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SYSTRA Helps Secure Sustainable Development: Long Hanborough

Property developer CEG has been granted planning permission for a 120-unit residential development in Long Hanborough, West Oxfordshire following a successful appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

The scheme will also 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).

CEG originally appointed SYSTRA to prepare a Transport Assessment, a Travel Plan and to advise upon site access designs. SYSTRA were retained to present evidence at the public inquiry. 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.

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."

Richard Stacey, SYSTRA’s Head of Transport Planning in London and the South presented the evidence at the public inquiry, said “I am delighted with the Inspector’s decision, this is a key site, adjacent to a mainline rail station, within walking and cycling distance from the village centre and is accessible by a frequent bus service. This is the precisely the kind of site that should be developed for residential use in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). I am proud to have helped CEG achieve this landmark decision.”

 

Image courtesy of Tyler Grange