Mersea Island Surgery


Octopus Healthcare
Transport Planning

Octopus Healthcare proposed the demolition of an existing police station and subsequent construction of a doctor’s surgery to serve Mersea Island TPI (now part of Motion) was commissioned to produce a Transport Statement to support the scheme – focusing on ensuring adequate parking provision on site and the suitability of the access arrangements. Essex County Council (ECC) parking standards require developments to implement parking spaces with relatively large dimensions (2.9 x 5.5 metres) compared to the norm (2.4 x 4.8 metres), unless in exceptional circumstances. TPI liaised with ECC and agreed on an appropriate parking provision We carried out vehicle swept path to validate that the proposed layout was appropriate and we demonstrated, through use of the TRICS database, that parking demand can be accommodated on site. We were successfully able to prove that providing the larger size spaces would affect the overall level of parking provision, thus potentially pushing parking demand on-street. Outline planning permission was successfully achieved in 2016.

“TPI [now part of Motion] was brought in to assist in addressing the highway related issues raised by during pre-application discussions.  They were able to get the highway authority to agree to providing standard sized parking spaces rather than the large spaces that Essex County Council seek, even though this is normally only permitted in “exceptional circumstances”.  They also worked around site layout constraints to ensure servicing could take place safely.”​

Carl Riley, Simpson Hilder Associates