Paul Basham Associates have assisted repeat client McCarthy & Stone with yet another planning consent for an age restricted residential development. Sited in the picturesque village of New Alresford, we were able to demonstrate the highway benefits of the proposals with the removal of heavy goods vehicles from the centre of this South Downs village.
Given the site’s stepped nature, Paul Basham Associates were approached by McCarthy & Stone at the inception stage to provide initial feedback into the site’s feasibility, which needed to meet a certain quantum of development in order for the proposals to be deliverable.
Through our experience with repeat client McCarthy & Stone, the project team were conscious of the benefits that early transport engineering input can provide to a project. There were initial concerns with the levels on-site which presentenced an architectural challenge. Having undertaken an on-site meeting Paul Basham Associates were able to provide confidence to McCarthy & Stone that safe and appropriate gradients could be provided on site at an early stage in order to ensure that the scheme was deliverable and viable.
Our team supported the proposals through a pre-application submission, which set out key highways considerations to agree with the Local Highway Authority, successfully agreeing the principle of a net reduction in vehicle trips generated by the site to allow the retention of the existing access. Paul Basham Associates successfully argued that the development proposals would significantly reduce the number of trips undertaken by Heavy Goods Vehicles, providing a safety benefit at the site access and beyond, with no accidents identified at the existing access arrangement.
Securing positive pre-application feedback from the highway authority, our team prepared a Transport Statement to support a full planning application, demonstrated the sustainable nature of the site and detailing the site’s strategies for servicing and parking provision. As part of the site’s parking strategy we demonstrated that parking demand for an assisted living development would be lower level in comparison to active elderly and rest home standards utilised by the local planning authority, using survey data collected at similar McCarthy and Stone facilities.
Following the submission of the Transport Statement a positive highways recommendation was provided ahead of the planning committee, with the Local Authority accepting the arguments presented by Paul Basham Associates. The scheme was then approved by councillors in March 2017.