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
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
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
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
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
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.
(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
It is, therefore
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.
(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
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
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 ________
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
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.
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,
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.
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