Developers, Architects and Planners: Solutions to your Highway problems
FIVE ways to resolve Highways Objections to Planning Applications
Establish the development's traffic impact with a Transportation Assessment (TA). An early TA can avoid expensive and time consuming delays later in the planning process. Taking account of the location and local planning policy, the TA considers the development's traffic generation and parking upon on the local highway network.
Resolve sightline problems on the site access roads. Many areas that were previously covered by rigorous design guidelines may now be developed using the relaxed design standards of Manual for Streets 2. MfS2 makes more efficient and effective use of land by reducing road widths and allowing shared accesses. It also improves the appearance of a development with techniques such as less signing and white lining, and the integration of street furniture, resulting overall in less street clutter.
Ensure fire tenders and refuse vehicles can safely access and manoeuvre around the development. Analysis using Autotrack software can simulate the turning circles and swept paths of a range of vehicles to find the most practical and cost effective solution.
Propose a sustainable Travel Plan for users of the development. A Travel Plan aims to reduce dependence on the car by promoting more sustainable alternatives. Based on the preliminary data provided by the Transportation Assessment, the Travel Plan includes measures to encourage use of local public transport, pedestrian and cycling facilities. It may include innovative sustainable measures such as the CityCarClub initiative.
Consider a Road Safety Audit. If the development involves a new or improved access to the public highway, many local authorities will insist on a Stage 1 Road Safety Audit. This identifies the potential road safety hazards that may arise from the improvement and recommend measures to resolve them.
"We are pleased to recommend The Stilwell Partnership. They have successfully resolved the highway problems of a number of our clients. Their determined negotiation with the local highway authority on the Century Farm project overcame the long seated highway objections." Brian Woods, Managing Director, WS Planning & Architecture
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