West Sussex Waste Plan

Paul Basham Associates were appointed in 2011 to assist in informing the strategic direction of the development of waste management facilities, using our highways expertise to identify strategic waste sites.

The Brief

Appointed by West Sussex County Council (WSCC), Paul Basham Associates were initially tasked with providing a detailed analysis of 10 potential waste sites, with the shortlisted 7 sites subsequently examined in further detail.

WSCC requested that the overall suitability of each site was assessed from a highways perspective, indicating preference and acceptability of development scale.

Our Approach

All sites were visited in turn by the project team, to assess any potential on-site constraints, using a formative checklist to ensure consistency in assessment.

The Transport Assessment which was prepared for the original 10 sites was then revised for the 7 shortlisted sites. The Transport Assessments were informed by information gathered from both West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and the Highways Agency (Highways England), as well as on-site observations.

The Transport Assessment provided details for each site in turn which included trip generation, site and traffic distribution across the County, the impact on the Local and Strategic Road Networks, Personal Injury Accident (PIA) data, access and potential infrastructure improvements. In addition, the cumulative impact of the sites were assessed, to understand potential impact on the wider network should all/ a number of sites come forward at the same time.

For each site, conclusions and recommendations were made, which included recommended routing, the potential junctions affected and access opportunities and constraints.

The Transport Assessments were prepared in accordance with WSCC Transport Assessment Guidance, Guidance for the Environmental Assessment of Road Traffic (Institute of Environmental Management (IEMA)) and Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB).

The Result

The Waste Local Plan was formerly adopted by WSCC and the South Downs National Park in April 2014, and covers the period up to 2031.