3. Community Input
Draft Caldecote Village Design Guide SPD
Representation ID: 167760
Respondent: Mr Phil Claridge
Add new priority: maintain and enhance transport links. E.g. there are now significant concerns that as part of the proposed Borne airfield development Caldecote may lose frequent and fast bus links to Cambridge from the roundabout at the north of the village (bus being re-routed to new stop in Bourne development significantly west of current site). N.B. Already referenced in map on page 15, but could be covered more in the text.
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The developments to the east of Highfields road since 2000 (e.g. around Clare Drive) and now completing with the in progress CALA development completes the previous strategic plan for the village to have a sustainable community right-sized for key facilities such as the school.
Add new priority: maintain and enhance transport links. E.g. there are now significant concerns that as part of the proposed Borne airfield development Caldecote may loose frequent and fast bus links to Cambridge from the roundabout at the north of the village (bus being re-routed to new stop in Bourne development significantly west of current site). N.B. Already referenced in map on page 15, but could be covered more in the text.
Would like to see extension of 'Caldecote Path' to perimeter of new developments (omitting road as necessary). E.g. Linden development southern edge backing onto Clare Drive.
Page 15: Support new pedestrian/cycle connections, or improvement to existing paths backing onto Clare Drive as shown in map.
Add words underlined: Any new vehicle access should preserve and enhance existing drainage channels (ditch or piped).
References to ditch to be extended to include reinstating pipes where ditches have been piped, not just open ditches (echos earlier comment).
Please add to drawing entrance/exit sight-lines to be be enhanced for both pedestrian and viechular access to existing and new development.
Any development should have goal of betterment of the overall village drainage, not simply maintaining status quo.
No development should impact water flowing into SSI around the village (I believe there are planning conditions that a new development should not increase the flow of water into an SSI?).
Add word to caption. It's a tiny 4" pipe that drains all the surface water from the North of the village. Note that we believe that this pipe is now blocked.
The indicative area of the 2014 flooding is incorrect - I have the source material provided to the county, and the area is larger and needs to be moved further north. I can provide a marked up map if needed. Some houses adjacent to the light blue dotted line flooded.
Please add north east from Clare Drive as a valued view. This is the furthest view from Caldecote that is not broken by trees and buildings clear to Hardwick.
Draft Caldecote Village Design Guide SPD
Representation ID: 167773
Respondent: British Horse Society
Section 3 should include horse riders alongside pedestrians and cyclists in considering how off-road routes should be connected and extended. The following footpaths should be upgraded to bridleways: Footpath 38/9 running from bridleway 38/3; and a new bridleway from FP 38/9 to Highfields Road which would link up to the new development at Bourn Airfield.
The response is based solely on the VDG. there are numerous, well documented reasons why equestrian access should be included in protecting and improving access including the impact on rural economy, public money should benefit all users, health and wellbeing, local and national planning policies. Should the Parish Council require further details or info, the BHS would be pleased to answer questions or make a presentation with a view to working with the PC to improve countryside access.
Protect, enhance and grow existing footpath, bridleway and cycle connections across the village and improve roadside accessibility.
Ensure the relationship with the new settlements at BA is positive and allows good off-roads connections whilst maintaining distinct settlements.
Developments adjoining existing pathways and bridle ways should seek tom make new connections of similar quality, or improve the existing routes to reinforce and extend the existing network.
However, later in Sec3;
'pedestrian, bridle and cycle connections to neighbouring settlements and to Cambridge. Proposals include an extension of the Cambridge/Hardwick cycle path to reach Caldecote and a new off-road cycle connections to Toft and Cambourne.
This path should be non motorised user path, suitable for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. unless there is a good reason not to include them.
There is no mention of horse riders. this Is unacceptable and horse riders should be included in plans. The development at BA is fully supportive of equestrians and there are proposals to include a perimeter bridle way in its plans. Equestrian access on this site is also required by SC local plan. it is therefore essential that the Caldecote VDG includes equestrians in its plans.
The BHS is pleased to see and supports the following statements in the Caldecote VDG Section 3:
'Protect, enhance and grow existing footpath, bridleway and cycle connections across the village, and improve roadside accessibility'.
'Ensure that the relationship with the new settlement at Bourn Airfield is positive and allows good off‐road connections whilst maintaining distinct settlements.'
Developments adjoining existing paths and bridleways should seek to make new connections of similar quality, or improve existing routes, to reinforce and extend the existing network.'
However later in Section 3 the VDG mentions:
'Pedestrian, bridle and cycle connections to neighbouring settlements and to Cambridge. Proposals include an extension of the Cambridge/Hardwick cyclepath to reach Caldecote, and new off‐road cycle connections to Toft and to Cambourne.'
This path should be a Non‐Motorised User path suitable for pedestrians, cyclists and should also include horse riders, unless there is a good reason not to include them.
Section 5.5 mentions 'Good quality pedestrian and cyclist connections to the planned Major Development at Bourn Airfield are important'.
However, there is no mention of horse riders. This is unacceptable and horse riders should be included in the plans. The Development at Bourn airfield is fully supportive of equestrians and there are proposals to include a perimeter bridleway and links to existing bridleways in its plans.
Equestrian access on this site is also required by the South Cambs Local Plan. It is therefore essential that the Caldecote VDG also includes equestrians in its plans.
As well as pedestrians and cyclists, there are many equestrians in Caldecote. There is also a local West Cambridge Bridleways Group. The British Horse Society (BHS), Bridleway Group and local horse riders should be consulted regarding the improvement of access to PROW and how this could be achieved. For instance upgrading public footpaths to Bridleways would benefit cyclists and horse
riders and help to link up the fragmented network of Bridleways. Consideration should also be give to the creation of new Bridleways and Restricted Byways.
In the parish of Caldecote are 11 PROW, of which only 4 are bridleways, with the rest being footpaths. The distance covered by these PROW is over 7km, of which 3.75km are bridleways and therefore available to cyclists and horse riders. The BHS have identified 4 paths, which, if upgraded to bridleways or restricted byways, would provide essential links to other villages and help to join up the fragmented bridleway network.
The footpaths which could be considered for upgrading are:
Footpath 38/9 running from bridleway 38/3.
Creation of a new bridleway from FP 38/9 to Highfields Road, which would link up to the new development at Bourn Airfield.
The upgrade of these footpaths to bridleways would enable better, safer, off‐road connections to neighbouring villages for horse riders and cyclists. This should be considered as part of any development proposals in the future. It should also form part of a 'wish list'.
Cambridgeshire County Council has a Local Transport Policy (LTP), which sets out their transport objectives, policies and strategy for the county. A sister document of the LTP is the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP). The County Council updated its ROWIP in 2016 in line with the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. You may wish to consult this document when drafting policies dealing with Non‐Motorised Users (NMU) and the Public Rights of Way network.
Particular interest should be given to Policies S0A1 'Making the Countryside More Accessible', S0A2 'A Safer Activity', S0A3 '57,000 New homes', S0A4 'Knowing what's out there', S0A5 'Filling in the Gaps', and S0A8 'A Better Countryside Environment'- all of which include the need for access for equestrians.