North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019
Representation ID: 33138
Respondent: Marina Bush
Hold developers to account for decent S106 and stop letting them 'renegotiate' because they suddenly decide the development is not financially viable
In principle, I support this proposal, but I only support proposal if there is a higher proportion of social/council rent level and affordable (this definition needs re-defining at a national level) housing to ease the local housing waiting list.
We do not need another 'commuter community' where the properties are occupied by those commuting to London to work and who contribute nothing to the local economy and block accommodation from those in need locally.
More consideration needs to be given to the reality of car use- not the fantasy that planners have that all will use public transport or cycle. We need a decent public transport system - currently it is expensive, unreliable and not frequent enough. If Milton Rd is to be the main road, it needs redeveloping. Sort out the traffic light sequencing- it's ridiculous.
Hold developers to account for decent S106 and stop letting them 'renegotiate' because they suddenly decide the development is not financially viable.
This proposal must have community amenities (Orchard Park and Cambourne failed) such as community centres' schools, GP, pharmacy, café/social area, lots of small neighbourhood parks; early in the development, not several years later when the developer wants to.
Overall design/layout needs to facilitate interaction if a sense of community is to be achieved. Provide some structured activities/space and leave space opportunities for first arriving residents to create their own and contribute to the identity of the place. Get a community worker in early on to help with this. Doing so will save problems developing later. Development should be led by community's needs and interests, not the developers.