ROADS AND DEVELOPMENT SUB COMMITTEE                        ITEM 4
 
8TH MARCH 1993
 
OFF SITE HIGHWAY CONTRIBUTIONS
 
REPORT OF THE COUNTY SURVEYOR
 
 
(A)     CRANFORD ROAD SITE, PETERSFIELD
 
1       In June 1992  a planning application  was submitted to  East
        Hampshire  District  Council  for  development  of  land  at
        Cranford Road,  Petersfield  comprising 120  dwellings  with
        garages and  ancillary  works.    The  site,  shown  on  the
        attached plan, has an area of 5.25 hectares and is  situated
        approximately one mile south of Petersfield town centre  and
        to the west  of the  old A3  London to  Portsmouth Road  now
        designated B2070 and which, at  this point, is known as  The
        Causeway.  The site is surrounded by residential development
        to the north, west and east and open farmland to the  south.
        A short  frontage is  open to  The Causeway  on the  eastern
        boundary of the site immediately  north of the Jolly  Sailor
        Public House.
 
2       The site is  allocated in  the deposit version  of the  East
        Hampshire District  Local Plan  for residential  development
        during the  plan  period  to  1996.    The  Local  Plan  was
        certified by the  Planning and  Transportation Committee  on
        26th November  1990.   The site  is also  the subject  of  a
        Development Brief, published by the District Council,  which
        sets out  the highway  access  requirements as  agreed  with
        County officers.  From a highway point of view, the  current
        application is in line with the published Brief.
 
3       Highway access  is via  a proposed  new roundabout  junction
        where the  site  adjoins The  Causeway  north of  the  Jolly
        Sailor.  In addition, a  second point of access is  proposed
        via Borough Road, which serves the neighbouring  residential
        area and is  a cul-de-sac some  350 metres in  length.   The
        route through the site between Borough Road and The Causeway
        is designed to discourage traffic from the development using
        Borough Road.
 
4       There is no  highway objection to  the proposed  development
        provided that the developer fully funds the construction  of
        the site access  roundabout on The  Causeway, including  all
        alterations  made   necessary  to   statutory   undertakers'
        equipment and  appropriate  landscaping of  the  roundabout.
        The estimated  cost  of  the  highway  works  based  on  the
        preliminary design  is  £125,000, excluding  public  utility
        works.  The Planning Sub-Committee (South) of East Hampshire
        District Council have  agreed to  grant planning  permission
 
 
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        for  the  proposed  development  subject  to  the  applicant
        entering into a Section 278 Agreement.
 
5       The  proposal  is  in  line  with  the  objectives  of   the
        Petersfield Bypass Demonstration Project which, on the roads
        leading to Petersfield  town centre, is  to control  traffic
        speed in the interests of road  safety.  The provision of  a
        roundabout in this location will assist in reducing  traffic
        speeds by interrupting  the flow  of main  road traffic  and
        will provide a safe means of access to the site.
 
It is, therefore
 
RECOMMENDED
 
1       That an Agreement, in such form as the County Secretary  may
        determine, be  entered into  with the  developer,  Galliford
        Sears, for  the construction  of a  new roundabout  junction
        between the site access and The  Causeway at no cost to  the
        County Council.
 
2       That,  subject  to  completion   of  this  Agreement,   East
        Hampshire District  Council be  informed  that there  is  no
        highway objection, in principle, to the proposed residential
        development at Cranford Road, Petersfield.
 
 
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(B)     LAND AT CLAYHILL FARM, WALTHAM CHASE
 
1       A  planning  application  has  recently  been  submitted  to
        Winchester City Council  by Crest  Homes (Southern)  Limited
        for  the  construction  of  41   dwellings  on  a  site   of
        approximately 1.2 hectares located west of B2177  Winchester
        Road and north of C110, Curdridge Lane, as indicated on  the
        attached plan.  Access to  the site is onto Curdridge  Lane.
        The site  is allocated  for residential  development in  the
        Winchester Southern Parishes Local  Plan which was  accepted
        by the County Council  on 8th March  1991.  Winchester  City
        Council have  resolved to  grant planning  consent  provided
        that the developer enters into an appropriate Agreement with
        the County Council relating to off site highway matters.
 
