Planning application on New Quay Road, Lancaster

This planning application is for the demolition of industrial units and the building of 263 homes. Reference 16/00276/OUT.

This is Dynamo’s objection:

Dynamo (Lancaster & District Cycle Campaign) objects to this application on the following grounds:

  • This site is already in use as an industrial estate and hence is commercially significant to Lancaster. We need to maintain and increase employment in Lancaster as well as provide homes. Even if this development goes ahead, there will still be some industrial units on the site, so the mix of increased residential traffic with large lorries is worrying and seems very inappropriate.
  • This development makes no extra provision for cycling or walking; it simply piggy-backs onto the existing path along the river and proposes to maintain an existing route from Willow Lane. If you wish to encourage sustainable travel, there needs to be more than an exit point onto Willow Lane. There should be better provision for pedestrian and cycle permeability between this site and the adjacent sites. Piecemeal developments like this with impermeable external boundaries often result in long walking routes to houses in the next development.
  • Any development should extend the shared-use path on St George’s Quay to the end of the public road. Residents will not only want to cycle into Lancaster along the river but will also want to head south for a leisure ride to Conder Green and Glasson Dock. This development will inevitably increase motor traffic along New Quay Road; the least it can do in mitigation is to ensure that there is a decent route for pedestrians and cyclists the whole length of the road.

About lancasterdynamo

Dynamo is a cycling group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
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2 Responses to Planning application on New Quay Road, Lancaster

  1. Dan says:

    It seems the Lancashire Constabulary recommendations are at odds with your permeability suggestion. Maybe this is something you can resolve with the police for this and future developments.

    • Yes, sadly there is that tension (or stand-off) in our country between the liberal, optimistic view that sees cut-throughs and alleyways as part of a civilised design to encourage convivial and congenial ways of living and moving, and the defensive – even hostile – approach that sees paths as breaches in the perimeter wall through which thieves and vandals will attack your property. Lancashire Constabulary would say that they’re being realistic. But it’s so depressing – particularly when you cycle easily through residential estates in the Netherlands or Germany. Is it just something about Britain?

      My MOST depressing memory in this regard is a forum several years ago where residents from Claughton expressed their vehement opposition to the extension of the Lune shared-use path beyond Caton towards Wray on the grounds that their houses would be burgled. Perhaps it would have increased the risk – which is also depressing – but that kind of attitude will only continue to keep us all in our bunkers (and cars).

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