Berry Farm, Bursledon

Those that have been with us since the beginning will know that we are very familiar with Hamble, having previously been based within the village centre. Although our offices have since relocated, Paul Basham Associates frequently return to the village and have helped Barratt Homes secure consent for 166 new homes at Berry Farm on Hamble Lane. 

The Brief

Our team were first approached at the early land appraisal stage when the proposals began as 125 homes with a 70 bed extra care facility, and using our first-hand knowledge of the local road network were able to provide sound advice to inform the initial development proposals from a highways opportunities and constraints perspective.

Our Approach

Initial pre-application advice was taken from Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC) and Hampshire County Council (HCC), through which we identified the extent of assessment works required (covering the road network between the site and the M27) and the inclusion of nearby committed developments clarified where various applications were at appeal, being determined or at the pre-application stage.

To support the application a detailed Transport Assessment was prepared which outlined the existing situation on Hamble Lane and the potential increases in traffic as a result of the development using detailed independent surveys and capacity analysis of each junction as required by the local highway authority.

As a response to the formal highways response, an Addendum Transport Assessment was also prepared which provided further details including surveys, site visits and sensitivity modelling.

Through the application we provided ongoing Transport Planning and Technical Support and whilst this initial application was refused, this was not due to highways reasons.

A revised application followed for 166 new homes, for which our team updated our assessments, and was approved by the local planning committee. The scheme then evolved again, revising the right turn lane access scheme onto Hamble Lane with the primary access now being taken from Cunningham Gardens, which proved popular with EBC and secured the latest consent earlier in 2017.

Alongside this latest application a full Travel Plan was also provided, which was based on the principles of the Framework Travel Plan which was also prepared by us. The Travel Plan provided a range of measures which will aim to encourage travel by sustainable modes from the site, and also set out a monitoring strategy as agreed with HCC.

We were then asked to continue our input by undertaking the Section 278 works for the permanent access onto Cunnginham Gardens. In order to begin construction in a timely manner, our civils team also helped Barratt Homes gain Section 278 approval for the construction access onto Hamble Lane, which included the detailed design of a bellmouth access and pedestrian refuge island for the benefit of the wider site post-occupation.

The Result

Clearance works have started on the site, with the temporary access in place onto Hamble Lane. With some staff still living in Hamble, the project team will enjoy a daily account of progress and we look forward to seeing the finished result.