Cycle route at Cambridge North Station under threat by developers

Brookgate, the same developer behind CB1, is now proposing to wipe out an existing, newly-built safe cycleway over at the new North Station and downgrade it to a dangerous shared path that will lead to collisions and conflict between people walking and cycling. Yet, the council seems poised to grant approval at next week’s Joint Development Control Committee.

The proposed development attempts to jam a building right up against an existing, highly popular cycle route to the new station. Exits from shops and offices would open directly and blindly onto the path. This design will put people in peril of accidents and injuries, and cause inevitable conflict between people walking and cycling.

Many people have objected to this dangerous design, including the County Highways officer, the City Walking and Cycling officer, the City Urban Design officer, the Milton Parish Council and the 27 members of the public who responded to the consultation.

We at Camcycle are disappointed that the planning officer in charge of this case has not taken the valuable input of the public and civil servants to heart and has instead recommended approval. We urge the members of the Joint Development Control Committee next Wednesday the 15th to reject this application on safety grounds. The applicant should be advised to submit a new design that maintains or improves the existing segregated and protected cycleway, having separation of people cycling from people walking, and a safe buffer zone in front of the building. Read our letter to the JDCC.

We encourage members of the public to contact their local councillors to express their views with regard to this disastrous planning application, which is known as S/2403/FL submitted by Brookgate for an office building on land adjacent to Cambridge North Station.

The planning application documents, objections and responses can be viewed on the SouthCambs planning portal by searching the reference number: S/2403/17/FL at: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/content/search-planning-application