Merton Rise, Basingstoke

Paul Basham Associates provided reserved matters support and have continued involvement through Travel Plan Coordination for a large residential scheme of 784 homes in North Basingstoke.

The brief

Following a successful outline application for 784 homes in 2012, Persimmon Homes and Charles Church identified us to complete the necessary highways works to support their delivery. With an exciting and long term project comprising a mixture of affordable and stylish homes to be built, the team at Paul Basham Associates impressed sufficiently to subsequently win the Travel Plan Coordination works.

Our approach

Initially working with the project team to develop a layout that created an attractive and quality place to live but also the necessary functionality in terms of parking requirements, servicing and emergency access, our team provided the Reserved Matters Transport Notes and a Full Travel Plan for Phases 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the development.

Negotiating a cost-effective and realistic Travel Plan strategy at the application stage that we knew could be delivered was essential to ensure that Travel Plan costs were identified and budgeted within the development programme.

We have continued our involvement and are now fully immersed in Year 3 of the Travel Plan Co-Ordination works, negotiating bus and cycle vouchers for residents and signing off Year 1 and 2 successfully with Hampshire County Council’s Travel Plan Co-Ordination team. As part our Travel Plan Co-Ordination package, Paul Basham Associates provide residents with a financial incentive to complete surveys, usually a voucher for bus or cycle services, encouraging the use of sustainable modes of transport.

The result

With Phases 3 and 5 fully built, Phases 2a, 4 and 6 have recently secured Reserved Matters approval we continue to actively engage with residents and stakeholders to implement their Travel Plan strategy.

We continue to work alongside Persimmon Homes with the Reserved Matters application for Phase 2b, and look forward to seeing the finished result.