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Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29213

Received: 08/12/2014

Respondent: Ben Cofield

Representation Summary:

I fully support all aims, as per my initial assessment. I believe the area of the old Park & Ride and the Driving Range should be pedestrianised with parking underneath and new bus stops located on the new boulevard, in addition to the existing ones on Milton Road and the new ones at the station itself.

Full text:

I fully support all aims, as per my initial assessment. I believe the area of the old Park & Ride and the Driving Range should be pedestrianised with parking underneath and new bus stops located on the new boulevard, in addition to the existing ones on Milton Road and the new ones at the station itself.

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Initial assessment - taken from representation no. 29212

The redevelopment of this area is fundamental to the viability and success of the new station. Not only should the station be called "Cambridge North", but this could be a moniker for the entire area bounded by the river and Milton Road/A14.
I have attached a document, which spells out the vision I have for the area.
You will see that there is a good mixture of accommodation, addressing some of the need for Council housing, as well as further student accommodation, allowing for a diverse mix of residents. This accommodation would be in lieu of open-market affordable accommodation, to allow developers to create much more attractive buildings and maintain profits, whilst providing accommodation to well-vetted Council tenants.
I have also suggested relocating the Police Station to the area (blue square). This has a number of benefits:
It will provide a smell barrier from the sewage works
It has immediate access to the A14/A10 etc, and therefore can mobilise police personnel quickly to potentially higher crime areas of the city.
It will be a very attractive gateway building and will allow confidence for developers to develop
It will free up the existing Station on Parkside to be redeveloped, either to a 5-star hotel, which the city badly needs, or more high-quality apartments. I would favour the hotel.
There would be a new road for all traffic to the industrial estate and station. This would free up the existing Cowley Road to be pedestrianised and provide the attractive gateway of shops and restaurants as people approach the Science Park, if that is their destination. This would also allow for easy development access to the current sewage works site, if and when it is redeveloped. The Big Green Box company will need to be relocated, but I believe this is the most logical access road.
The Council accommodation is next to the Police station, and also closest to the main road, so although still highly desirable, would act as a sound barrier to most of the area. It also would put people off from committing crime as the police can be on site immediately, thus negating problems of Council high-rises in the past.
The other black line adjacent to the Council blocks is for access to the underground car park, largely for residents, but some could be for the office accommodation. There will be a public multi-storey car park at the industrial end of the road, which will be surrounded by the student accommodation, whether for Ruskin or privately rented, similar to the Downing model at CB1.
Orange blocks are for the offices, again with the intention of blocking the sound and smells for the residential behind, in the light blue boxes.
Each box has an indicative building height.
The maroon box is a hotel, and not another budget hotel, but a 4-star hotel. Perhaps Radisson, if their Science Park hotel is not going ahead.
The yellow lines are pedestrianised paths with very attractive planting. The residential and hotel accommodation will have bars and restaurants lining the boulevard, ideally bringing new restaurants to the city.
Some buildings form a square, similar to Plaza Mayor in Madrid but on a smaller scale. This would be surrounded by shops and restaurants, and ideally would have a fountain, and possibly glass roof. This would make it a wonderful destination for when the weather is bad and give residents a chance to do something different that just go to the city centre. We could have acts performing, similar to Covent Garden.
I understand that Brookgate have the area nearest to the station, so I truly hope that they will do a much better job than at CB1, which is a missed opportunity to create something amazing.
I do however have an idea to redevelop the other side of the railway line. I have called this area "Fen Meadows", and would result in 100 or so Traveller families being relocated, ideally through compulsory purchase. This would immediately improve East Chesterton and the city as a whole, but I understand a suitable site would need to be found for them. This area could house 4000 people and would create some wonderful riverside accommodation, walks and create a NIAB/Great Kneighton style area, which would have the benefit of being adjacent to the station. A new cycle bridge could link this area to the station and allow easy access, without using people's cars. A new road bridge could be created at the north end of the site linking to Fen Ditton and the A14 junction at Fen Ditton. Of course, a tunnel linking to the station from the south of Fen Meadows would make a more attractive proposition as it would make it easier to travel to a new link to Wadloes Road, allowing people from Barnwell, Newmarket Road, Fen Ditton, the Airport etc to access a railway station without clogging up East Road. It would involve building a road on top of Ditton Meadows, but this could be covered over with grass, forming a hill, which in itself could become a new amenity for the area, with new planting as appropriate. Then the question would be to build a tunnel or a bridge to link to the station. £30M or more would be a lot of course, but the benefits to the city would pay that back within 10 years, and provide critical infrastructure that should have been done 50 years ago.
You will see that at the top of Fen Meadows, the secondary school will be there, and this will be a great location for it considering not only the future development on the sewage works, but also increasing capacity at Milton, Fen Ditton and Shirley Primary Schools.

