A Planning proposal has been added for 145 homes on the old Parker Pen Site. There are further plans on the drawing board for substantially more houses on the adjoining Eastside. Cycle Seahaven are always keen to see if local development correctly considers the needs of people who choose to make journeys by bicycle, so we have looked at the plans and have come to some initial conclusions
The online Access Statement mentions cycle parking spaces: “1 secure cycle space per 2 bed house and 1 & 2 bed flats are proposed. 2 secure spaces per 3 & 4 bed house are also proposed. Additional spaces for visitors will be provided at the entrances to the flats in the form of ‘Sheffield’ type hoops.”. Very encouraging so far.
The Transport Assessment states that the development will aim “To give priority to safe movement and access by pedestrians, cyclists and public transport” and “2.4.7 Policy T7 – Provision for Cyclists states that ‘the District Council will seek, where appropriate, cycle routes, cycle priority measures and secure cycle parking to be provided as a part of new development.” However, the same document goes on to state “5.3.6 Cycle access will be available on carriageway on the onsite streets as is the case for the surrounding streets. No segregated cycleways or shared cycle footways are proposed.”.
Sharing the road with cars is a given, so were are unsure how the above lack of specific cycleways equates to how the Concept Master Plan will achieve: “additional pedestrian and cycle links through the site…”, or how this gives priority for cycles.
The planners are likely to point to the Travel Demand (Section 6 of the Transport Assessment), where cycling has a pretty low predicted 96 journeys per week. But, if there were dedicated cycle lanes between this development the local schools, shops, surgeries, businesses and churches then cycle take-up would be much higher. Also consider the newly proposed University Technical College and the expansion of Newhaven Growth Quarter on Denton Island. Factor in the new Egrets Way walking/cycle route to Lewes and the Ouse Estuary Trail to Seaford, there are lots of places that can be connected by bike, all on level ground and all very easily accessible by bike, scooter or disability chair.
You can find the planning application by clicking HERE and searching for LW/14/0188
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