This is a response to the application from Brent Cyclists, the Brent group of the London Cycling Campaign.
We wish to object to this application, as the unsatisfactory cycle access it proposes is inconsistent with the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and the planning brief for the site. It does not create ‘new pedestrian and cycle links that contribute to the integration of the site with Colindale and Mill Hill’, as required in the brief. Critical to doing this would be creation of a good-quality cycle link to Bunn’s Lane, usable by all types of cycles and all cyclists without dismounting, plus improvements to the very poor cycling environment of Bunn’s Lane. The links to the (itself poor-quality) cycle track (shared pavement) on the east side of A1 from the site will also remain very poor and uninviting, with steep indirect ramps and an intimidating tunnel with blind bends, none of which were ever designed with cycling in mind. We would expect a residential development here to be used as an opportunity to fix these long-standing problems, but current plans fail to do this, hence our objection.