When the station square is busy with pedestrians and vehicles, cyclists find it difficult to pass through the area. A new route is proposed which would take cyclists approaching from north or south round the back of buildings and avoid the main station square.
The plan is based on one suggested by the Cambridge Cycling Campaign and would include a special cycle path past the two new buildings (B2 and F2 in the attached image) proposed for the station car park, and along Great Northern Road for a short distance. Special crossing points would be created on Great Northern Road and Station Road.
Planning permission for buildings F2 (offices) and B2 (apart-hotel and two floors of car parking) was refused by the City Council’s Planning Committee partly because the route between the proposed buildings for pedestrians and cyclists was not good enough. Landscaping proposals were also poor. Proposals for the 21m tall B2 building included extending it far beyond its extent in earlier plans – meaning it would come much too close to the cycle bridge and dominate the skyline for Devonshire Road residents.
A new application from Brookgate, the developer, is expected but Petersfield Labour councillors have pointed out to them that new proposals with few trees are just not acceptable.