Comment

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29310

Received: 16/12/2014

Respondent: Dr Roger Sewell

Representation Summary:

So long as there is no movement of the sewage works to another site, I support these proposals. However, they should absolutely not be used as an excuse for saying that the sewage works need moving.

Full text:

So long as there is no movement of the sewage works to another site, I support these proposals. However, they should absolutely not be used as an excuse for saying that the sewage works need moving.

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29380

Received: 09/01/2015

Respondent: Ms Anne Swinney

Representation Summary:

The important issues have been identified

Full text:

The important issues have been identified

Comment

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29425

Received: 17/01/2015

Respondent: Nicky Morland

Representation Summary:

Whilst supporting the Objectives when considering maximising the employment opportunities it is important that in parallel provision is made for affordable housing and schools

Full text:

Whilst supporting the Objectives when considering maximising the employment opportunities it is important that in parallel provision is made for affordable housing and schools

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29496

Received: 23/01/2015

Respondent: Cllr Hazel Smith

Representation Summary:

Objective 6:
Links across the railway to Fen Road, and the foot/cycle bridge across the River Cam to link to Abbey are very important. Special attention should be given to a direct route for cyclists from Abbey to the station; a long bridge may well save money in the long run?

Full text:

Objective 6:
Links across the railway to Fen Road, and the foot/cycle bridge across the River Cam to link to Abbey are very important. Special attention should be given to a direct route for cyclists from Abbey to the station; a long bridge may well save money in the long run?

Object

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29594

Received: 27/01/2015

Respondent: Cllr Anna Bradnam

Representation Summary:

I support all the Objectives 1-8 but feel that (once the Sewage Works has been removed) this should be translated into a new residential neighbourhood incorporating low-energy housing, community buildings, primary school and shops all linked primarily by foot/cycle paths through plenty of open green space, with bus and road links around the edges of the site.

Full text:

I support all the Objectives 1-8 but feel that (once the Sewage Works has been removed) this should be translated into a new residential neighbourhood incorporating low-energy housing, community buildings, primary school and shops all linked primarily by foot/cycle paths through plenty of open green space, with bus and road links around the edges of the site.

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29638

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

Brookgate support the proposed objectives, however they should be improved as follows. Objective 2 should include a specific reference to 'high' densities rather than just 'densities' given the highly sustainable nature of the CNFE location. Specific and explicit reference should be made to residential land uses both within Objective 2 and the wider development objectives. The objectives are currently too generic and must provide greater clarity, given that they will be central to the implementation of the AAP. Brookgate propose redevelopment Option 2a, appended to this submission. Reference to this redevelopment option should be made within the proposed development objectives.

Full text:

Brookgate support the proposed objectives, however they should be improved as follows. Objective 2 should include a specific reference to 'high' densities rather than just 'densities' given the highly sustainable nature of the CNFE location. Specific and explicit reference should be made to residential land uses both within Objective 2 and the wider development objectives. The objectives are currently too generic and must provide greater clarity, given that they will be central to the implementation of the AAP. Brookgate propose redevelopment Option 2a, appended to this submission. Reference to this redevelopment option should be made within the proposed development objectives.

Object

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29727

Received: 30/01/2015

Respondent: The Master Fellows and Scholars of the College of Saint John the Evangelist in the University of Cambridge

Agent: Savills

Representation Summary:

It is important that the objectives acknowledge there is a need to ensure that there is an integration between new planned development and existing development. Objective 1 should be amended to reflect this issue.

Full text:

Savills Planning Team in Cambridge are instructed on behalf of St John's College, Cambridge to make response to the Issues and Options Report on the CNFE having regard to the College's landholdings and land interests at St John's Innovation Park west of Cowley Road and east of Milton Road.

The broad objectives cover the matters that are considered relevant to the new development within the boundary of the Area Action Plan. However we consider that it is important to stress the importance of ensuring that there is an appropriate relationship between each of the land uses that are intending to come forward in each of the options. There is a danger in this context that whilst each of the different areas may come forward in different timescales, it is vital that the consequences and implications of development are assessed in terms of the impact upon the neighbouring land uses.

Whilst there is reference to a new neighbourhood being "well integrated with the wider community", it is possible to simply assume that this relates to the new residential areas near the station given the reference to "neighbourhood". A more focussed objective which acknowledges the importance of securing appropriate relationships between different uses within the plan area seems to be relevant in our view. This is partly due to the College's concern about the proximity and relationship of any proposed "Household Waste Recycling Centre and inert recycling facility" to the existing B1 uses on their landholding on the west side of Cowley Road. These specific issues are raised under separate representation.

