Brief

Cotswold Transport Planning (CTP) were appointed by Bovis Homes to advise on the highway and transportation matters associated with a reserved matters submission for 137 dwellings in Cam, Stroud.

Issues & Solutions

Bovis Homes received an objection from Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) in relation to the layout of a residential development in Cam. GCC raised concerns regarding emergency and refuse vehicle access. GCC also stated that some of the shared surface areas were not safe and suitable and that visibility was restricted within the site.

It was CTP’s task to overturn the highway objection, within the existing layout constraints, given that outline approval had been granted and that the layout had been approved by the Council’s urban designer.

CTP worked closely with the project team and GCC, producing numerous iterations of drawings to demonstrate to GCC that the layout was safe and suitable. CTP also had a meeting with GCC to work through some of the more detailed layout concerns. CTP liaised with Bovis Homes and the architect to ensure that the highway requirements did not dominate the layout and require significant amendments to the design strategy.

Results

GCC withdrew their objection, and planning permission was granted with only minor changes to the layout.