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CycleSheffield objects to the application as it fails to contribute to facilitating active travel on the major roads immediately adjoining the site and in fact significantly degrades the existing active travel provision on Penistone Road.
In particular we object to the removal of the cycle path on Penistone Road and its replacement by a motor vehicle slip road. We also object to the failure to provide an upgraded crossing over Herries Road South which was a condition for previous applications to develop this site. We also object to the loss of priority for people walking and cycling over the new site entrances.
Penistone Road is one of the most well used radial cycle routes into and out of North West Sheffield. It is one of the very few cycle routes in Sheffield on a major arterial road which is separated from motor traffic. It forms part of the strategic National Cycle Network and the Upper Don Trail and the City Council has identified it as a top priority for upgrading in the latest DfT submission.
In the application the current Penistone Road cycleway has been removed and replaced by a motor vehicle slip road which has been added to Penistone Road, reducing current space provision to a shared footway.
Instead of removing active travel infrastructure the developer and SCC must ensure that active travel infrastructure is now built to the LTN 01/20 standards as part of this development, including widening the existing cycle/footpath.
The developer should be required to make space and pay for, or at least contribute to, the controlled crossing at the Penistone Road / Herries Road South junction which is urgently needed.
There should be no loss of priority for people walking and cycling at any junctions or site entrances. The cycle and footway should be continuous over these, in line with modern design standards.
All of these issues have been well-documented in the discussion and comments on previous applications for this site and we would have hoped that these would have formed the starting point of the pre-application process with the planning authority which has apparently taken place.