There’s never been a better time to get involved in improving the places around us. This month there are lots of opportunities to have your say by responding to consultations on change and growth in the Cambridge region.
From small improvements in Downing Street to the Greater Cambridge Local Plan (dubbed ‘the most important document you’ve (probably) never heard of‘), share your thoughts and help create a thriving and sustainable future for everyone who lives and work in this area.
The Greater Cambridge Local Plan: a conversation on change
Consultation deadline: Monday 24 February 2020, 5pm
The new Greater Cambridge Local Plan will shape how our area changes over the period to 2040, and possibly beyond. It’s a legal document that sets out the future land use and planning policies for the area, identifying the need for new homes and jobs and detailing the services and infrastructure needed to support them. It also guides where growth should happen.
Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are working together to prepare the plan and this consultation is the start of their conversation with the public. We’ll be giving you more information about the Local Plan and some guidance on how to respond in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, do visit the Local Plan’s website and check out their list of drop-in events: the first one is on Saturday 25 January at the Grafton centre.
There are 50 questions in the consultation, but you can respond to as few or as many as you’d like, on the website, via email or post, or face-to-face at a workshop.
Climate Change and Environment Strategy: a sustainable future for Cambridgeshire
Consultation deadline: Friday 31 January
Cambridgeshire County Council is looking at ways to deliver net zero carbon emissions for the the county by 2050 in partnership with its stakeholders and has developed a draft strategy document which looks at ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and enhance and conserve natural resources. Transport accounts for 39% of carbon emissions in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the county’s strategy notes that ‘as managers of the local highways network, how [they] prioritise walking, cycling and public transport ahead of the private car to minimise carbon emissions and improve air quality must be further developed’. We encourage you to submit your ideas via their survey.
The online survey will take about 10 minutes and requires registration on the county’s consultation website. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cambridge South station: improving connectivity
Consultation deadline: Monday 2 March
Network Rail is developing plans for a new station in the vicinity of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and are consulting on three possible locations. The south of the city is undergoing a huge growth in the number of jobs and homes and a new railway station in this area would help tackle congestion in the local area and support the development of sustainable transport in Cambridge. Excellent cycle access to the station and integration with nearby routes including the Shelford DNA path and Busway cycleway are essential; we are considering the options and will be publishing our recommendations soon. Find out more and fill in the online survey on Network Rail’s website.
The online survey takes 5-10 minutes and does not require registration. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com
Madingley Road Cycling and Walking project
Consultation deadline: Monday 2 March, midday
As one of the key routes into Cambridge, Madingley Road suffers frequent congestion. The Greater Cambridge Partnership would like to make the road more attractive for walking and cycling to encourage more people to switch to active travel for some of their journeys along this route. Following pre-consultation workshops, they have published two options for improvements. We strongly support Option 2 on condition that it is revised to give it fully-segregated cycleways and dedicated footways throughout, including at junctions.
Read more on our blog, where we’ve detailed the pros and cons of each approach and our answers to each of the consultation questions. This will help you submit your own response on the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s website.
We estimate that the online survey will take 10-30 minutes, answering the questions while consulting the accompanying consultation leaflet. It does not require registration. If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223 699906.
Downing Street 2020: cycling and walking improvements
Consultation deadline: Wednesday 19 February
The junction of Downing Street and St Andrew’s Street is due to be improved as part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s City Access project. We have long campaigned for improvements to this junction and strongly support the proposals, although we’d like to see additional protection for the contraflow cycle lane to ensure it is kept free of delivery vehicles and safe for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
The online survey consists of one question only, with no registration required.