North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 18: Which of the following options would best improve connectivity across Milton Road between Cambridge North Station and Cambridge Science Park?

Representation ID: 33712

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Option A - support in principle but question the practicalities of 'green bridges' and the associated cost and impact on the viability of the overall development area.

Option B - prohibitively expensive, and creates a lot of difficult engineering challenges to overcome.

Option C - Fully support this. There are opportunities to significantly alter and rationalise the existing signalised junctions on Milton Road and rebalance pedestrian and cyclist priority through targeted interventions.

Option D - Fully support this. There are opportunities to significantly alter and rationalise the existing signalised junctions on Milton Road and rebalance pedestrian and cyclist priority through targeted interventions.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 20: Do you agree with proposals to include low levels of parking as part of creating a sustainable new city district focusing on non-car transport?

Representation ID: 33713

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Support low car parking proposals for the whole of the NEC site. This is essential for the successful delivery of a sustainable district. These low car parking principles should be applied across the whole of the NEC, including the existing science parks which have very high car parking provision and not surprisingly high car usage at present. A consistent car parking approach is required across all land-uses supported by a range of sustainable infrastructure improvements to enhance access by other modes.

Support

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 21a: In order to minimise the number of private motor vehicles using Milton Road, should Cambridge Science Park as well as other existing employment areas in this area have a reduction in car

Representation ID: 33714

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Yes. The fundamental reason why the existing area has a very low uptake in non-car modes is the historic high provision of car parking across the NEC. This is a legacy of earlier developments in other times. Although there are very good public transport links, including a main line railway station, and cycle and walking infrastructure to these existing employment areas, there is little incentive to use modes of transport other than the car due to the abundance of car parking and the proximity of the strategic highway network, also the immediate environment around the station is not welcoming This needs to be addressed to provide a balance and sustainable transport strategy for the NEC area as a whole.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 21b: Should this be extended to introduce the idea of a reduction with a more equitable distribution of car parking across both parts of the AAP area?

Representation ID: 33715

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Yes essential.

Support

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 22: Should the AAP require innovative measures to address management of servicing and deliveries, such as consolidated deliveries and delivery/collection hubs?

Representation ID: 33716

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

The AAP must embrace new technologies and new ways of managing places. Yes, support the centralisation of refuse collection for example.

Support

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 23: Should development within the North East Cambridge area use car barns for the storage of vehicles?

Representation ID: 33717

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Yes, however there are no periphery development areas that are not accessed directly off Milton Road so although the concept is supported (as it could remove 'trips' off the highway network) the practical delivery of this option is questioned. An alternative is the suggested use of the
existing Milton Road Park and Ride site.

To encourage employees (both existing and future) to use this facility, shuttle buses could be used to get people from the P&R site to NEC, cycle (and pedestrian) links could be greatly improved to allow people to park and cycle from the P&R site to NEC and Cambridge North railway station.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 24: Within the North East Cambridge area green space can be provided in a number of forms including the following options. Which of the following would you support?

Representation ID: 33718

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

We support all options in principle as long as they were designed and designed collaboratively to ensure it functioned appropriately. Specifically we view constarints as:

Option-A: May be difficult to do due to phasing. Brookgate have learnt that green spaces at a smaller scale are more effective in residential-led schemes to serve the surrounding local community.

OptionB: This would also have to be appropriately connected for infrastructure purposes

OptionC:Proper accessibility and connectivity requires appropriate connections to the broader network.

OptionD:We could support this, but it will require a review of specific proposals.

OptionE:Structured landscape edges can tend to act as buffers which separate parts of a district. Design needs to be taken to prevent reducing the level of perceived or actual connectivity across the district.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 25: As set out in this chapter there are a range of public transport, cycling and walking schemes planned which will improve access to the North East Cambridge area. What other measures shoul

Representation ID: 33719

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

A frequent 'shuttle bus', say a minimum of every 15 minutes, could be provided from Cambridge North railway station to the whole NEC area, encouraging employees of the existing Science Parks and the wider NEC to use the new Cambridge North rather than rely on the current mode of choice, the car.

Better use of the existing underutilised Milton Road Park and Ride site. We suggest that this site could deliver a 'car barn' concept, shuttlebus service and deliver a range of cycle and pedestrian improvements, thereby reducing the overall impact of the NEC on this key part of the highway network.

Providing Park and Cycle facilities at Milton Road Park and Ride site

Support

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 26: Do you agree that the AAP should be seeking a very low share of journeys to be made by car compared to other more sustainable means like walking, cycling and public transport to and from,

Representation ID: 33720

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Yes. The NEC area as a whole can support a low car parking strategy due to the abundance of other non-car mode options available.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 27: Do you have any comments on the highway 'trip budget' approach, and how we can reduce the need for people to travel to and within the area by car?

Representation ID: 33721

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

A highway 'trip budget' approach is considered to be a reasonable as long as it is applied to the NEC as a whole, both the existing science parks and the currently undeveloped (or underdeveloped) areas.

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