At the wonderfully named Crowland, with its lovely three sided Trinity Bridge, we have been supporting an outline application for up to 45 dwellings. The site fronts on to the narrow Crease Drove. We designed highway improvements, but the application was still refused on the grounds of highway safety, the County Council believing the works to be undeliverable. Following further explanation, an appeal was allowed, the Inspector concluded that there were reasonable prospects that the works would be deliverablable, and that they could be secured by a Grampian style condition.
This project started with access options to determine what could be achieved given the constrained entrance. Having found a solution, the following steps were straight forward, as we produced a Transport Statement to support the outline application for up to 37 dwellings. That application has just been granted consent.
From a first telephone call on 28 April, to permission granted today, with the applicant wishing to have no conditions, it has taken just 14 weeks to successfully gain consent for a B8 trade counter unit in Bedford. For us the main issue was car parking, and the number of spaces required given the retail element. We got there with a couple of iterations and help from a responsive highways officers at Bedford Borough Council. Team work provided by Tungsten Properties, Pegasus Group, and HTC Architects.
Sometimes our successes can be highly technical, but nevertheless important. Having supported a planning application for 500 dwellings, school and retail units at land to the west of Toton Lane in Nottingham, the permission was conditional on works to M1 J25. Following further analysis and detailed traffic modelling, we have persuaded Highways England they can remove that condition, saving our client considerable time and cost.
A development of 36 houses on Swepstone Road has been allowed at appeal. The main reason for refusal was landscape impact, but nevertheless the Inspector responded to considerable local objections by confirming our findings that the scheme would not be unacceptable on highway safety grounds.
Miller Homes’ resubmitted planning application for 170 dwellings at Oaks Road was approved at Harborough’s planning committee by a squeeky 6 votes to 5. Considerable objections on every front by Hands Off Great Glen had to be rebutted over many months, following the refusal of the original application that has been scheduled for appeal by Public Inquiry in October. Despite no objection from Leicestershire County Council, additional camera and journey time surveys were necessary to evidence the traffic conditions on Oaks Road and address objections on the basis of road safety due to parked cars.