Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Access Problems
- Excessive traffic congestion
- Lack of parking facilities
- Inadequate servicing and turning arrangements
- Poor highway infrastructure
- Lack of sustainable transport
- Detrimental to highway safety
- Poor or lack of construction details
- Inadequate highway information to validate your planning application
These are all common reasons for the refusal of a planning application or which may prevent its implementation and are matters which Sanderson Associates address on a daily basis providing satisfactory solutions in over 97% of projects we were appointed on for our clients.
Solutions to Highway Planning Matters
Often the provision of empirical information such as radar speed or traffic surveys linked to the correct interpretation of the appropriate national standards can resolve planning issues as may the use of computer swept path analysis of the proposed layout for service or emergency vehicle access.
Investigation of present parking demand and the use of a nationally accepted database of traffic and parking generations (TRICS) can also determine spare capacity with reference to local authority parking standards, which are now normally stated as a ‘maximum provision’. However, the recently published National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF March 2012) states that Local Planning Authorities should take a variety of factors into account when setting their parking standards such as the accessibility of the development; the availability of public transport, local car ownership levels and an overall need to reduce the use of high-emission vehicles. In some cases this latest advice would be a switch in focus from that previously taken by the Local Planning Authority.
The provision of Travel Plans to encourage the use of sustainable modes of travel and improvements to footways, bus stops and cycle facilities can mitigate against traffic congestion and are often accepted as part of a package of measures to reduce highway impact concerns on developments.
Comparisons between existing, potential and proposed development traffic flows may provide data which indicates either a balance of traffic flows of levels that may not materially affect the operation of existing junctions and link roads. Computer modelling of priority junctions, traffic signals and roundabouts will determine the present operating capacity and any free capacity to accommodate any increase in demand.
Again NPPF March 2012 changes the focus of assessment of the traffic impact of developments as it states that
"Development should only be prevented or refused on transport grounds where the residual cumulative impact of development are severe."
This change in focus may well support a review of previously rejected proposals.
A package of construction details compliant with national and local standards can be provided ranging from the simplest vehicular footway crossing to detailed scheme plans of major highway improvements or new estate roads.
Lack of supporting documents such as Transport Assessments, Travel Plans and Transport Statements can often result in a refusal by a Planning Authority to validate a planning application leading to possible costly delays in the determination process or at its worse where applications are validated refusal on “lack of information submitted”.
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