6. Landscape-led design: connections
Draft Papworth Everard Village Design Guide SPD
Representation ID: 167844
Respondent: Papworth Everard Parish Council
Fig 12 requires the addition of a proposed pedestrian/cycle route from the roundabout at the southern end of the village, southward on the eastern side of the A1198. (Funding is available for a new pedestrian and cycle way along the A1198 between Papworth Everard and Caxton Gibbet, which will be consutrcted under the management of the County Council in due course.)
OBJECT - title of Chapter 8. Propose adding 'Hospital site' to read 'The Papworth
Royal Hospital site'. The hospital has never been known as 'The Papworth Royal',
also the Hospital has now relocated to Cambridge, so the buildings in Papworth
Everard are no longer a hospital, but vey much a 'site'.
Although Chapter 9 on building design refers to Chapter 4, there is a paucity of
information on buildings in Chapter 4.
Paragraph entitled 'Ermine Street' Propose adding to end of paragraph: 'Houses of
the 19th Century in the village centre are of white Gault clay brick and originally had
either plain tile or slate roofs. Early 20th Century houses are either of common or red
brick (southern end of Ermine Street South), or of red brick with a cream painted render
first floor (northern end of Ermine Street North).
Paragraph entitled 'Wood Lane' Propose amending the sentence that begins
'Houses were built as a mix...' as follows: "Houses were built as a mix of singlestorey
pre-fabs (corrugated asbestos sheets) and two-storey semis; the semis
consist of white or cream painted brick (Ridgeway and Baron's Way) red brick
(Wood Lane and Brookfield Road) or of red brick with a cream painted, rendered
first floor (Pendragon Hill). (All but one of the pre-fabs have been replaced with
modern houses during the last 30 years)."
Hayman's Way and Varrier-Jones Change first sentence to read "A large late 20th
Cheere and Hamden Replace first sentence with the following: "Hamden Way
was the first area of private housing built in the village since the arrival of the
Papworth Village Settlement in 1917. It was constructed in the late 1980s and
1990s. Cheere Way and Jubilee Green, closer to Ermine Street, are of the early
21st Century and were built contemporaneously with the new village centre,
predominantly of buff brick."
Fig 12 requires the addition of a proposed pedestrian/cycle route from the
roundabout at the southern end of the village, southward on the eastern side of the
(Funding is available for a new pedestrian and cycle way along the A1198 between
Papworth Everard and Caxton Gibbet, which will be constructed under the
management of the County Council in due course).
You may wish to amend 'needles' to read 'thorns'
Change title of Chapter to read: 'The Royal Papworth Hospital site'
Fig 15: Change title to read: Design principles for the Royal Papworth Hospital site'.
Fig 15: Should '(NTS)' read '(NHS)'?
In the penultimate line of the first column of text on page 20 you may wish to
consider amending 'leisures' to read 'leisure'.
First two paragraphs
The first paragraph in bold type gives no firm advice and by putting "Materials vary
quite widely across the village..." in a primary position will give developers and their
designers the impression that any materials could be successfully introduced into
The parish council proposes moving the current second paragraph (starting "Ermine
Street and...") to the start of the text, as it gives a positive message and contains
guidance. And we propose demoting the current opening paragraph to second place.
The parish council very much supports the guidance contained in paragraph 9.1.
The road name 'Chapel Lane' in the current second paragraph and in paragraph 9.3 is incorrect and should be amended to read: 'Church Lane'.
Fig 21 Caption
All the original wards and other buildings at Papworth Hospital were constructed of
brick. Therefore, the parish council does not understand why the wording "unusual in
this context for their use"... of red brick. We suggest the words quoted here are
wording quoted here is deleted. If a contrast is being made between the red brick of
the original buildings and the modern materials used on buildings of more recent
construction, this should be made clear.
Draft Papworth Everard Village Design Guide SPD
Representation ID: 167845
Respondent: British Horse Society
The Papworth Everard VDG does not at any point mention provision for equestrians, which is unacceptable. It does not mention the inclusion of improving links from the village into the local landscape and public rights of way (PROW). The representation includes suggestions for upgrades of new routes to benefit all non-motorised users.
This response is based solely on the VDG. There are numerous, well documented reasons why equestrian access should be included in protecting and improving access including impact on the rural economy, public money should benefit all users, health and wellbeing, local and national Planning Policies. Should the Parish Council require further details or information, the British Horse Society would be pleased to answer questions or make a presentation with a view to working with
the PC to improve countryside access.
The Papworth Everard VDG does not at any point mention provision for equestrians, which is unacceptable. It does not mention the inclusion of improving links from the village into the local landscape and public rights of way (PROW). It would be nice to maintain and enhance the 'green fingers' which connect the village interior to the landscape.
The Parish of Papworth Everard has very few Public Rights of Way (PROW). In fact there only seems to be five, and only one of these is a Bridleway (no. 180/5). The Bridleway, that does exist, runs alongside the A1198, and starts and finishes on a busy main road, with no connections to other PROW. As a result, the bridleway is unlikely to be as well used by horse riders as it could be. As part of any future planning in Papworth Everard and in the creation of a 'wish list', it would be essential
to put in a horse‐friendly crossing at both ends of the bridleway. Such crossing would also benefit cyclists and pedestrians. It appears that Papworth Everard is almost isolated in a lovely rural area, with very few off road links to other villages. We would like to see the creation of multi user links to other communities.
A solution would be to upgrade some of the local Footpaths for instance no. 180/3, which runs from Papworth Everard towards Elsworth. This would provide a very useful off‐road link for horse riders and cyclists and help to address the lack of off‐road routes from Papworth Everard. However this route does cross a road, and also a sluice via a bridge which may need upgrading to make it suitable for horse riders and cyclists.
Footpath no. 180/4 if upgraded to a Bridleway would link up with FP 180/3 and would provide a good circular route with very little roadwork. Both these routes could also link to Bridleway 180/3 and make this a more useful route.
The other suggestion is to upgrade the National Pathfinder Trail through the village, so that it is also suitable for horse riders and cyclists. If this were in conjunction with the upgrade of Footpath no. 180/1 and 180/4, a lovely multi user route through the village could be created, albeit some of the route would be on minor roads. The route would need safe crossings for all users, including horse riders and suitable traffic calming along the road route. This could also link up to the other end of
the Bridleway 180/5 providing another circular route; again suitable, safe road crossings for all users would be needed.
Finally the creation of a safe off‐road route for all Non Motorised Users (NMU) from the South end of Bridleway 180/5, next to the High Street towards Yelling, would provide a link to Yelling, and then on to Eltisley.
The upgrade of these footpaths to bridleways would enable better, safer, off‐road connections to neighbouring villages such as Elsworth and Yelling for horse riders and cyclists making the paths available to a wider range of users.
Any future development proposals should include this 'wish list'.
Cambridgeshire County Council has a Local Transport Policy (LTP), which sets out their transport objectives, policies and strategy for the county. A sister document of the LTP is the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP). The County Council updated its ROWIP in 2016 in line with the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. You may wish to consult this document when drafting policies dealing with Non‐Motorised Users (NMU) and the Public Rights of Way network.
Particular interest should be given to Policies S0A1 'Making the Countryside More Accessible', S0A2 'A Safer Activity', S0A3 '57,000 New homes', S0A4 'Knowing what's out there', S0A5 'Filling in the Gaps', and S0A8 'A Better Countryside Environment' - all of which include the need for access for access for equestrians.