The wider network

Transport - the wider network - click for larger image

The level of predicted traffic generated by the amended scheme for 1,110 dwellings, a health centre, a primary school, a pub/restaurant, a care home and up to six individual retail uses has been discussed and agreed with Hampshire County Council.

The traffic distribution and its predicted impact have been assessed using the Solent Transport's Sub-Regional Transport Model (SRTM). This is the same model used to assess the current bypass application submitted by Hampshire County Council. The SRTM demonstrates that with the introduction of the highway improvements proposed the development would have a minimal impact on the local highway network, and would result in a significant decrease in journey times across the network.

As shown on the illustration to the right, the modelling results demonstrate that the proposed development is forecast to have a minimal impact on the majority of junctions assessed, and that with the introduction of proposed highway improvements, such as carriageway realignment and resizing and signalisation, road users would see an improvement in capacity at key junctions. Highway works at the roundabout junction with Longfield Avenue / Peak Lane and the junction with the A27 / Ranvilles Lane will be required and these works will improve the capacity at these junctions.

In the context of the National Planning Policy Framework and based on the impact assessment of development traffic, the effect of increased traffic arising from the development is not considered to be severe on the local and strategic road network.

A Transport Assessment (TA) has been prepared to support the planning application. The TA concludes that there are no valid highway or transport reasons, which should prevent the delivery of Newlands and that the Site is suitable for the uses proposed and provides a number of benefits and opportunities to improve the existing transport infrastructure and promote sustainable travel within the area as a whole.