Ridgeons on Nuffield Road have applied for planning permission to expand the buildings on their site and to extend their opening hours. Nuffield Road is currently one of the major cycle and pedestrian access routes to Cambridge North, and will be a key access point to the Chisholm Trail. Along with its junior school, housing for the elderly, and a doctor's surgery, this makes it unsuitable as access to an industrial estate.
In 2012 the Lib Dems made sure the busway route to the new station was a road, anticipating a future chance to allow road access to the industrial estate.
Growing Ridgeons will attract more traffic including heavy goods vehicles along Green End Road and Nuffield Road, so we propose:
- opening the section of the busway between Milton Road and Nuffield Close to traffic to serve the Trinity Hall Farm estate and Ridgeons.
- closing Nuffield Road off to motor vehicles on the corner, past the entrance to the allotments
Any planning permission granted to Ridgeons to expand their Nuffield Road site should have a condition that they contribute to this scheme.
If unsuccessful, we demand that the City Deal fund this as a measure to reduce the congestion caused by delivery traffic to the industrial estate.
PS You might also want to read about Labour's plans for dangerous cycle lanes along Nuffield Road.
In the interests of safety of users of Nuffield Road:
We the undersigned call on Cambridge City Council to make any planning permission for Ridgeons' expansion conditional on them committing to fund an alternative vehicle access to Nuffield Road via the busway spur and Nuffield Close.