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Development: Spring Lodge, Galley Hill, Brookdale, Churchfields, Ripon Way
Travel Plan Services have been appointed to a framework agreement to provide development planning and travel planning input for Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s leading homebuilders. With a variety of projects under our belt, the crucial work that TPS undertakes for TW covers many aspects of the planning process.
Amongst other things, our work has helped Taylor Wimpey to develop exceptional plans for new housing sites, promote sustainable transport, ensure road safety, and discharge planning conditions. The way that TPS operates ensures that we can offer Taylor Wimpey detailed but cost effective advice on any scale of project.
For more information, please have a look at just a few case studies below, or get in touch with us to find out how we could assist you with realising your residential development.
TPS was appointed to develop a Transport Statement for this 50 unit residential scheme in Guisborough, North Yorkshire.
Despite receiving no objections from the Local Planning Authority highways team, and subsequently being recommended for approval, the scheme was refused permission at planning committee following fierce objections from a local residents group.
TPS were therefore required to prepare supporting evidence to be presented at appeal, which included detailed studies of:
To further support the application TPS were responsible for coordinating independent Road Safety Audits (RSAs), which included the preparation of a designers brief and subsequent designer’s responses.
Prior to reaching appeal the scheme was granted planning approval at re-submission.
Taylor Wimpey commissioned TPS to produce a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan for the proposed residential development on the Galley Hill site to the west of Guisborough. The proposals include the development of approximately 350 residential units, plus the implementation of a new site entrance on Stokesley Road.
The work required from TPS included a detailed TA which included junction modelling of the proposed site entrance as well as two off-site junctions, accident analysis for the vicinity of the development, and a trip generation exercise that took account of the local transport patterns.
The Travel Plan included actions to ensure that the new residents are fully aware of the transport options that are available to them prior to buying a home at the site, and measures to support sustainable travel once the dwellings are occupied. We also provided an assessment to show how easily many local facilities could be accessed from the site using sustainable modes of transport, in particular walking and cycling.
In addition to a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan for this site in North Yorkshire, which were successfully submitted to gain planning approval, TPS has assisted with highway design issues that needed resolution prior to work beginning on site.
Firstly, the layout of the site entrance was debated by members of the local planning authority, and in order to justify the correct solution, TPS produced a detailed technical note discussing the merits of the junction layout. Within this note was analysis of the nature of the major arm of the junction, consideration of the traffic flows, and discussion about the layout of surrounding site accesses. Within the note, TPS included technical information regarding the correct implementation of different junction types, particularly of mini-roundabouts, and was able to prove using the local and national highway design guides that a priority ‘T’ junction would be the appropriate format of site entrance.
As a second task, TPS has helped to rectify design issues found within the Stage 2 Road Safety Audit of the proposed site entrance junction. The RSA2 report noted a number of items that required the designer’s attention, and by using our knowledge of the site, along with engineering and value assessments, TPS was able to create a viable solution that saved the client money in comparison to the original design, whilst complying with the advice of the safety auditor.
A Transport Statement to consider issues raised by local residents was required for this proposed 38 unit development in the village of Carlton Miniott, North Yorkshire. TPS analysed the local transport infrastructure, which included bus and rail services, as well as plentiful active travel opportunities.
A detailed review of the local accident history of the highway network was included in our work, to ensure that the planning submission addressed the concerns of the local population, which were based mainly around road safety. The report produced by TPS used the quantitative evidence of the local authority to ensure a neutral response, accurately demonstrating the local patterns, and addressing this highly emotive issue.
TPS is providing Travel Plan implementation services at this forthcoming premium residential development by Taylor Wimpey. At this early stage in the scheme, TPS has built a bespoke travel website for potential and future residents, and will be providing the sales office with leaflets discussing local travel options.
As the site progresses, travel packs will be made available for residents who require them, echoing the travel information provided online, and once occupation levels reach a critical mass, travel surveys will be distributed to understand how the residents commute from home.