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A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Preferred Route consultation

Decision Maker: Executive Councillor for Transport and Community Safety

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


1. Discuss and agree key points to make in response to the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Preferred Route consultation.
2. Agree to delegate the wording of the final joint response and any individual response to the consultation to the Strategy & Economy Manager, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Community Safety.


Matter for Decision

The purpose of the report was to inform Cambridge City Council’s response to the current A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Detailed Alignment consultation, by setting out response points to inform discussion and agreement of key issues to inform a full response being agreed by the Executive Councillor in an out of cycle decisionin consultation with Chair and Spokes and submitted ahead of the consultation deadline.


Decision of Executive Councilor for Transport and Community Safety.


  i.  Noted the key response points to the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Preferred Route consultation.

  ii.  Agreed the wording of a final joint response and/or any individual response published through an out of cycle decision, in consultation with Chair and Spokes.


Reason for the Decision

As set out in the Officer’s report.


Any Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Not applicable.


Scrutiny Considerations

The Committee received a report from the Principal Planning Policy Officer.


The report set out key response points for discussion, to be refined following the meeting. Discussion with South Cambridgeshire District Council suggests that there is potential to include Cambridge’s comments within a joint response, potentially also with other partners.


In response to Member’s comments and questions the Principal Planning Policy Officer said the following:

  i.  The preferred choice for the Oxford to Cambridge arc would go either via Cambourne or Bassingbourn entering Cambridge via the south.

  ii.  The draft response would expand on the different projects undertaken by the Greater Cambridge Partnership schemes and the impact on the city acknowledged.

Following a general discussion the Committee noted the critical importance of the A428 being considered as part of a coherently planned local and regional transport network, that of necessity should interact and integrate with capacity being provided elsewhere.


The Committee unanimously endorsed the Officer recommendations


The Executive Councillor approved the recommendations.


Conflicts of Interest Declared by the Executive Councillor (and any Dispensations Granted)


No conflicts of interest were declared by the Executive Councillor.


Publication date: 23/01/2020

Date of decision: 16/07/2019