Brief

Cotswold Transport Planning were instructed to prepare a Transport Assessment and Residential Travel Plan supporting the redevelopment of Garth Hill Secondary School in Bracknell to serve 89 homes.

Issues & Solutions

Cotswold Transport Planning identified accessibility to Bracknell town centre for walking and cycling as being a key issue. In order to improve accessibility, as part of the development proposals, a new three metre wide footway/cycleway is proposed, which will connect Bull Lane and Sandy Lane to the north and Bracknell town centre to the south via Millennium Way.

These improvements will significantly shorten walking and cycling trips made to the town centre from the north of Millennium Way, which will encourage more trips to be made by sustainable modes of transport and reduce the number of short trips made by car.

In addition Cotswold Transport Planning assisted the project Architect by providing advice on internal highway geometry, parking provision, waste / recycling access and fire authority access including the provision of swept path assessment (vehicle tracking) drawings.

Results

This resulted in planning consent for the redevelopment of Garth Hill Secondary School for 89 dwellings. This follows hot on the heels of planning consent received for the residential redevelopment of the adjacent Wick Hill site, for 61 dwellings, which Cotswold Transport Planning also provided highways and transportation consultancy advice to CALA Homes.