Land Securities appointed Vectos to advise on the transport aspects of an outline planning application for a new residential-led development of 600 to 700 residential dwellings with associated access, landscaping, local retail, employment and education facilities located on land to the west of Great Dunmow, Essex. Proposals also include 19,000 sqm of educational, retail, leisure, business and community use floorspace.
The site forms part of the Easton Park estate, located to the west of the existing Great Dunmow urban area, immediately adjacent to the Woodside Way bypass. It is a former World War II airfield, which is now predominantly farm land and covers approximately 138 hectares. The site comprises a parcel of land in the eastern part of the Easton Park estate. The site extends to Park Road in the north and the southern boundary is formed by a valley which delineates the boundary between the site and the area covered by the area to the south, which benefits from a resolution to grant planning permission for up to 800 houses. The site boundary extends to cover the access route to the A120.
A key feature of the development proposal was to demonstrate that the site would be sustainable in transport terms. In order to do this, a Public Transport Strategy and Framework Travel Plan was developed to encourage travel by sustainable modes for future residents, visitors and school pupils.
Vectos provided advice to Land Securities throughout the Masterplanning stage, including advice on pedestrian and vehicular access to the site and primary movement corridors through the site. The work included development of an outline design for a new access road linking the site with the A120, which forms part of the Strategic Road Network through Essex.
Following agreement of the Masterplan, Vectos prepared a Transport Assessment, which tested the impact of the development on the highway and public transport networks.
Vectos has been involved in extensive negotiations with Essex County Council and Uttlesford District Council. An Outline Planning Application was submitted to Uttlesford District Council in April 2013 and will be the subject of a Public Inquiry in Autumn 2014.