge. Closing date for comment is 31 January 2022.
One diagram at least shows incursion into the pavement.
Camden proposes to make permanent the trial changes at Oakley Square (north) at the junction with Crowndale Road put in under an ETO in December 2020. (No Entry for motor vehicles from Crowndale Road into Oakley Square – north).
Camden also proposes for the Crowndale Road junction:
- The planters and droppable bollard to be replaced with a new ‘continuous footway’ with a widening of the pavement along Crowndale Road
- The cycle entry gap is to be re-aligned to accommodate the pavement
- A new tree and bench are to be installed alongside the continuous footway
A new bike hangar is to replace a residents’ parking bay outside 50 Oakley Square (north).
Camden also proposes for the junction with Eversholt Street.
21/05431/FUL | First floor side and single storey rear extensions to create two self-contained flats. |
17 Greenlands Cambridge CB2 0QY
21/05578/FUL | Change of use to large 7bed HMO (7 persons) sui generis. Rebuild and extend existing garage to bedroom 7 including changing to pitch roof. First floor rear extension (bedroom 6, previously approved under 20/01261/FUL). |
45 Leete Road Cambridge CB1 9HB
Outline application for the erection of five dwellings
Outline planning application for: up to 50 dwellings; a new vehicle drop-off/pick up point; and access from Peldon Road. All Matters Reserved, except access
See planning application comment at link below. NB this is a good blueprint for any cycle groups looking to comment on new schools. https://www.ensembling.com/273042
21/05549/FUL | Retention of building frontage facade and introduction of a mixed use development comprising basement and ground floor public house and an office/business Use (Class E(g)) to the rear and on the upper floors along with access, cycle parking and associated infrastructure following demolition of existing buildings.
The Emperor 21 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 1NW
21/05362/FUL | Single storey front and side extension and first floor extension to create a 1no 1bed flat above existing detached building at the rear of 6 Kings Hedges Road.
6E Kings Hedges Road Cambridge CB4 2PA
Request for a formal scoping opinion for Hybrid Planning Application comprising Full Planning Permission for c47,280sqm (GEA) of Class E floorspace comprising an office building (One Milton Avenue) and two lab buildings together with ground floor amenity uses, a Mobility Hub comprising of c1031 car parking spaces including c3,742sqm of Class E floorspace at ground floor level, a temporary car park of c379 spaces, a wildlife habitat area, Network Rail compound area, enabling works and associated infrastructure; and Outline Planning Permission for c41,940 sqm (GEA) of Class E floorspace comprising one lab building and one office building, together with ground floor amenity uses, enabling works and associated infrastructure.
Cambridge North Commercial Quarter
21/05042/FUL | Elevational changes to accommodate 7 No. dwellings. | 212-214 Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8JL
Reserved Matters application for third housing phase (known as BDW3) including 210 dwellings with associated internal roads, car parking, landscaping, amenity and public open space. The Reserved Matters include access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale and related partial discharge of conditions 8, 10, 14, 17, 18, 22, 25, 26, 28, 35, 40, 49, 58, 62, 66, and 69 pursuant to outline approval 07/0003/OUT | Darwin Green One BDW3 Development Site Huntingdon Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire
Darwin Green One BDW4
Erection of a new dwelling
Land At Rear Of 1 Priory Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 3QH
The brook conduit has partially collapsed under the road and the shared-use path. It is currently being repaired (after nearly a year) but the contractors have made use of a very interesting "Cyclists dismount and get an escort" sign. A yellow ramp also makes passing on any non-standard cycle a real challenge. Both of these items are really bad practice and actively discriminate against anyone on a non-standard cycle.
Application to determine if prior approval is required for a proposed change of use of agricultural building to dwellinghouse.
Change of Use from Offices to HMO Residential Use
Demolition of existing Print Workshop and development of site to provide a replacement print workshop and 5No. residential units with associated vehicle parking and landscaping.
Change of use from A1 to C3 to create 4 new 1 bedroom apartments. External repair and decoration. Internal Alternations. Additional Windows and relocation of door to rear elevation. ASHP units to roof top.
New Mixed Use Development comprising a convenience store (use Class A1), three flexible use units (Class A1-A5 or Class D1), associated yard and servicing area, parking spaces and landscaping.
New development of 100 homes off the A134 in Horkesley.
Demolition of six retail units part of the Priory Walk Shopping precinct and replacing them with a mixed development of 21 apartments and one retail unit situated on the north side of the junction of Long Wyre Street and Priory Walk.
Demolition of a 1960's, 2 storey commercial building on the corner of 14-16 Long Wyre Street and 1-8 Priory Walk and, replacement with 4 storey new building, providing 18 new homes and one commercial unit at ground floor.
Conversion and remodelling, including partial demolition, of an existing, Class E, building to form a mixed use development of 37 new,Class C3, self-contained homes and a new Gym Space at Ground Floor.
