We were instructed to prepare a Transport Assessment and Framework Travel Plan in support of a Planning Application for the redevelopment of a former commercial site off The Causeway in Staines. Planning permission was sought for a Wickes and Travis Perkins led Trade Park, which included a number of other complimentary units including Toolstation, Benchmarx, Tile Giant, City Plumbing and a Greggs sandwich shop.
Issues & Solutions
The application site had a number of former uses on it so a key issue in the development of the Transport Assessment was estimating the historic or ‘fall-back’ traffic levels, to enable a future assessment of the site (post-development) in terms of the change in traffic that would be expected on the local highway network. A variety of trip-rates were agreed through scoping with Surrey County Council, the respective highway authority, and beyond this a selection of off-site junctions were identified that might need detailed capacity assessments undertaken for. We were pleased that through the agreement of the trip rates and an assessment of the overall net trip impact of the proposed development as part of the transportation planning, that it was possible to demonstrate changes traffic would be low in real terms, thus minimising the eventual need for junction capacity assessments.
The conclusions of our Transport Assessment were accepted by Surrey County Council, who in turn made a positive recommendation to the Runneymead Borough Council that, in highway terms, there was no valid reason not to support the Planning Application. Runneymead Borough Council granted planning permission in June 2017.
Post-planning, Cotswold Transport Planning remain involved in the project assisting with the discharge of conditions, and preparing to deliver a Travel Plan Coordination training seminar, to the future on-site manager.