The site lies in a sustainable location and provides the opportunity for residents to walk and cycle to local services and facilities that may be required on a day-to-day basis. An assessment of the highways network has identified that there is sufficient reserve capacity to accommodate already committed development as well as the development proposed on this site. A ghost island junction is proposed from the A435 which has been designed based on traffic flows and visibility into and out of the site. Pedestrian and cycle links are proposed throughout the site and into the south-east and to the west to improve connectivity.
An initial survey has been undertaken by our ecological consultants who have recommended a number of additional site surveys be conducted in Spring 2020. This includes surveys for bats, reptiles, Great Crested Newts, and Otters and Water Voles. In addition, new legislation means that development proposals must show a net biodiversity gain as part of the development.
To achieve a biodiversity gain our proposals will incorporate mitigation such as the retention and enhancement of existing hedgerows and trees, new tree and hedgerow planting and the provision of water features, all of which will provide a diverse habitat to encourage the use of the site by wildlife.
The site is located within Flood Zone 1 with the exception of the northern boundary which lies within Flood Zones 2 and 3 immediately adjacent to the Dean Brook. As such, no development is proposed in these locations and only attenuation features and public open space is proposed here. The focus has therefore been to create a suitable drainage strategy that will ensure that surface water flows from the site are maintained at greenfield levels (with an allowance for climate change), and if possible improved.
An assessment has been undertaken of all the notable trees on site which has determined their quality as well as their Root Protection Areas (RPAs). The emerging masterplan ensures that no development will encroach in these RPAs nor result in the removal of any high-quality trees. Specialists fencing will be erected during construction to ensure no trees are accidentally damaged.
A specialist archaeological consultancy has been instructed to prepare an assessment and undertake trenching at the site to determine whether there are any archaeological remains of significance. If anything is found it will be recorded and removed from the site to be preserved.
A noise assessment is being undertaken to assess whether traffic from the A435 will affect future residents on the site. This will be modelled and recommendations such as specialist glazing or fencing will be incorporated into the design of the properties.
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