Creating discussion on proposals for Cycleway 9 extension between Brentford and Hounslow town centres.
Hounslow to Brentford walking and cycling changes
We’re proposing to make a series of changes to help people to walk and cycle on Brentford High Street and London Road between Hounslow and Brentford town centres.
We’d like to know your thoughts on our proposals and we are holding a six-week consultation. You can reply by completing our survey, which should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.
If you prefer, you can email your comments to email@example.com or write to us at FREEPOST TFL HAVE YOUR SAY (Walking and cycling changes between Hounslow and Brentford), no stamp needed.
The closing date for comments is 16 February 2022.
Summary of changes
We’ve described the changes in more detail but in summary we are proposing to make the following changes:
Change of use from Sui-Generis (current police station) to residentialcare home (use class C2) Also addition of single front entrance porch/extension
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In Museum Street and Upper Brook Street/Northgate Street it is very dangerous to cycle. Both roads are very narrow, have lots of buses pass through and there are contraflow cycle paths. On those you are very close to the buses (both directions) even if you wait on the pavements to let them through because you are worried about accidents. Can cyclepaths go through Elm Street, Tower Street or Tower Rampart instead?
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There is currently a bit of a conflict between pedestrians and cyclists around Stoke Bridge, between St Peter's Street and Dock Street, where there is the legalised pavement cycling.
To resolve this I would propose removing a lane of traffic (which is only needed for a very short time at peak times, and a small modal shift through improved infrastructure would resolve any congestion issues) and giving that lane to cyclists in a segregated fashion.
There is a fairly good cycle lanes from Kingston towards Richmond up until you reach the Richmond Council border where Richmond Road (A307) turns into the Upper Ham Road (A307) and eventually Petersham Road (A307). At traffic lights along this route there are reserved areas for cyclists but along the roads there is nothing to remind drivers that cyclists share the road especially when the road narrows after Sandy Lane through Petersham. The road surface here is terrible and the speed bumps are pointless because some driver sprint between the bumps.
The best solution would be to remove the cyclists from this route altogether by upgrading the Thames Path to create a proper cycle path along the River Thames towards Richmond that currently stops at Teddington Lock. If a cycle/foot bridge linking Ham with Twickenham was built over Eel Pie along this route it would create an obvious link for those want to reach Twickenham.
The entrance to Dock Street should be turned into a continuous footway with pedestrian and cyclist priority over turning vehicles akin to this Danish junction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcnmLU1ClTo
This would improve sight lines for pedestrians too as the dropped kerbs are away from the junction, and it would also go with the pedestrian desire line as many tend to cross closer to the junction than the dropped kerbs. It would also slow down the vehicles entering the narrow street.
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All the sideroads between Richmond Circus and Manor Circus are a danger to cyclists on the cycleway.
There is no warning to motorists that there will be crossing cyclists and the building angles make it hard to see if anything is coming.
Turning traffic from the A316 can have an obscured view of the cycleway due to foliage.
Decrease corner radii.
Make road hump more pronounced.
Make cycle surface colour continuous across roadway.
Add markings across roadway.
Add warning signage.
Move give way lines back to before cycleway or add additional give way lines.
A dropped kerb at this point would improve the route that people can take to cycle between Bear Flat and the city centre - making it easier to use Calton Gardens to avoid the section of footpath on the alternative via Holloway and St Marks Church.
The service entrance to the motorway services now has priority over the shared use path which runs parallel to the main road.
I have contacted both Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council about this change in priorities, but neither has responded beyond a cursory "we have received your email".
This is yet another example of through traffic being de-prioritised simply because it is on a cycle (or shared) path, rather than on a road.
Improving the connectivity from Bourne Hill over the A14 to Wherestead with dropped kerbs, allowing cycling and signing as a cycle route would be a step in the process to improving cycle access south from Ipswich to various places including Jimmy's Farm (a family leisure venue, which should be cycleable to by a family with young children), Shotley Peninsula, and the land route to Harwich International ferry port for cycling to The Netherlands.
On the eastern approach to Clifton Suspension Bridge the narrow road curves past a pedestrian refuge next to a toilet block. The short cycle lane that had started as approximately 1.2 metres wide narrows to approximately 0.9 metres at the refuge. More than half of the cycle lane at that point is paved with uneven cobbles unsuitable for cycling, especially on a bend. The traffic lane (approx 3.2 metres) is too narrow for a car and a bicycle to pass together. The cycle lane, in effect, is encouraging inexperienced cyclists to adopt a vulnerable road position and to cycle on an unsuitable surface.
