The Challenge

SYSTRA was originally appointed by CEG to prepare a Transport Assessment, a Travel Plan and to advise upon site access designs for a residential development of 120 dwellings in Long Hanborough within West Oxfordshire. The scheme also looked to safeguard land for the future development of a 400-space station car park, bus interchange, improved station facilities and a D1 use (such as a doctor’s surgery).

Although there were no formal transport and highways related reasons for refusing planning permission, the Parish Council and local residents group had raised concerns on access, highway safety and possible traffic problems. SYSTRA were therefore retained to present evidence at the Public Inquiry.

Property developer CEG were granted planning permission following a successful appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. The Inspector agreed with SYSTRA’s evidence and concluded that, "The appeal proposals have taken up the opportunities for sustainable transport modes. Moreover, there would be a safe and suitable means of access to the site and the development would not result in severe residual cumulative impacts on the transport network."

SYSTRA's Role

SYSTRA produced a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan to accompany the planning application as well as producing preliminary junction designs for the site. SYSTRA subsequently produced a Proof of Evidence to support the appeal and acted as an expert witness at the Public Inquiry which took place in December 2016.

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