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Draft North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

Policy 14: Social, community and cultural Infrastructure

Representation ID: 53291

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: Old Chesterton Residents' Association

Representation Summary:

The facilities appear to be adequate for indoor activities

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The facilities appear to be adequate for indoor activities

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Draft North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

Policy 17: Connecting to the wider network

Representation ID: 53293

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: Old Chesterton Residents' Association

Representation Summary:

The failure to recognise the existing deficiencies of the transport network and address them is the greatest weakness of the action plan at present. Wishful thinking will not prevent those deficiencies continuing to be a burden on local communities. The Fen Road level crossing is a major constraint on East Chesterton and Chesterton Fen with its growing domestic and busiess activity. Local people have identified a suitable solution without which much of the potential benefit of an area action plan will not be realised until it is included. The level crossing must be bypassed so that the increased rail traffic can move freely and so can local traffic. The simplest method appears to be a road into Chesterton Fen aligned with the A14 to join the Fen end of Fen Road and more suitable to the traffic currently using the level crossing. Chesterton comprises several working communities for whom cycle paths and cycling infrastructure are simply inadequate. Their needs should also be addressed.

Full text:

The failure to recognise the existing deficiencies of the transport network and address them is the greatest weakness of the action plan at present. Wishful thinking will not prevent those deficiencies continuing to be a burden on local communities. The Fen Road level crossing is a major constraint on East Chesterton and Chesterton Fen with its growing domestic and busiess activity. Local people have identified a suitable solution without which much of the potential benefit of an area action plan will not be realised until it is included. The level crossing must be bypassed so that the increased rail traffic can move freely and so can local traffic. The simplest method appears to be a road into Chesterton Fen aligned with the A14 to join the Fen end of Fen Road and more suitable to the traffic currently using the level crossing. Chesterton comprises several working communities for whom cycle paths and cycling infrastructure are simply inadequate. Their needs should also be addressed.

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Draft North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

Policy 19: Safeguarding for Cambridge Autonomous Metro and Public Transport

Representation ID: 53294

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: Old Chesterton Residents' Association

Representation Summary:

If the funding ever becomes available for the Metro then safeguarding its routes is a sensible precaution.

Full text:

If the funding ever becomes available for the Metro then safeguarding its routes is a sensible precaution.

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Draft North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

Policy 8: Open spaces for recreation and sport

Representation ID: 53300

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: Old Chesterton Residents' Association

Representation Summary:

The open space provision is below the standards adopted by the City Council in its adopted policy for such provision. Creating a large residential community with no real playing field is short-sighted given that Chesterton is already under-provided with such space with one small recreation ground to serve both East and West Chesterton. It would appear that the two recreation grounds in Arbury and Kings Hedges, St Albans Road and Nun's Way might soon suffer the fate of Chesterton's original Brown's Field Recreation Ground and be eaten away by development as was the original Chesterton Village Green by Fallowfield Estate.
The Cowley Triangle is likely to become a dog latrine and whilst the Linear Park is a nice idea it appears too narrow to provide little more than a green promenade. The future residents of North East Cambridge deserve better. There should be at least one larger open space to allow organised field games for children and adults located close to where they live. There is no point in allowing provision off-site, even if a suitable area of land actually existed, as people need open spce that is near to where they live and accessible.

Full text:

The open space provision is below the standards adopted by the City Council in its adopted policy for such provision. Creating a large residential community with no real playing field is short-sighted given that Chesterton is already under-provided with such space with one small recreation ground to serve both East and West Chesterton. It would appear that the two recreation grounds in Arbury and Kings Hedges, St Albans Road and Nun's Way might soon suffer the fate of Chesterton's original Brown's Field Recreation Ground and be eaten away by development as was the original Chesterton Village Green by Fallowfield Estate.
The Cowley Triangle is likely to become a dog latrine and whilst the Linear Park is a nice idea it appears too narrow to provide little more than a green promenade. The future residents of North East Cambridge deserve better. There should be at least one larger open space to allow organised field games for children and adults located close to where they live. There is no point in allowing provision off-site, even if a suitable area of land actually existed, as people need open spce that is near to where they live and accessible.

Comment

Draft North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

Policy 9: Density, heights, scale and massing

Representation ID: 53301

Received: 02/10/2020

Respondent: Old Chesterton Residents' Association

Representation Summary:

Having lived the first ten years of my married life in a block of flats in Bloomsbury of similar density to what is being proposed for North East Cambridge I cannot support this policy. Such places might be suitable as pieds-a-terre for a transient population but are not suitable places in which to bring up a family. There are some good flat developmenrts in and around Cambridge but they are mostly not affordable to most people.I note the aspiration set out in 'a' to 'h'. My fear is that the opportunity will be exploited and the result could be poor quality design and the result an expensive slum. I hope I will be proved wrong.

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Having lived the first ten years of my married life in a block of flats in Bloomsbury of similar density to what is being proposed for North East Cambridge I cannot support this policy. Such places might be suitable as pieds-a-terre for a transient population but are not suitable places in which to bring up a family. There are some good flat developmenrts in and around Cambridge but they are mostly not affordable to most people.I note the aspiration set out in 'a' to 'h'. My fear is that the opportunity will be exploited and the result could be poor quality design and the result an expensive slum. I hope I will be proved wrong.

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