Dynamo has objected to planning application 19/01158 for 37 dwellings on green fields on Bowerham Lane between Hala and the M6 as follows:
Dynamo (Lancaster & District Cycle Campaign) objects to this application as there is no provision in the plans to encourage cycling to/from this new development. Policy DM 20 of Lancaster City Council’s Development Plan (Sept 2015) states: “Proposals should minimise the need to travel, particularly by private car, and maximise the opportunities for the use of walking, cycling and public transport”.
The City Council – which this year declared a climate emergency – is permitting small-scale developments piecemeal (e.g. 25 houses just south of this site – ref 18/01413) without looking at the bigger picture. An extra 20 houses here and 30 houses there make the roads busier – and hence the on-road cycle routes like Bowerham Road more off-putting to would-be cyclists. Where are the essential infrastructure links and improvements to promote sustainable transport?
Moreover, these mini-developments are, cumulatively, impacting on the poor air quality of Lancaster while practically nothing is done to compensate for this.
With e-bikes, the hill up to this development is within the range of many people, so the topography is not a reason not to promote cycling.