Help shape the new community at Bourn Airfield

The Bourn Airfield will be the site of a new village with 3,500 dwellings. Will it repeat the mistakes of the past and become as car-dominated as its neighbour Cambourne, or could it enable much higher walking, cycling and public transport use? This is an opportunity to help make the future better for a new community.

Please respond either using the online consultation system or downloading and filling out the PDF form from the website and emailing it to planningpolicy@scambs.gov.uk. The deadline for responses is 5pm on Monday 29 July.

Image from the Bourn Airfield Spatial Framework Plan (Greater Cambridge Shared Planning)

Key points include:

Chapter 4, the Spatial Framework Plan

We observe that the primary street goes through the centre of the development, bringing air pollution and road danger into the heart of the community. We are asking for the primary street to be moved to the northern fringe of the site. Internally, the site should have a well-connected network of footways and cycleways, as well as a system of quiet, access-only streets for motor traffic.

Chapter 5 (Section 1), Principle 1B

We believe that the design of new buildings should incorporate cycle parking laid out to the design standards specified by a Cycle Parking Guide SPD, either one from South Cambridgeshire District Council (when it is finally published) or Cambridge City Council (until then).

Chapter 5 (Section 1), Principle 1D

We believe that streets should incorporate planted verges adjacent to the carriageway, especially streets with driveways, in order to increase livability and allow room for dropped kerbs and street furniture while ensuring that footways and/or cycleways can be built unobstructed and without adverse camber.

Chapter 5 (Section 1), Fix A

We believe that all the road junctions of the site need to incorporate safe and convenient walking and cycling routes. We oppose putting the primary street through the village centre because it will result in a car-dominated and polluted village centre.

Chapter 5 (Section 1), Fix B

Cycle routes should have a separate, dedicated footway, must be continuous with priority over side-roads, and should be designed to high-quality standards such as those found in the textbook ‘Designing for Cycle Traffic’ by John Parkin. All routes must be fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Chapter 5 (Section 4), Principle 4C

We believe that in order to foster safe routes for children, schools, parks and the village centre should all be designed in such a way that they can be reached using off-street or quiet-street-only walking and cycle routes suitable for children from every dwelling.