Nyton Road, Westergate

Following a successful outline application approved in February 2015, Paul Basham Associates provided Transport Planning and Civil Engineering support for a Reserved Matters application at Nyton Road, Westergate. The scheme will provide 208 residential units and a 60 bedroom care home alongside local pedestrian improvements.

The Brief

Paul Basham Associates were approached by Taylor Wimpey to support their Reserved Matters planning application on the site, and whilst ‘site access’ had already been agreed, the internal site layout required careful consideration with respect to permeability, internal visibility, car parking and servicing.

Our services were also required to complete the Section 278 agreement for the off-site highway works which included the provision of a right-turn lane and footway widening works which will facilitate planned improvements by West Sussex County Council.

Our Approach

Before starting works it was critical to review the documents prepared as part of the outline application, particularly the contributions and improvements to local pedestrian infrastructure. 

Paul Basham Associates also conducted a layout review which included assessing internal turning heads and servicing/ emergency vehicle arrangements, locations of bin collection points, car and cycle parking provision and internal and forward visibility splays. This initial stage also included attendance at a progress meeting with the Parish Council to ensure that they were on-board with the proposals. 

A Reserved Matters Transport Assessment and full Travel Plan were provided to support the application, with the Travel Plan building upon the principles discussed at the outline stage to ensure that the site is as sustainable as possible.

To further promote a sustainable environment, widening of the existing pedestrian footway on Nyton Road and improved access to the existing bus stop on Fontwell Avenue were approved as part of the outline application. Our civil engineering team took these preliminary drawings through to detailed designs, and also had to be aware of further future improvements planned by West Sussex, which include the conversion of the newly widened footway to create a shared footway/cycleway, and the provision of a toucan crossing on Nyton Road. To accommodate the increased width of the carriageway a number of soakaways were required. Our civil engineering team conducted hydraulic modelling of the soakaways to ensure that this system is well designed.  

The Results

The Reserved Matters application was approved in January 2018, with the site receiving S278 Technical Approval in July 2018. We look forward to seeing the scheme built out in the near future.