Land East of Southampton Road, Titchfield Common, Fareham
Sustainable travel options such as walking, cycling and using public transport must be considered at the earliest possible stage when designing a site access for new homes. Plans for a 105-unit development in Titchfield, Hampshire, were awarded resolution to grant, following support from Motion’s transport and travel planners. A new access onto the A27 from the site was also approved by the highway authority. The scheme aims to create a sustainable community, providing an environmentally sensitive, well-connected and inclusive development, adaptable for future needs.
Sustainable access to local amenities
One of the key challenges was ensuring easy and sustainable access to local amenities and the railway station for future occupants of the site. During the planning process, account had to be taken of current proposals to dual the A27 Southampton Road carriageways.
Plans included pedestrian and cycle routes, and a new vehicular access. The proposals also included a signalised pedestrian crossing on the A27, to provide a direct link to amenities west of the site. Regular local bus services will also be available.
Negotiation with highway authority
Motion concluded that the proposed development would not have a material impact on the local highway network. We responded to queries raised by the highway authority, with revisions to travel planning proposals and provision of detailed technical notes. Traffic signals will be reoptimised at nearby roundabout junctions, as studies revealed they were operating near capacity during weekday peak hours. The A27 central reservation will be extended to prevent vehicles from ‘U-turning’ out of the development.
“The Motion team adapted quickly to the changing requirements of the project, proving an effective negotiator with the county council.”
Andrew Munton, Planning Director, Reside Developments
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