Grafton Area of Major Change SPD 2017

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Grafton Area of Major Change SPD 2017

Character and heritage

Representation ID: 31954

Received: 03/11/2017

Respondent: Cambridge City Council

Representation:

Cambridge needs more independent shops, and I'm pleased this is recognised in the SPD. For all the benefits of chain stores, they can lead to clone towns and also tend to draw money out of the city. Although planning can't require independent stores, providing smaller retail spaces is a step in the right direction.

It's also worth bearing in mind that the city centre is being used less for low-end shopping, due to the more expensive stores being opened there. I think the city centre SPD will support this. It's worth considering adding market stalls here near the cheaper stores.

Full text:

Cambridge needs more independent shops, and I'm pleased this is recognised in the SPD. For all the benefits of chain stores, they can lead to clone towns and also tend to draw money out of the city. Although planning can't require independent stores, providing smaller retail spaces is a step in the right direction.

It's also worth bearing in mind that the city centre is being used less for low-end shopping, due to the more expensive stores being opened there. I think the city centre SPD will support this. It's worth considering adding market stalls here near the cheaper stores.

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Grafton Area of Major Change SPD 2017

Access and servicing

Representation ID: 31955

Received: 03/11/2017

Respondent: Cambridge City Council

Representation:

Very very important that it is sensitive to existing streets, and doesn't become a rat run for any vehicles. It's not just taxis who do this now. There are also a lot of delivery vehicles which get lost here, and vehicles going on strange adventures.

It's worth looking at Dutch cities like Leiden to consider how cycling can sit comfortably alongside pedestrian use. Colour coding the route so that it visually represents a potential hazard can help.

Full text:

Very very important that it is sensitive to existing streets, and doesn't become a rat run for any vehicles. It's not just taxis who do this now. There are also a lot of delivery vehicles which get lost here, and vehicles going on strange adventures.

It's worth looking at Dutch cities like Leiden to consider how cycling can sit comfortably alongside pedestrian use. Colour coding the route so that it visually represents a potential hazard can help.

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Grafton Area of Major Change SPD 2017

Sustainability

Representation ID: 31956

Received: 03/11/2017

Respondent: Cambridge City Council

Representation:

It's good that sustainability has been considered - don't just think about mitigation but bear in mind Cambridge's ambition to become zero carbon by 2050 if not before.

Is there scope for PV? Can this be linked with electric charging points?
Is there scope for collecting rain water and using it for washing/plants (rather than tap water)
Is there space for cycle couriers with trailers to park and make deliveries?

Full text:

It's good that sustainability has been considered - don't just think about mitigation but bear in mind Cambridge's ambition to become zero carbon by 2050 if not before.

Is there scope for PV? Can this be linked with electric charging points?
Is there scope for collecting rain water and using it for washing/plants (rather than tap water)
Is there space for cycle couriers with trailers to park and make deliveries?

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Grafton Area of Major Change SPD 2017

Figure 30 Summary of the existing experience of the Grafton Area

Representation ID: 31957

Received: 03/11/2017

Respondent: Cambridge City Council

Representation:

The northern side of the Grafton Centre isn't just for servicing, there are a number of homes there. I consider this worth acknowledging in the summary, to ensure that residents are not overlooked while building works take place.

Full text:

The northern side of the Grafton Centre isn't just for servicing, there are a number of homes there. I consider this worth acknowledging in the summary, to ensure that residents are not overlooked while building works take place.

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