In the light of the above and the need to express the need for proper planning of the area and the need to ensure appropriate land use relationships between both new and existing developments and indeed new adjacent developments to one another, it is recommended that Proposed Objective 1 be amended to read:

"Deliver a place that fosters a range of new development which is integrated into wider community and where appropriate land use relationships are secured between new and existing development."

Object

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29750

Received: 30/01/2015

Respondent: CODE Development Planners Ltd

Agent: CODE Development Planners Ltd

Representation Summary:

The objectives are ambitious; they do not appear to be based on fully researched realistic outcomes.
We would suggest that CNFE AAP should focus most particularly on what is deliverable in next five years.

Full text:

The objectives are ambitious; they do not appear to be based on fully researched realistic outcomes.
We would suggest that CNFE AAP should focus most particularly on what is deliverable in next five years. The objectives should be reviewed to provide guidance on setting development standards whilst also outlining how land use changes will be phased in connection with development of sustainable transport links and relocation of existing uses and facilities. The evidence base associated with the AAP should include a realistic assessment of alternative locations for any of the important displaced industrial uses.
The objectives should also focus on how best to achieve a mixed use scheme whilst retaining much of the important existing industrial uses.

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29813

Received: 30/01/2015

Respondent: St John's Innovation Centre

Representation Summary:

1. We support the broad objectives for the new development within the boundary of the Area Action Plan.
2. It is important to ensure an appropriate relationship between each of the land uses set out in the four options.
3. It is vital that the consequences of staged development are assessed in terms of the impact upon the neighbouring land uses.

4. References to "neighbourhood" should not simply relate to the new residential areas near the station, but all uses within the plan area.

5. We are concerned about the proximity and impact of any proposed "Household Waste Recycling Centre and inert recycling facility" to existing buildings on the St John's Innovation Park .

6. We recommend that Proposed Objective 1 be amended to read:
"Deliver a place that fosters a range of new developments which are integrated into the wider community and where appropriate land use relationships are secured between new and existing development."

Full text:

See attached [below]

2.1 We support the broad objectives for the new development within the boundary of the Area Action Plan. However, we consider that it is important to ensure an appropriate relationship between each of the land uses set out in the four options. Different areas may be developed in different timescales and it is vital that the consequences of staged development are assessed in terms of the impact upon the neighbouring land uses.

2.2 The plan refers to a new neighbourhood being "well integrated with the wider community":
we contend that references to "neighbourhood" should not simply relate to the new residential areas near the station. A more comprehensively-defined objective, which acknowledges the importance of securing appropriate relationships between different uses within the plan area, is required. We are concerned, for instance, about the proximity and impact of any proposed "Household Waste Recycling Centre and inert recycling facility" to existing buildings on the St John's Innovation Park .

2.3 To ensure appropriate land use relationships between both new and existing developments - and indeed new developments adjacent to one another - we recommend that Proposed Objective 1 be amended to read:
"Deliver a place that fosters a range of new developments which are integrated into the wider community and where appropriate land use relationships are secured between new and existing development."

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29856

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Cambridgeshire County Council

Representation Summary:

Overarching objectives are supported. Some of these uses would not normally be located next to each other -suggest Proposed Objective 2 be amended in such a way that uses are located in a compatible way:
'Proposed Objective 2: Provide a mix of land uses in locations where they are compatible, and at densities that make best use of this highly sustainable location and regeneration opportunities'. Objective 8 be amended, or a separate Objective set up to cover this issue:

'Encourage a low carbon lifestyle; the minimisation of waste both during construction and occupational phases of development; and addressing climate change'

Full text:

The overarching objectives are supported. Considering these against the option scenarios it is apparent that the mix of land uses is wide ranging, comprising existing and new uses such as the Water Recycling Centre and housing. Some of these uses would not normally be located next to each other, with this is mind it is suggested that Proposed Objective 2 be slightly amended to incorporate the objective that these mixed uses be provided in such a way that they are located in a compatible way:
'Proposed Objective 2: Provide a mix of land uses in locations where they are compatible, and at densities that make best use of this highly sustainable location and regeneration opportunities'

In addition to the suggested change to proposed Objective 2, we would also point out that there is not currently reference to the minimising of waste in line with the RECAP Waste Management Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (2012). We would therefore recommend that this be built into proposed Objective 8 as follows, or a separate Objective set up to cover this issue:

'Encourage a low carbon lifestyle; the minimisation of waste both during construction and occupational phases of development; and addressing climate change'

Support from economic development perspective.