2       The development will generate some additional traffic on the
        B2177 Winchester Road, although  it is the County  Council's
        aim to reduce the amount of through traffic on this road and
        to improve  access for  local traffic.   A  number of  local
        schemes are being considered  which accord with these  aims.
        The  provision  of  traffic  signals  at  the  junction   of
        Curdridge Lane and Forest  Road with the  B2177 in May  1991
        was funded by development immediately  to the north of  this
        site.   The  developer  has  agreed  to  contribute  £60,000
        towards  the  implementation  of  further  highway   schemes
        consistent with these aims.
 
3       Additionally, the developer has agreed to build a section of
        footway alongside  Curdridge  Lane between  the  development
        site and  the  existing footway  in  order to  complete  the
        pedestrian connection  between  the  site  and  the  village
        boundary.
 
It is, therefore
 
RECOMMENDED
 
1       That an Agreement, in such form as the County Secretary  may
        determine, be entered into with Crest Homes Limited relating
        to the  payment of  £60,000  towards the  implementation  of
        further highway schemes consistent with the County Council's
        aim to reduce the amount of traffic on the B2177  Winchester
        Road and to improve access for local traffic.
 
2       That, subject  to completion  of the  Agreement,  Winchester
        City Council be informed that there is no highway objection,
        in principle,  to the  residential  development of  land  at
        Clayhill Farm, Waltham Chase.
 
 
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(C)     CONCERT HALL, BASINGSTOKE
 
1       On 8th  May  1992  Basingstoke  and  Deane  Borough  Council
        granted themselves  planning consent  for a  new 1,400  seat
        concert hall on  a site  located between  Churchill Way  and
        Alencon Link, as indicated on  the attached plan.  The  site
        was  previously  intended  for  development  as  a  Phase  3
        extension to  the Basingstoke  Town Shopping  Centre.   This
        planning permission was  granted against the  recommendation
        of the County Council  as at that  time access, parking  and
        servicing matters  had  still  to  be  resolved.    However,
        following subsequent  negotiations  these matters  have  now
        been resolved.
 
2       The complete scheme, as  subsequently revised, now  includes
        provision of a total of 117 car parking spaces.  Car parking
        studies have indicated that, with this provision, sufficient
        car parking space will be  available within the town  centre
        to meet the Saturday afternoon  peak demand for the  concert
        hall, which is when the existing town centre car parking  is
        at its greatest demand.
 
3       All of the 117 car parking spaces are to be located in Glebe
        Gardens  in  the   Church  Street/Church   Square  area   of
        Basingstoke which is on the  opposite side of the  Churchill
        Way   dual   carriageway   to   the   concert   hall   site.
        Additionally, coach pick up/setting  down facilities are  to
        be provided  in  an existing  layby  on the  south  side  of
        Churchill Way  and  in an  extension  of the  existing  town
        centre service  layby on  the north  side of  the road;  the
        latter provision  also  being suitable  for  dray  vehicles.
        These facilities will require amendment to existing  Traffic
        Regulation Orders.  Provision  is made within the  curtilage
        of the  site  for the  servicing  of specific  events,  i.e.
        orchestral lorries, television vans, etc.
 
4       The location of  the car  parking in Glebe  Gardens and  the
        coach pick up and  setting down layby on  the south side  of
        Churchill Way will result in a significant pedestrian demand
        to the concert hall  from the south  side of Churchill  Way.
        It is inappropriate to permit pedestrians to cross Churchill
        Way at grade  at this location  and, in order  to provide  a
        suitable pedestrian crossing facility, Basingstoke and Deane
        Borough Council have agreed to provide a footbridge  between
        Church Street and the concert hall.  Detailed design of this
        footbridge is still being undertaken by the Borough Council;
        however, they have confirmed that  it will meet full  design
        standards for  disabled  persons.   The  estimated  cost  of
        constructing this footbridge is £350,000.
 
5       In order  to ensure  full usage  of this  footbridge and  to
        deter pedestrians  from  crossing  the  Churchill  Way  dual
        carriageway, the  Borough Council  have agreed  to fund  the
        construction of a  pedestrian barrier  within the  Churchill
 
 
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        Way central reservation between  the Victory Roundabout  and
        the existing pelican crossing on  the east side of the  town
        centre development which  extends over Churchill  Way.   The
        barrier will  consist  of  a  suitably  designed  pedestrian
        railing with enhancement of  the landscaping in the  central
        reservation.  The  estimated cost of  the provision of  this
        barrier is £20,000.
 
