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Appeal – Great Glen

On behalf of Miller Homes, we provided expert witness services, presenting evidence on highways mattters at the recent public inquiry against the refusal of an application for 170 houses on Oaks Road in Great Glen. While Harborough Borough Council offered no case in the end, the Parish Council and local objectors formed the Rule 6 Party and put up three highways witnesses. They also presented evidence on planning, landscape, the housing supply, drainage, and other matters. We await the Inspector’s report.

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a win at Waltham

Melton Borough Council have resolved to grant planning consent to a development of 60 dwellings on Melton Road in Waltham on the Wolds.  In transport terms the proposal was relatively straightforward, the harder work having been completed for the previously consented application for 45 dwellings to the north.  In planning terms, the situation was far from simple, with three other proposals in the village also seeking consent, leading to three previous deferrals by the planning committee. Well done to Pegasus Group for negotiating that maze.

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road approval

Peveril Securities and Charterpoint sought permission for a new road at Wilmot Lane in Beeston, in advance of a planning application for the residential and retail use it would serve.  Working with Marchini Curran on the layout, we designed the road and the application has been approved by Broxtowe Borough Council.  We are now working up the detailed design to enable a further application to have the road adopted and tidy up some complicated land ownership issues.​

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appeal allowed – Middlegate Road, Kirton

A scheme for 195 houses for Larkfleet has been allowed at appeal following refusal by Boston Borough Council.  While there was no highways reason for refusal, the Rule 6 party objected about various highways issues.  The Inspector agreed with the conclusions of our Transport Assessment, that safe and suitable access would be provided, and found no evidence to support the objectors’ concerns.

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Redhill success

Gedling Borough Council have approved MF Strawson and Barwood Homes’ planning application for 70 dwellings on the former Metallifacture/DURA site on the A60 Mansfield Road at Redhill in Nottingham.  Assessment of the access capacity was the difficult issue, as the A60 is a busy road and our evidence base included videos of neighbouring residential streets with access on to the A60 to backup theoretical junction models.

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Lincoln Science and Innovation Park

Lincoln City Council have just approved Phase 2 of the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park – a joint venture between the University of Lincoln and Lincoln Co-op.  The proposal consisted of 11,676sqm of B1 office and research and development uses.  Our biggest challenge was producing a network model of three linked junctions, including the large Triton Road/Brayford Way gyratory.  We successfully demonstrated that the junctions could accommodate the additional development traffic.

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appeal allowed – Crowland

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.

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