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Client: Taylor Wimpey

Project: Galley Hill

Location: Guisborough

Development: 350 new homes

Introduction and Scoping

This large scale development on the north-western fringe of the historic market town of Guisborough allowed TPS to work with regular client Taylor Wimpey (North East).

At the initiation of the project TPS formed part of the design team, providing advice about the layout of the access junctions and internal arrangements, based upon research into local highway design standards.

Once the layout of the site was stable, TPS completed a comprehensive scoping exercise with regard to the Transport Assessment and Travel Plan reports – agreeing the contents and direction of the documents with the local highway authority. This process helped to avoid long running post-submission discussions with the highway officers as all variables were agreed in advance of the reports being completed.

Reporting

Quality submission documents were provided to Taylor Wimpey, the design team and the local authority as part of the planning application, and the Transport Assessment (TA) included:

  • Detailed local and national transport planning policy analysis;
  • A rigorous assessment of the local transport options and accessibility features of the site;
  • A TRICS based trip generation calculation;
  • A traffic distribution exercise based upon local turning counts;
  • Future year traffic growth calculations using TEMPRO;
  • Junction modelling using ARCADY, PICADY and LINSIG; and
  • Local highway accident analysis.

Accompanying the TA was a detailed Travel Plan (TP), which looked at the best ways to positively influence sustainable travel behaviour in this location. Our report looked at measures to provide information for new residents, to encourage adoption of sustainable travel modes, and monitoring and reporting procedures to ensure that the TP remains relevant and active for the period of the development.

Planning Appeal

Following the planning submission, the application was refused planning permission by local councillors, despite officer recommendations. Taylor Wimpey therefore took the case to appeal and as a result, the TPS highways work was subject to a keen level of scrutiny by those objecting to the proposed scheme. As with the initial scoping and the report submission, our work was found to be accurate and relevant, ensuring that the developers were successful with their planning appeal.

Following the conclusion of the project, TPS were thanked by Taylor Wimpey for the high quality of their submissions, flexibility in approaching the appeal to gather evidence and commitment to ensuring that every aspect of the proposed scheme had been given full consideration.