SCP benefits from years of experience in resolving the highways and transportation issues for residential schemes across the country. Our collective experience ensures that we provide the best advice to our clients throughout the entire planning process. This advice extends from identifying the optimum location and design for the site access and internal vehicular circulation routes to ensuring the needs of pedestrians and cyclists are adequately catered for. We advise on the integration of development sites into their surroundings to enhance their accessibility by a choice of modes of transport and we prepare the necessary formal Transport Statements and Assessments in support of residential planning applications.
Our advice is always provided using the latest research and techniques and in the context of the most up-to-date planning policies and technical design standards. We have considerable experience of all sizes and types of residential development, from open market housing estates to housing association development, retirement villages, care homes and student accommodation. Download our Residential experience sheet for information.
Ledsham Road, Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port
SCP advised Redrow Homes in achieving planning permission for around 1,500 homes following protracted highway negotiations and extensive traffic modelling. An earlier planning application was refused by the Members of the Council, against officer’s recommendations and with strong local opposition. However, with some revisions to the scheme, but retaining the agreed transport infrastructure improvements from the previous application, planning permission was granted by Cheshire West and Chester’s strategic planning committee, despite continued local opposition to the development, after they were convinced that there were no justifiable grounds to resist the proposals.
Wincham Urban Village, Northwich
The Wincham Urban Village site is located to the north-east of Northwich and if approved, will feature around 1,050 houses and mixed commercial uses. SCP has been involved with the site since 2003 and have advised on all highway-related aspects of the proposals. Currently, the scheme is at the planning application stage, for which SCP prepared a comprehensive Transport Assessment and Interim Travel Plan.
Buckshaw Village, Chorley
SCP advised BAe Systems throughout the successful promotion of the last phase of development on the former Royal Ordnance Factory, Chorley. Planning permission was secured for approximately 1,100 dwellings and 20,000m2 of commercial development. We were retained by BAe for the detailed design of the site access onto the A49 and the spine road through the site to enable fully serviced plots to be taken to the market.
Thingwall Hall, Knowlsey
SCP advised Redrow in the redevelopment of land adjacent to Thingwall Hall for approximately 525 dwellings. Following a successful appeal against non-determination in 2007, we advised Redrow on a subsequent application for an alternative range and mix of development that better reflected new market conditions.
Rushton Spencer, Staffordshire
SCP were commissioned to assist on a scheme for 9 residential dwellings in Rushton Spencer. The proposed access was located adjacent to a Primary School off a narrow lane without footways and lighting. Following submission of a comprehensive Transport Statement report the Highway Authority did not object subject to conditions including requirements for off-site highway improvements. The scheme was subject to considerable local opposition and was refused by Members against officer recommendation citing grounds including highways objections. The scheme went to Appeal in February 2013 and the Inspector found in favour of the Appellant. The main highways issues included highway safety, pedestrian safety (school children), and accessibility of the site to local facilities by foot, cycle and public transport.
Hope park, Macclesfield Hospital
Macclesfield Hospital has grown over several decades from a Victorian Workhouse to a modern health facility. The redundant buildings now form part of an award winning regeneration development with a mix of uses including residential, retail, care home and a day nursery, along with new offices for the NHS. A complementary mix of new and refurbished buildings around sensitively designed courtyards, parking and access roads provide an attractive location for its occupants.
The scheme required a detailed Transport Assessment of the mix of uses, accounting for the sustainable nature of locating such uses on a single site. The sensitivity of car parking for the adjoining hospital and edge of town centre location led to a parking study of the proposals, which included a decked car park for the hospital. Planning permission was secured following extensive discussions with the highway authority. A comprehensive travel plan was also produced for the scheme, secured by a Section 106 Agreement with Cheshire East Council.
New Inn Hall Street, Oxford
Proposed Change of Use from Office (B1) to Residential (C3)
SCP were retained by Alaska Group Ltd to support the proposals for the change of use of circa 1,200m2 of office space to 19 residential apartments in Oxford City Centre. SCP’s role was to examine the transport and highway impact of the proposals to ensure that the City Council were satisfied that the change of use would not be detrimental in terms of parking numbers, accessibility and servicing.