Bradfords Lane, Newent

Paul Basham Associates were pleased to assist Gladman in achieving outline planning permission for up to 50 dwellings in the Forest of Dean.

The Brief

Paul Basham Associates were tasked with designing a suitable access to accommodate the development, as well as supporting the project through the planning process. With several possible locations, careful consideration of the most suitable access position was required, taking into account existing traffic issues.

Our Approach

A site visit was undertaken in the first instance, to identify possible constraints and opportunities for providing access. Several potentially feasible locations were identified, before a formal design was completed for the preferable position, taking into account feedback from other disciplines.

A Transport Statement and Travel Plan were prepared to support the first planning application in 2017. Following an initial refusal on non-highways grounds, a second application was submitted in 2018 with a revised access location, incorporating a pedestrian crossing, double yellow lines to prevent inappropriate parking and a pick up/drop off area within the site for the nearby school. This was supported by a Road Safety Audit, which identified minor issues that were overcome through negotiation with the highway authority.

An appeal was submitted following the refusal of the second application. Although highways issues were not in contention, a plan was produced to show how a pedestrian connection to nearby bus stops could be delivered.

The Result

We were delighted to hear that the scheme was allowed at appeal and look forward to the site being developed in due course.