As part of the withdrawn planning application, Pell Frischmann completed a significant amount of work in support of the Transport Assessment, with traffic flow and impact on the highways network being the focus due to its strategic location sitting just north of the M20 and A20 corridors. Both of these major arteries already suffer from congestion in the peak hours, with the A20 often beyond capacity during periods of the day.
As part of the former application, early and continued liaison was undertaken with key highway stakeholders Kent County Council (KCC) and Highways England (HE) to appraise the impact of redevelopment of the site. From this engagement a key issue identified by the stakeholders in the appraisal was the potential adoption and opening up of Bellingham Way which is currently a gated controlled private internal roadway owned by ANL.
A Traffic Impact Assessment was undertaken by Pell Frischmann using a bespoke model to examine various land use scenarios. Various highway interventions were then introduced to the model to understand the potential mitigation each would provide. The opening of Bellingham Way as an alternative east-west route for car traffic was appraised with it being evident from the model that it would offer significant benefits.
It should be noted that this opportunity to alleviate wider traffic of the area via Bellingham Way is unique to this site. Modelled highway interventions had enabled ‘impacts’ on various junctions within the area to be proven within acceptable parameters, though formal sign off from KCC and HE has not been attained and further engagement will be required as part of any emerging scheme on the Site.
It is also worth noting that the Local Planning Authority may consider potential material benefit to be derived from the introduction of a riverside walk for pedestrians and cyclists as part of any redevelopment.
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