The objectives should include an object to secure "good health" through development.

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29972

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Orchard Street Investment Management LLP

Agent: Beacon Planning

Representation Summary:

The objectives are supported, but there is a lack of emphasis on the integration of existing businesses and these should not be adversely affected by the changes. This is vaguely hinted at in Objective 1, but should be further highlighted.

Full text:

The objectives are supported, but there is a lack of emphasis on the integration of existing businesses and these should not be adversely affected by the changes. This is vaguely hinted at in Objective 1, but should be further highlighted.

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 29990

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: The Wildlife Trust

Representation Summary:

The Wildlife Trust supports the inclusion of objective 7.

Full text:

The Wildlife Trust supports the inclusion of objective 7.

Comment

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30043

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Urban&Civic Ltd

Agent: David Lock Associates

Representation Summary:

The proposed objectives are supported but could be improved. Firstly, consistent with the proposed vision, the contribution of CNFE to the wider regeneration and growth agenda of Cambridge is important and could be further emphasised in the proposed objectives. Secondly, given the scale, importance and proximity of Waterbeach New Town, it would be beneficial to include reference to the objective of ensuring a well-co-ordinated and integrated approach between the two developments. Finally, direct reference to maximising the potential of the new railway station should be made.

Full text:

The proposed objectives are supported but could be improved. Firstly, consistent with the proposed vision, the contribution of CNFE to the wider regeneration and growth agenda of Cambridge is important and could be further emphasised in the proposed objectives. Secondly, given the scale, importance and proximity of Waterbeach New Town, it would be beneficial to include reference to the objective of ensuring a well-co-ordinated and integrated approach between the two developments. Finally, direct reference to maximising the potential of the new railway station should be made.
Suggested changes:
Proposed Objective 1: Insert "including proposed new communities" after "wider community"
Proposed Objective 6: Insert "including sustainable links with proposed new communities" after "new neighbourhood".
Proposed New Objectives:
"Ensure development is well connected and complementary to Waterbeach New Town"
"Maximise the potential of the new railway station to support regeneration and wider growth"

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30123

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Grosvenor Developments Limited

Agent: AECOM

Representation Summary:

Objective 2 - could include a specific reference to residential to provide support for better balance of land uses.

Objective 5 - Reference to mixed use development should be included; zoning approach could work against well designed buildings.

Objective 6 - Stronger connections required to wider area for effective integration. Highly zoned mono use land blocks works against the objective for a well-integrated neighbourhood.

Objective 8 - Requires a mixed community - current imbalance of land uses could increase carbon footprint, encourage unsustainable travel behaviour and add to emissions.

Full text:

Objective 2 - could include a specific reference to residential to provide support for better balance of land uses.

Objective 5 - Reference to mixed use development should be included; zoning approach could work against well designed buildings.

Objective 6 - Stronger connections required to wider area for effective integration. Highly zoned mono use land blocks works against the objective for a well-integrated neighbourhood.

Objective 8 - Requires a mixed community - current imbalance of land uses could increase carbon footprint, encourage unsustainable travel behaviour and add to emissions.

Comment

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30251

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Turnstone Estates Limited

Agent: Carter Jonas

Representation Summary:

Further objective needed which highlights potential interface of site not only with immediate neighbourhood but also with more distant locations which can access it through sustainable travel modes.

Full text:

In general terms Turnstone supports the proposed development objectives, all of which are laudable and characteristic of what one would expect to see in high quality sustainable new developments. The only slight surprise is that one of the objectives does not specifically reference the significance and importance of the new proposed railway station, which has a pivotal role in supporting and enhancing new development at CNFE. The station is seen as a highly important piece of transport infrastructure that can ensure that sustainable transport choices can be made by future workers who will gain employment at CNFE. In particular rail links from the north and south, from locations with existing high levels of out-commuting to Cambridge e.g. Ely, Waterbeach, Royston etc. can facilitate access by non-car modes.

We would suggest an additional Proposed Objective which could say:

Provide excellent connectivity to more distant communities by sustainable transport routes through maximising use of the new proposed railway station, the guided bus, and cycle and pedestrian routes.

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30272

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Coulson Building Group

Representation Summary:

I support all these objectives with 2 & 3 the most important.

Full text:

I support all these objectives with 2 & 3 the most important.

