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North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 7: Do you support the overall approach shown in the Indicative Concept Plan? Do you have any comments or suggestions to make?

Representation ID: 33012

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management

Agent: Turley

Representation Summary:

While the provisions set out in the Concept Plan are broadly supported, it is noted that the area shown for residential-led mixed use development relies on much of the existing employment uses being re-located and that the area allocated for this relocation is much smaller in scale. Many of the existing businesses on the site are successfully operating in this location, set on the periphery of the City and in close proximity to major road networks and rail provision. It is difficult to see how they could successfully be re-located to alternative sites without this being prejudicial to their success.

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While the provisions set out in the Concept Plan are broadly supported, it is noted that the area shown for residential-led mixed use development relies on much of the existing employment uses being re-located and that the area allocated for this relocation is much smaller in scale. Many of the existing businesses on the site are successfully operating in this location, set on the periphery of the City and in close proximity to major road networks and rail provision. It is difficult to see how they could successfully be re-located to alternative sites without this being prejudicial to their success.

Object

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 8: Do you agree that outside of the existing business areas, the eastern part of the North East Cambridge AAP area (i.e. the area east of Milton Road) should provide a higher density mixed us

Representation ID: 33013

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management

Agent: Turley

Representation Summary:

No, there is currently a shortage of industrial provision and associated uses locally and the current proposals would result in the loss of these current uses on the site. While residential development within the site boundary is supported, the scale and location of this provision should also allow for the continued employment uses to flourish and not just rely on the high tech industries which currently occupy the Science Park itself. Cambridge needs to be able to provide jobs for a wide mix of residents with a variety of skill sets.

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No, there is currently a shortage of industrial provision and associated uses locally and the current proposals would result in the loss of these current uses on the site. While residential development within the site boundary is supported, the scale and location of this provision should also allow for the continued employment uses to flourish and not just rely on the high tech industries which currently occupy the Science Park itself. Cambridge needs to be able to provide jobs for a wide mix of residents with a variety of skill sets.

Object

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: 33014

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management

Agent: Turley

Representation Summary:

While it is acknowledged that there is a need to address the highway issues associated with Milton Road, the reduction in car parking provision for existing businesses would need careful consideration and the existing public transport solutions revised and new measures put in place to ensure that businesses are not compromised as a result. The AAP does not make it clear how this would be implemented.

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While it is acknowledged that there is a need to address the highway issues associated with Milton Road, the reduction in car parking provision for existing businesses would need careful consideration and the existing public transport solutions revised and new measures put in place to ensure that businesses are not compromised as a result. The AAP does not make it clear how this would be implemented.

Object

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: 33015

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management

Agent: Turley

Representation Summary:

Whilst in principle this would enable the development to meet sustainability objectives and the aim of a 'low carbon' development. In reality, Milton Road is already very congested at peak hours and increasing employment and introducing residential development will lead to increases in traffic and therefore increased congestion at the junctions, and the wider transport network.
If the aim is to encourage a very low share of journeys to be made by car and more sustainable means promoted then these measures should be made clear and subject to public consultation.

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Whilst in principle this would enable the development to meet sustainability objectives and the aim of a 'low carbon' development. In reality, Milton Road is already very congested at peak hours and increasing employment and introducing residential development will lead to increases in traffic and therefore increased congestion at the junctions, and the wider transport network. It is noted that the Council intend to undertake a Transport Assessment, which is considered to be vital to taking the Action Plan forward. Without this information it is difficult to understand what measures would be capable of addressing a potential increase in traffic. If the aim is to encourage a very low share of journeys to be made by car and more sustainable means promoted then these measures should be made clear and subject to public consultation.

Object

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: 33016

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management

Agent: Turley

Representation Summary:

While there is no objection to the Council taking the opportunity to promote lower levels of car parking associated with new developments, a reduction to existing car parking provision for existing developments, especially those associated with business uses is not supported. Many of the business operators currently occupying the units on the eastern side of Milton Road need car parking for customers as well as employees and often the hours of operation of these businesses means that there is a greater reliance on cars to access the site.

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While there is no objection to the Council taking the opportunity to promote lower levels of car parking associated with new developments, a reduction to existing car parking provision for existing developments, especially those associated with business uses is not supported. Many of the business operators currently occupying the units on the eastern side of Milton Road need car parking for customers as well as employees and often the hours of operation of these businesses means that there is a greater reliance on cars to access the site.

Comment

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: 33017

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management

Agent: Turley

Representation Summary:

The current Action Plan area has a good mix of employment spaces including industrial. There is a need to ensure that the promoted uses offer a wide range of employment spaces to ensure that there is long-term flexibility in the future.

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The current Action Plan area has a good mix of employment spaces including industrial. There is a need to ensure that the promoted uses offer a wide range of employment spaces to ensure that there is long-term flexibility in the future.

Comment

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

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

Representation ID: 33019

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management

Agent: Turley

Representation Summary:

The proposed mix of uses is supported and allows for a wide range of operators to occupy the site. However, it is considered that there is a need for the Council to undertake a survey of the existing provision on land to the east of Milton Road and the current occupiers of those units to ensure that any future development does not prejudice the ability for current businesses to continue to be successful. It is noted that this is the Council's current intention as set out in the Area Action Plan.

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The proposed mix of uses is supported and allows for a wide range of operators to occupy the site. However, it is considered that there is a need for the Council to undertake a survey of the existing provision on land to the east of Milton Road and the current occupiers of those units to ensure that any future development does not prejudice the ability for current businesses to continue to be successful. It is noted that this is the Council's current intention as set out in the Area Action Plan.

Comment

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 70: Do you agree that the AAP should prioritise land that can feasibly be developed early? Are there any risks associated with this proposed approach?

Representation ID: 33020

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management

Agent: Turley

Representation Summary:

None of the sites can be prioritised without the relocation of the sewage treatment works. This is essential to the delivery of the site in accordance with the Masterplan.

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None of the sites can be prioritised without the relocation of the sewage treatment works. This is essential to the delivery of the site in accordance with the Masterplan.

Support

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 71: Should the AAP include a relocation strategy in preference to leaving this to the market to resolve?

Representation ID: 33021

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management

Agent: Turley

Representation Summary:

The Area Action Plan relies on the relocation of the sewage treatment works and therefore cannot be delivered in accordance with the Masterplan without its relocation.

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The Area Action Plan relies on the relocation of the sewage treatment works and therefore cannot be delivered in accordance with the Masterplan without its relocation.

Object

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Question 75: Do you agree with the proposal to require land assembly where it can be demonstrated that this is necessary for delivering the agreed masterplan for the North East Cambridge area and/or t

Representation ID: 33022

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management

Agent: Turley

Representation Summary:

This approach could lead to many of the current businesses being left without a premises. While it is understood that any acquisition of property or land would be subject to a payment at market value, the lack of alternative industrial and other business premises within the City could result in the closure of and loss of employment for local residents. Any future proposals would need to ensure that existing businesses on the site that wished to continue to operate are accommodated within the future development of the Masterplan.

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This approach could lead to many of the current businesses being left without a premises. While it is understood that any acquisition of property or land would be subject to a payment at market value, the lack of alternative industrial and other business premises within the City could result in the closure of and loss of employment for local residents. Any future proposals would need to ensure that existing businesses on the site that wished to continue to operate are accommodated within the future development of the Masterplan.

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