Cotswold Transport Planning were appointed to consider the existing transport infrastructure and the potential issues from the proposed 90 dwellings.
The suitability of the new vehicular access to serve phase one, together with a review of the vehicular access to serve phases two and three was required, together with establishing pedestrian connections to existing infrastructure and reviewing the traffic impact of the development on the adjacent highway network as part of the wider transportation planning project.
Issues & Solutions
The main issue was to ensure that the vehicular access was suitable for an initial phase of 90 dwellings, as well as being suitable for future phases. On this basis an outline application with all matters reserved was submitted which demonstrated two access options; a simple priority junction (to serve the initial phase) and a right turn lane (to accommodate future phases). This will provide flexibility to the developer in the future and allow future phases to be developed. The two access options were subject to independent Road Safety Audits, with the visibility splays based on recorded speeds in order to reduce the amount of vegetation that will need to be removed.
A key element of the proposals was to demonstrate that a suitable pedestrian connection could be provided to existing infrastructure. This was not straightforward given that a culverted watercourse exists between the site and the existing footway. Therefore, a topographical survey of the culvert and surrounding land was commissioned, with a drawing produced demonstrating the optimum location for the footway across the watercourse.
A review of the traffic generation and distribution was undertaken, together with an impact review of the Old Gloucester Road / Tewkesbury Road signal controlled junction. This concluded that the impact of the development on this junction was not severe.
Cotswold Transport Planning prepared a Transport Assessment, Travel Plan, Non-Motorised User Audit, Road Safety Audits, access drawings, swept path analysis and provided Masterplanning inputs in order to assess and mitigate the impact of the development.
The proposed development was unanimously granted planning permission by Cheltenham Borough Council’s Planning Committee.