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 28: Do you agree that car parking associated with new developments should be low, and we should take the opportunity to reduce car parking in existing developments (alongside the other measur

Representation ID: 33722

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Brookgate Land Ltd support the use of more restrictive car parking standards across the whole area to reflect the highly sustainable location. Priority should be given to zero or low parking schemes as maintaining existing parking levels is not acceptable. Priority should also be given to electric cars and car clubs.Transport modelling work will assist in achieving this.

Reducing reliance on car parking in the AAP area employment areas is key to addressing the current dominance of car use within the existing NEC. This would reduce the impact of the NEC on the existing highway network and enable the whole area to be developed to its full potential, and for any 'trip budget' for the NEC to be reasonable, both commercially and practically

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 29: Do you agree that we should require high levels of cycle parking from new developments?

Representation ID: 33723

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Yes, high cycle parking is necessary to deliver a truly sustainable development, for both the existing developed areas and new development proposals.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 30: Should we look at innovative solutions to high volume cycle storage both within private development as well as in public areas?

Representation ID: 33724

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Yes, cycle parking requires a significant amount of space. High density cycle parking such as 'double stackers' should be the norm for commercial and residential developments in the NEC. It will enable efficient use of land and provide the quantum of cycle parking necessary to deliver a sustainable development based on low car parking numbers.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 31: What additional factors should we also be considering to encourage cycling use (e.g. requiring new office buildings to include secure cycle parking, shower facilities and lockers)?

Representation ID: 33725

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Yes, convenient and secure cycle park and other facilities such as showers and lockers for cyclist on commercial developments are supported. Charging points for electric bike should be considered.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 32: How do we design and plan for a place that makes the best use of current technologies and is also future proofed to respond to changing technologies over time?

Representation ID: 33726

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

The CGB provides a high quality, uncongested corridor through the CNF area, with one crossing of Milton Road. This corridor has the potential for early delivery of a rapid transport, autonomous vehicle shuttle between Cambridge North Station, the Science Park and Cambridge Regional College.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 33: what sort of innovative measures could be used to improve links between the Cambridge North Station and destinations like the Science Park?

Representation ID: 33727

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Yes. The Cambridge North Station is a fantastic facility which is currently underused. Links between the station and the existing science parks could be significantly improved by a number of measures:
● A frequent shuttle bus.
● Better pedestrian and cycle connectively across Milton Road.
● Better 'wayfinding' to encourage walking and cycling between the station and existing employment areas (a walk of less than 20 minutes).

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 34: Are there specific types of employment spaces that we should seek to support in this area?

Representation ID: 33728

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

A combination of commercial and residential uses which are likely to include offices and R & D uses, should be provided in the NEC area, with the mix being informed by both market conditions and successful place-making.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 35: In particular, should the plan require delivery of:

Representation ID: 33729

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

The policy framework should be flexible to allow for such developments. Bespoke solutions to maximise economic and employment benefits should therefore be secured as part of individual applications rather than through a generic and inflexible policy approach.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 38: Should the AAP require a mix of dwelling sizes and in particular, some family sized housing?

Representation ID: 33730

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Brookgate Land Limited would be supportive of a mix of dwelling sizes across the AAP, including for purpose built private rented sector housing (PRS). This would support the Government's objective of significantly boosting the supply of homes in ensuring that a sufficient amount and variety of land can come forward where it is needed and that the needs of groups with specific housing requirements are addressed.

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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 40: Should the AAP require 40% of housing to be affordable, including a mix of affordable housing tenures, subject to viability?

Representation ID: 33731

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Subject to viability testing, the 40% requirement should be applied to the NEC AAP as a whole. The very heavy infrastructure costs and brownfield nature of the land with associated remediation costs must be recognised and viability is of key importance.

Consideration should however be given to PRS developments where a different approach may be required, such as discounted market rents, off-site contributions toward affordable housing provision etc. As such, the NPPG (Paragraph: 004 Reference ID: 60-004-20180913) advises that if agreement is reached between a developer and a local authority, the affordable housing requirement could be met by other routes, such as a commuted payment and/or other forms of affordable housing as defined in the NPPF. The details of this must be set out in the section 106.

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