Object

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30355

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Cambridge Past, Present and Future

Representation Summary:

Complex scheme - higher ambitious/ coherent manner needed as hotch potch not acceptable.
Objectives need strengthening to reflect scale/ density of development necessary to attract momentum. Specific goals are key - to:
* achieve relocation/ reconfiguration of water treatment plant
* provide substantial new employment opportunities
* provide residential development on a sufficient scale - more vibrant/ highly sustainable
* consider denser utilisation/ regeneration (eg Science Park)
* create connectivity between Science Park, city centre, NE/E Cambridge, villages, beyond
* enable preparation of detailed, phased master plan - a clearer vision underpinning redevelopment of overall area - including integration of denser developments - enhanced viability and associated quality

Full text:

Successful development of this important area will require a project big enough to provide the critical mass necessary to drive a complex scheme forward in an ambitious and coherent manner. Anything less will, in the long-term, provide only a hotch potch of commercial uses with a scattering of residential units insufficient to provide a successful community. Whilst the objectives listed are all worthy in themselves, they need strengthening to reflect the scale and density of development necessary to attract momentum behind the project. In particular, they should include specific goals about key issues such as:
* To achieve the relocation of the water treatment plant, or to redevelop onsite within a smaller footprint.
* To provide substantial new employment opportunities, as well as the relocation of existing ones where appropriate.
* To provide residential development on a sufficient scale - and of a suitable type - to create a vibrant and highly sustainable modern urban community.
* To open up additional areas for development (eg east of the railway line) and to provide opportunities for denser utilisation and regeneration (eg the Science Park).
* To create connectivity between the area and the Science Park, the city centre, the north-east and east of Cambridge, as well as villages such as Milton, Histon/Impington and beyond.
* To enable the preparation of a detailed master plan, appropriately phased and continuously updated, which retains a clear vision and underpins the redevelopment of the overall area. This includes the integration of denser developments, thereby improving prospects for viability and associated quality

Comment

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30378

Received: 04/02/2015

Respondent: Milton Parish Council

Representation Summary:

Objective 6:
Links across the railway to Fen Road, and the foot/cycle bridge across the River Cam to link to Abbey are very important. Special attention should be given to a direct route for cyclists from Abbey to the station.

Full text:

See attached document

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30418

Received: 29/01/2015

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

Natural England supports the vision and objectives of the plan to enhance and protect the natural environment, including local wildlife sites and existing and proposed open spaces . We are pleased that the Plan will promote the creation of a network of green spaces and corridors, incorporating ecological mitigation and enhancement and measures to manage surface water.

Full text:

See attached document

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30459

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Indigo Planning Ltd

Representation Summary:

TCE broadly support the objectives identified for the AAP area. As set out above, we would like to see more clarification on the quality and type of employment uses proposed for the AAP area within these objectives. It is important to ensure that the current business research and development and technology function is not diluted.

It would be useful to identify 'character areas' to confirm the established nature of different parts of the AAP area.

Full text:

See attached document

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30487

Received: 02/02/2015

Respondent: Cambridge City Council

Representation Summary:

Proposed Objective 1 Support.
Proposed Objective 2 Support.
Proposed Objective 3 Support.
Proposed Objective 4 Support.
Proposed Objective 5 Support.
Proposed Objective 6 Support.
Proposed Objective 7 Support.
Proposed Objective 8 Support.

Full text:

See attached document

Support

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30564

Received: 19/01/2015

Respondent: Silke Scheler

Representation Summary:

Support.

Full text:

I find all proposed options to be too restricted with the use of space. A mix of residential use, offices and industry would be preferable to give it a more natural feel. For example, leave the Nuffield Road industrial area and more residential use development further north. Also consider a more modular approach that allows to develop toward a future goal, but doesn't depend on things (like moving the water recycling centre) from the get go.

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9) Objective 3 shouldn't get highest priority.
14) 11-13 are too divided in to use of space, a more natural mix of residential, offices and industrial would be better. Also, re-use as much of what is already there as possible.
15, 16, 17) No clear explanations, which means meaning will be defined later.
18b) Would destroy the feeling of that part of the city.
23c) Science Park should be independent.
24d) This should only be considered if there are no other options. Moving the businesses will be expesive, so leave them there and build the residential area somewhere else.
30e) Student accomodation should be integrated so they won't all be in the same area.
36) Whatever makes best sense for transport at the current stage of the project.

Comment

Cambridge Northern Fringe East AAP - Issues and Options

Representation ID: 30616

Received: 03/02/2015

Respondent: RLW Estates

Agent: Boyer Planning

Representation Summary:

RLW supports the proposed development objectives as an appropriate means of articulating the broad development principles for the area that will assist in guiding delivery of the vision for CNFE. RLW strongly support Objective 3 (maximisation of employment opportunities) and Objective 6 (creation of an accessible and well-connected neighbourhood) as being key to securing the over-arching objective.

Full text:

See attached document