North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Representation ID: 33002

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Mrs Sylvie Baird

Representation Summary:

Greater consideration needs to be given to accessing education, within this proposed development, so the children from this new community can walk to their local primary and secondary school(s), in line with the proposed 0 carbon development and vision for a community with its own strong identity.

Full text:

I am supportive of the vision overall, however, it seems not enough consideration is being given to the development of schools to serve this community.

The proposal states plans will seek to minimise car use, which I would certainly support, however, how will children and families travel to school - and which schools will they attend?

Published school capacity data indicates a shortfall of school spaces within the next 5 years - and this does not take account of development at NEC. If the neighbourhood is to be walkable and have its own sense of identity and community, this will mean new primary schools and a secondary school would need to be planned and built, which the children and their families can walk to safely. Accessing nearby schools is unlikely to foster the same level of community identity; the available data suggests there will be a shortage of capacity in nearby schools even without this development - and consideration would need to be given to improve pubic transport links to existing schools for children and families if the idea is to reduce car use. Traveling to nearby schools would not be in line with the proposed vision of a carbon free development and would miss an opportunity for a development with the strong bonds and links created with children attending their local school.