Cotswold Transport Planning were appointed to design a new vehicular access to serve a listed cottage in Gretton, Gloucestershire. The cottage does not currently benefit from on-site parking and pervious applications had failed to obtain planning permission because the previous access proposals had involved removal/modification of the dry stone wall that formed the boundary frontage. For this application, the client obtained a section of the neighbouring property’s garden and approached Cotswold Transport Planning to design a safe and suitable access to serve the property.

Issues & Solutions

To ensure suitable emerging visibility splays could be achieved at the access, a speed survey was undertaken and a vehicular crossover access was designed with visibility splays commensurate to the 85th percentile speed of traffic on the adjoining road. A swept path analysis using AutoTrack was also undertaken to ensure vehicles could manoeuvre in and out of the access safely and turn around within the site.

Due to the listed status of the cottage and with consideration of its locality being in a Cotswold village, the local Parish Council were consulted on the type of surfacing that would be appropriate for such an access.


Planning permission was granted and a Section 184 Licence was obtained for the construction of a vehicular crossover over a footway and verge.

"Brendan and all the team were amazing. They helped us achieve what seemed to be the impossible. They worked so hard and whilst managing our expectations at every level, they pushed the boundaries!! We got planning where many previous applications failed.. well done @cotswold!"

New Access In Gretton