Cambridge 1950: general development proposals

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This map summarises most of the proposals of the authors of the report. One can only imagine the hysteria if some of these proposals were made today, and presumably the chattering classes of 1950 reacted similarly.

The main road proposals are discussed elsewhere. Overall what is most noticeable is how little of the proposed roads ever got built (Elizabeth Way, Barnwell Road, Clerk Maxwell Road, Gough Way, Davy Road, the Rustat Road extension) and how long it took to build those that were completed. This is symptomatic of the English planning for transport: lots of hot air and very little action, and those schemes that are built are often decades late.

The most interesting of the remaining proposals is to do with development west of Trumpington Road on land bordering Grantchester Meadows. This was deemed "suitable for development" and "bespoken for building development" in 1950. This idea was re-suscitated in 2003, although in 1950 the main proposal was for school grounds (hard to see why that was needed there) and in 2003 it was for housing. The chattering classes currently deem Grantchester Meadows to be sacrosanct and therefore land next to Grantchester Meadows is also for some reason sacrosanct (except of course for the land which contains the housing they themselves occupy, e.g. on Latham Road), and this proposal received very short shrift in 2003, as presumably also did the one in 1950.

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