Expansion of the Cambridge City Cycle Network through the planning process

By News Editor / Updated: 17 Aug 2020

A new statutory planning guidance document adopted by the City Council identifies strategic cycle routes through proposed areas of urban expansion and ensures the protection and delivery by developers of these routes.

Within the next 10 years Cambridge City will undergo major changes in the form of large urban expansions to the north, south, east and west and an area of regeneration around the railway station. This is predicted to lead to a population growth of 40%. It was recognised that these areas of expansion must be well connected to the city and surrounding villages with high quality cycle routes in order to ensure that the strong cycling culture within the city is carried into these new areas of development. It was also recognised that the expansion of the city provided a unique opportunity to significantly enhance and expand the current city cycle network.In order to achieve this a planning guidance document was drawn up which would supplement the new Local Plan. The objectives of this document are to expand and enhance the current city cycle network by:
  • identifying and safeguarding strategic cycle routes through the city urban expansions as defined in the re-deposited Local Plan and ensuring their delivery by developers
  • identifying potential new cycle links to and from these areas of urban expansion to be funded through planning obligations.
Cycle routes are mapped out on 5 maps corresponding to each area as above and each link is numbered and described in the document.Three different types of route are detailed:1) Identified routes within the urban expansion. The alignment of these routes is unlikely to change significantly and they generally use existing infrastructure such as rights of way, permissive cycle paths and disused railway lines.2) Indicative cycle routes within the urban expansion. These routes are mapped as direct lines linking transport generators and/or the current cycle network but the alignment of the routes will not be agreed until there is more information about the layout of the site itself.3) Links to the urban expansions. These would provide convenient and direct routes where none currently exist but are outside the urban expansions and therefore subject to negotiation and consultation.This project involved initial consultation with Cambridgeshire County Council (the Highway Authority) and local cycling group and the draft document was then circulated to stakeholders including the University, Colleges, Sustrans, neighbouring District Council and major developers for consultation.The document was adopted as supplementary planning guidance by Cambridge City Council in June 2004.
Walking and cycling
United Kingdom
Cambridge City Council
Clare Rankin
01 Jan 1971
17 Aug 2020