Last night North Herts DC granted planning permission for 86 new homes on land at Odyssey Health Club near Stevenage. Entran provided Transportation and Environmental consultancy services in support of the successful application. Ealier proposals on this site had been refused due to the access arrangements, but Entran designed a new compact roundabout (and pair of bus stops) that met with the approval of both highway and planning authorities.
Friday, 18 October, 2019
On 1st October 2019 the MHCLG published the National Design Guide. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-design-guide. Firstly, let us say we think it is an excellent document providing a much needed shared point of reference for all of those promoting development in areas that do not have a Design Guide of their own. Its stated aim is to promote an integrated design process, but will it work?
Tuesday, 08 October, 2019
Far too often we read highway authority comments suggesting that 'any increase in traffic would have an unacceptable impact on highway safety'. Really? Surely one additional vehicle per decade would be acceptable, whereas one additional vehicle per minute may not. In which case, there must be a threshold above which the increase becomes unacceptable. We recently provided evidence for a successful planning appeal in Bath [APP/F0114/W/19/3222626] where the highway authority took exactly this stance. We tried to explore where this threshold might lie but they stuck to their 'any increase' argument. The Inspector, however, considered NPPF paras 108 and 109 and concluded that whereas there would indeed be a small increase in traffic, there was no evidence that that increase would be so significant as to create additional harm to highway safety. This was precisely the point we had been making throughout the planning determination period. It was a minor application but this principle can apply to any similar objection where the highway authority apply a simplistic 'any increase' argument.
Monday, 12 August, 2019
We were pleased to hear that LB Hounslow granted planning permission this week for 25 new affordable flats at 141-149 Staines Road, Hounslow. The Keith Horn Architects' scheme will be car-free with the exception of four accessible spaces in the existing basement for the four accessible units, accessed by a new lift.
Tuesday, 09 July, 2019
We are delighted to be joining Assael Architecture this week at the 2019 New London Awards. We are equally delighted to have worked on two of the shortlisted schemes, namely: Margarine Works, Assael Architecture for Montreaux Developments Ltd [Masterplans and Area Strategies] and Three Waters, Allies and Morrison for Mount Anvil and Peabody [Housing].
Tuesday, 02 July, 2019
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Friday, 07 June, 2019