Pedals response to Rushcliffe BC Planning Application ref 18/02920/HYBRID: Land On Wilford Lane West Bridgford: Hybrid application comprising full planning permission for construction of Lidl retail units (Class A1), café / restaurant (Class A3), and drinking establishment (Class A4), along with associated highway works including new access off Wilford Lane, servicing, landscaping and boundary treatments, and outline planning permission (with all matters reserved except for access) for residential uses (Class C3)
Our main concerns are these:-
- The potentially greatly increased risk of conflict between cyclists and motor vehicles in the now usually very quiet area of The Becket Way just south of the Becket School entrance when this becomes the main motor vehicle access to the new Lidl Store. This will include the safety of cyclists riding between the very popular tramside path and the shared path on the east side of The Becket Way connecting via the Wilford Lane / Bede Ling toucan crossing to the upgraded path between that crossing and the Rushcliffe Arena etc. This we assume is very likely to attract a lot more users, once all the upgrades and new connections are completed, including comprehensive direction signage of this now quite extensive useful ‘mini-network’ of (mostly) traffic-free paths.
- The risk of conflict between cyclists and motor vehicles at the junction of the shared path on the north side of Wilford Lane and motor vehicles using the new access road proposed opposite Roko, near the proposed Retirement Complex in the south-east corner of the site. The layout of this will need very careful design, to minimise the risk of conflict and including raising the level of the shared path where it crosses the access road, and giving it priority, as well as clear signs and markings.
- It would also be useful, in the interests of making the whole development more permeable for cyclists (and pedestrians) if it was possible to create a short shared path link on the east side of the development, near the proposed residential apartments, connecting to the existing shared path north of the Bede Ling toucan crossing (connecting to and from Gresham Park Road).
- We are aware of the increased general concern in this area about the increased levels of traffic on Wilford Lane, etc., the prospect of these increasing even further with the completion of the nearby Wilford Fields housing development, and now also these proposals, and their very serious air quality and public health consequences. These make it all the more vital to ensure comprehensive encouragement of the use of sustainable modes, including cycling and walking, as well as trams and buses, with much more selective use of private motor vehicles.