Following an intensive 6 months, the DCO Examination for Northampton Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange closed on 9 April. This concludes nearly 3 years of work for us, during which we developed and agreed the transport mitigation package for the scheme with Highways England and Northamptonshire County Council – including a major upgrade of M1 J15 and the A45, and a bypass for the village of Roade. We prepared the Transport Assessment and Technical Notes that supported the Environmental Statement, attended various consultation events with the public, parish councils and other stakeholders, and provided expert witness services throughout the Examination and at the hearings held by the Planning Inspectorate. We now have to wait until 9 October for the Planning Inspectorate to make their recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, and for the Secretary of State to make the final decision.
Working in conjunction with Pegasus Group, ADC provided highways advice to support the successful application, for a new battery storage facility at Silver Spinney Farm, Deanshanger in Northamptonshire.
The highway outside the development was derestricted and high vehicle speed would have potentially precluded development. ADC provided the evidence to justify that the visibility from the site access was sufficient for the vehicle speeds. In addition, ADC also undertook vehicle tracking to show the navigation in and out of the site with large delivery vehicles.
David Wilson Homes’ application for the reserved matters associated with 360 houses on their site north of Grange Road has been approved. The houses form part of the consented outline application for 2,700 houses at South East Coalville that we helped gain consent for in 2015. The reserved matters application was supported by our access design and Travel Plan, and has been designed to allow connections through the new development to the west, and anticipates the future development to the east.
We are pleased to receive the news that the proposal submitted for student accommodation at Stanley House in Talbot Street, Nottingham, has received planning permission. The proposal was to convert the current office building to 106 student accommodation units. We provided a Transport Statement and Travel Plan, focussed on the location of the site and its access to sustainable transport and local services that allows a largely car-free facility.
A £6.6m project to transform the derelict Robin Hood Hotel in Lombard Street, Newark, into a 66 bedrooms Travelodge will start this summer after planning permission was approved. There will also be three leisure units, a gym, café and restaurant built on the site. Newark & Sherwood District Council approved the application by MF Strawson, supported by our Transport Assessment and Travel Plan. The trickiest items for us were dealing with concerns about drop offs and pick ups on the busy surrounding town centre roads where parking is banned.
We are working with Harworth Group on the redevelopment of the former Ironbridge Power Station. On Friday we were treated to an inside view of a (soon to be demolished) cooling tower, which we think is rather awesome.
We are pleased to announce that the extension to Hotel Chocolat’s factory in Huntingdon was given full planning approval yesterday. We provided the Transport Assessment and Travel Plan to support the 7,781sqm extension of the existing facility off Redwongs Way in Huntingdon.
The expansion more than doubles the area of the manufacturing facility, and is being provided to increase production capacity and the companies plans for growth.