St Nicholas' Church, Boarhunt

Paul Basham Associates provided design support for a new access from Boarhunt Road into St. Nicholas Church, which also involved closing and restoring highway verge for the old access.


The Brief

The current access into St. Nicholas’ Church car park has poor visibility due it’s location close to an adjacent treeline and the alignment of Boarhunt Road. Additionally, the gate are into the car park has limited space, making it difficult for a private vehicle to pull from the carriageway and open or close the gate without blocking Boarhunt carriageway to other road users. Due to these safety concerns, Southwick Estates and Buckland Development Ltd approach us to provide Transport Planning and Civil Engineering support for a detailed planning application and subsequent implementation of a S184 crossover agreement.

Our Approach

Initially, our Transport Planning team commissioned and collated relevant data for the purposes of determining a suitable location for the access. This included accident data, OS mapping, highway boundary plans, and speed surveys. We then liaised with our client and the planners to determine a fixed location for the new access that addresses the visibility and vehicle space availability concerns.

Our Civil Engineering team then developed the access design to support the planning application, which includes an impermeable crossover, followed by an unbound access leading to the car park. We also specified an exceedance swale running adjacent to the access to collect any surface water runoff in the event of the existing system blocking up.

Once planning was achieved, we were then commissioned to progress the S184 crossover agreement with Hampshire County Council; the application of which has been made.

The Result

Planning application consent was achieved in April 2023 and we have subsequently received the S184 approval for the crossover.