Comments for Planning Application 18/00460/HYBRID

Mr Hugh McClintock (for Pedals: Nottingham Cycling Campaign),

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Comments were submitted at 4:11 PM on 08 Mar 2018 from Mr Hugh McClintock (for Pedals: Nottingham Cycling Campaign).

Application Summary

Address: Land South Of Landmere Lane Edwalton Nottinghamshire

Proposal: Hybrid application comprising Full planning permission for the erection of an Aldi food store (Use Class A1), together with car parking, landscaping and associated works, and Outline planning permission (all matters reserved except for access) for a care home and extra care apartments

Case Officer: Lewis Marshall

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Customer Details

Name: Mr Hugh McClintock (for Pedals: Nottingham Cycling Campaign)

Email: Hugh.McClintock@ntlworld.com

Address: 162 Musters Road West Bridgford Nottingham

Comments Details

Commenter Type: Other Body

Stance: Customer made comments neither objecting to or supporting the Planning Application

Reasons for comment:

Comments:

Pedals welcomes the references in the documentation accompanying this application to the need to encourage access by bike (e.g. in paragraph 2.19 of the Transport Assessment), including the proposed installation of 10 cycle hoops, We would however prefer these to be located much closer to the main store entrance and for them to be covered. This would be of practical value, resulting in a more convenient site, and would help to encourage bike usage, especially if reinforced by a separate more direct shared cycle and pedestrian access just east of the store, rather than the main access shared with motor vehicles.

This direct access point should be connected as directly and coherently as possible to the present and proposed shared paths alongside the A606 (Melton Road) in the Edwalton area. These links, if well-designed and implemented, should certainly help further to encourage cycle access, particularly since current conditions for cyclists on nearby stretches of Melton Road, especially less confident ones, are certainly not safe and attractive. For this reason we would like to challenge strongly the statement in paragraph 2.21 of the Transport Assessment that ….”Melton Road is considered to be adequate for cyclists to access the proposed development, when travelling to and from Edwalton.”

Paragraph 2.21 of the Transport Assessment states, very inaccurately, that “there are no identified cycle routes within the area.” This appears to take no account even of existing routes such as the shared paths by the A606 (Melton Road) in the Edwalton area and the cycle lanes on Melton Road between Edwalton and West Bridgford (Melton Road shops) installed by Nottinghamshire County Council in Spring / Summer 2017, let alone proposed routes including the shared path on the west side of the A606, financed by developer contributions, that is due soon to be installed to connect the shared paths in the vicinity of the site with the cycle lanes to the north (north of the Village Street, Edwalton, junction).

Paragraph 2.20 of the Transport Assessment makes reference to the advice in the former PPG13 that “cycling has the potential to replace short car trips, particularly under 5km” but does not then follow up consistently how this potential might be exploited in the case of this site. This includes not only encouraging cycle access between the proposed store and the Edwalton areas and other nearby parts of West Bridgford but also encouraging cycle access between this site and the Ruddington area, using both the proposed upgraded subway under the A52 connecting the Sharp Hill area and Landmere Lane north of the A52 with Landmere Lane and Old Loughborough Road etc. on the south side.

These subway upgrading plans, now being considered by Highways England, in cooperation with the County and Borough Councils, could be of great potential benefit in promoting cycle use in the area, for various purposes, including commuting, shopping, educational and leisure trips, especially with the implementation of other new cycle facilities as part of the major new housing developments in the Sharp Hill / Melton Road / Edwalton areas. These include cycle (and bus) only links at the south end of the spine road through the Sharp Hill area, west of Melton Road, connecting to the north end of Musters Road. This could also be an attractive and useful link to encourage cycle use in the catchment area, especially with growing popularity of e-bikes which make cycling in hilly areas a much more viable option for many people, especially elderly cyclists.
There are also likely to be other potential new connections for cyclists across the nearby A52, as part of the changes likely to be implemented in the next few years by Highways England at the Lings Bar junction, as part of their wider A52 Nottingham Major Project scheme. These also offer the potential for greatly improved cycle links between Tollerton, Plumtree, Keyworth and the Edwalton area, connecting to other existing and possible new and upgraded routes in West Bridgford.

We would also like to challenge paragraph 5.18 of the Transport Assessment and its statement that “Optimisation of the existing highway network has also been considered to prioritise public transport, walking and cycling facilities.” As far as cycling facilities are concerned we have the distinct impression from the layout of some of the recently built A606 shared path facilities in the Edwalton area that, with the substantial time and distance penalty often incurred in using them, the priority in their design has been to respond to the needs of drivers, for smooth traffic flows with minimal loss of time, regardless of what that implies for making facilities attractive and safe for vulnerable road users. This is despite Rule 170, in the section on Road Junctions, of the Highway Code which says:-

“Take extra care at junctions. You should

– Watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists, powered wheelchairs/mobility scooters and pedestrians as they are not always easy to see. Be aware that they may not have seen or heard you if you are approaching from behind”

Cycling provision needs to be much more direct and convenient to use, as well as safe, if cycling is to achieve its full potential as means of daily urban transport for short trips. We endorse the aims of the ‘Turning the Corner’ campaign launched by British Cycling in 2016, and think that there should, as a general rule, not be a requirement for cyclists to give way to turning motorists since they are not required to do so if they remain on the carriageway.

Hugh McClintock
for Pedals (Nottingham Cycling Campaign)
March 2018