6       Given the impact  of the additional  car parking within  the
        Church Street/Church Square area and to ensure the provision
        of adequate pedestrian  routes to and  from the car  parking
        areas and the town centre,  the Borough Council have  agreed
        to fund a  scheme to provide  additional footpaths,  traffic
        calming, environmental  improvements  and the  provision  of
        landscape works within the Church Street/Church Square area.
        These works are indicated on a  plan to be displayed at  the
        meeting.  Their estimated cost  is £350,000.  In  principle,
        the County Planning Officer supports the provision of  these
        works which  are  within  the Basingstoke  Old  Town  Centre
        Conservation  Area,  although  he  requires  some   detailed
        changes to the geometry of elements of the scheme.
 
7       In summary,  the Borough  Council have  agreed to  fund  the
        following  off   site   highway  contribution   package   in
        association with the proposed concert hall development:
 
        1       Footbridge over Churchill Way to link      £350,000
                the parking area with the Hall
 
        2       Traffic calming, environmental measures,   £350,000
                provision of new footpath and landscape
                works; Church Street/Church Square area
 
        3       Pedestrian barriers in Churchill Way to    £ 20,000
                prevent pedestrians from the new car park
                area crossing directly over Churchill Way  ________
                                            Total          £720,000
 
        It is intended that these works will be implemented prior to
        the Concert Hall being brought into public use.
 
8       In  addition  to  this  the  Borough  Council  have  already
        contributed the sum of £35,000 to the County Council for off
        site highway works in respect of a previous proposal on this
        site for a temporary car park which was not implemented.
 
9       The majority  of  vehicular  traffic  associated  with  this
        proposal will occur  at off  peak periods.   However,  there
        will be some additional  traffic generated on Churchill  Way
        and at  the Eastrop  and Victory  Roundabouts.   The  County
        Council have already secured  contributions in the order  of
        £700,000  in   respect  of   the  Eastrop   Roundabout,   in
        association with committed developments  which have not  yet
        been implemented,  and  with  the  future  improvements  the
 
 
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        roundabout  will  be  able  to  accommodate  the  additional
        traffic from  the concert  hall  development.   Recent  road
        safety improvements  have  been undertaken  to  the  Victory
        Roundabout and the additional traffic from the concert  hall
        will be able to be satisfactorily accommodated.
 
10      A particular  effort  has  been  made  to  ensure  there  is
        adequate access for the disabled.   In addition to  ensuring
        that the footbridge  is provided with  a ramp, disabled  car
        parking spaces  will be  located  within the  existing  town
        centre car park adjacent  to the lift  which travels to  the
        entrance to the concert hall.   A vehicular access is to  be
        provided  off  Alencon  Link  which  will  enable   vehicles
        transporting  disabled  passengers  to  alight   immediately
        outside the entrance to the concert hall.  This access  will
        be  restricted  to  use  by  such  vehicles  and  by  V.I.P.
        vehicles.
 
11.     Accordingly, whilst initial concerns were justifiably raised
        about the highway aspects  of the concern hall  development,
        these have  now been  overcome by  the package  of  off-site
        traffic,  pedestrians,  site  servicing  and   environmental
        measures agreed with the Borough Council.
 
It is, therefore,
 
RECOMMENDED
 
That an  Agreement,  in  such  form  as  the  County  Secretary  may
determine, be  entered  into  with  Basingstoke  and  Deane  Borough
Council relating to the funding of the following works at no cost to
the County Council:
 
        (i)     footbridge over Churchill  Way to  link the  parking
                area with the concert hall;
 
        (ii)    traffic calming,  environmental measures,  provision
                of  new   footpath  and   landscape  works;   Church
                Street/Church Square area; and
 
        (iii)   pedestrian barriers  in  Churchill  Way  to  prevent
                pedestrians from  the  new car  park  area  crossing
                directly over Churchill Way.
 
 
1707/GRW/NJC/GLP
 
 
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