Feasibility of Developing a Site
The National Planning Policy Framework (paragraph 109) states that development should only be prevented or refused on highways grounds if there would be an unacceptable impact on highway safety, or the residual cumulative impacts on the road network would be severe. This leads developers asking will our development have an unacceptable impact on highway safety or severe impact on the local road network? followed up by; will this have any implications of the level of development we can accommodate on the site? These are questions which we can help to resolve.
Resolving and justifying site access arrangements:
- We advise land owners and developers on the anticipated impact of their proposed development on the road network. This information is then used to provide advice as to what would be deemed a suitable level of development on-site, to minimise the potential of a severe off-site highway impact.
- The location, and whether it can be considered to be sustainable or not. We focus on how accessible a site is for encouraging travel by sustainable modes (walking, cycling, public transport), Cotswold Transport Planning are able to efficiently review and advise as to whether a site can be considered to be ‘sustainably located’.
We use our experience and where necessary supported by our industry-approved capacity modelling software to advise on the level of development that can be safely accommodated without having a detrimental impact on the highway network. This will enable maximisation of the overall development potential of the site.
If you are considering developing a site or submitting a planning application, and would be interested in receiving an initial up-front professional view regarding any highways or transportation matters, then please feel free to contact us.