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 northern stretch of Bristol's waymarked "Concorde Way" runs along a quiet residential street, Wordsworth Road. On the newest housing development as Bristol gives way to South Gloucestershire there is a barrier between the end of Wordsworth Road and the start of Eighth Avenue to prevent motor vehicles passing through. There is a raised curb, offset railings and large grey concrete bollards and only a narrow passage either side of one bollard for cyclists to ride through. Tricycles, cargo bikes, or trailers might be to be lifted over the raised curb. In dusk or darkness neither the bollards nor the curb are easy to see. There is a light on the traffic sign offering some help, but a less intimidating arrangements or reflective/high-visibility surfaces could be considered.
We've launched the campaign for a major upgrade to the cycle tracks on Tavistock Place/Torrington Place. The campaign is fronted by this video:
This issue provides a forum for discussion by (a) CCC committee and (b) campaign activists. Please create threads as necessary.
Accommodation for 432 students is proposed on land at the rear of the Peugeot Motor Company in Canterbury. This provides an ideal opportunity to link Canterbury Christchurch University's Augustine House Library into Canterbury's cycle network.
Ham Gate Avenue: As you cycle past parked vehicles which narrow the road by almost half you are trapped in a long tunnel. Impatient motorists who want to enter from the other end do so and simply drive at you forcing you practically into the gutter or off the road completely. Would it be ever possible to ban parking on this avenue and limit the speed to 20mph as it is in the park?
Note - there is a shared use segregated track alongside the road here (part of NCN 4) but it is frequently too narrow to cope with the volumes of cyclists and pedestrians; it is overhung with low tree branches and the surface is poor.
Many cyclists won't cycle to Harwich International from the Ipswich direction due to the roads. There really should be a high quality cycle route for this to continue the cycle journey from The Netherlands, where you can ride of the ferry and on to quality cycle infrastructure. The fact people choose the train is not a good sign.
This issue is the overall goal, and needs to be broken down into smaller sub issues of smaller more specific projects or improvements that can work towards this goal.
Starting a thread about this application here so we can continue on from the previous planning list discussion.
Improve the public realm of Old Market
Old Market functions as the primary eastern entrance and maintains one of the most important historical collections of historic buildings in the city. Its unique character, central location and distinct identity make it an ideal place for regeneration. To encourage investment and regeneration, a scheme is proposed which seeks a reworking of the buses to provide stops at the edge of the street along with wider footpaths, cycle facilities and de-cluttering of signage and lining and a higher quality public realm.
Part of the 2013 Bristol City Council LSTF proposals.
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Pinch point outside Courtlands on Sheen Road. Despite resurfacing, pinch point has not been addressed. Because of the poor road layout vehicles frequently encroach into the cycle lane. At off peak times the wide road encourages speeding - vehicles often approach this pinch point at 40mph.
Footbridges at Mortlake railway station should be fitted with troughs to enable cyclists to easily wheel bicycles to the other platform. Cyclists frequently carry bicycles over the footbridge, as per the photo - one going in each direction!
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The path linking Bank Lane to Palewell Fields is currently pedestrian only, with gates across it. Opening this up to cyclists would improve permeability and provide a quiet route to Richmond Park Academy school from Roehampton (east-west); and to Ibstock Place school from Sheen (west-east).
When heading west along Leigham Court Road towards Streatham Hill Station, there is a sign saying no right turn into Mount Nod Road. However, there is a "cycle plug" there, so the no right turn sign should have an "except for cyclists" underneath.
Westbound cycle lane is painted about 2m out from the kerb for no reason; child cyclists tend to follow paint rather than the common sense option which is to cycle next to the kerb.
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Railway footbridge should have a ramp/trough added to make it easier for cyclists to cross the railway. This would then create a quiet north/south route to Marshgate school as an alternative to Manor Road.
If you follow NCN 7/14/70 through Durham from west to east, then after crossing Pennyferry bridge and proceeding south towards Fleshergate you find a no entry sign which adds "Cyclists dismount". There ought to be a contraflow cycle lane on this one way street. Round the corner just further on there is a contraflow lane!
Update, 3rd May 2016.
The road layout has been changed in conjunction with the new office blocks at Freeman's Reach. The road was previously wide enough to be two-way, apart from the problem of the bays for coaches to offload tourists. Now the pavement has been extended to enclose the bays, and the main carriageway is much narrower. What had been ordinary footway further along is now a ramp up to the office doors, with the footway now taking the place of part of the previous carriageway. There is a shared-use sign on the pavement, if you are travelling north, but "cyclists give way to pedestrians" has been added, as though they are aware that the space is not really wide enough. On the reverse of the sign is a "cyclists dismount" sign again, so there is still no means of turning south round the corner to join the short contraflow lane.
By the end of Pennyferry Bridge there is now a little shared use sign indicating that it is permissible to cycle on the new walkway round the river side of the office blocks. Mixing bikes and pedestrians along this route will probably be unpopular.
Heading south west on Upper Maudlin Street, cyclists approaching lights have a narrow cycle lane cum ASL lead-in immediately adjacent to parked vehicles. The risk of dooring is clear. The lane or the parking should be removed.