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Planning permission for new homes in Staffordshire

PJA are delighted that St. Modwen Homes' plans for 120 dwellings at Blythe Bridge in Staffordshire was given the green light last week. The scheme forms Phase 1 of a residential masterplan, bringing new homes to the area.

 

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PJA's Birmingham based development planning team combined with PJA Engineering to provide transport planning, civils, drainage and geotechnical engineering advice throughout the planning application process.

Congratulations to our client, St. Modwen Homes. 

 

 

Winners!

On Tuesday evening, a combined Phil Jones Associates, PJA Engineering and Multimodal team emerged as tournament winners in Intelligent Data Collection's inaugural five-a-side football charity tournament at Powerleague in Birmingham.

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With a record of five wins and one draw, the seven-strong squad topped the league of seven teams which also included Atkins, Amey, Mott MacDonald, Mode, Peter Brett Associates and Intelligent Data.

The first game, a physical battle against Intelligent Data, ended in a 5-3 victory for PJA followed by a more tactical 2-1 win over Motts to build up the initial momentum. A thrilling 4-4 draw against Atkins saw both teams score late goals to throw the title race open.

However, the PJA team regrouped with a 3-2 win with over Amey and a 6-3 victory over Mode to set up a finale finish. With a win needed to secure the victory, PBA were the opposition looking to spoil the party. After a tense start, a 4-2 victory saw the PJA/Multimodal team over the line to claim top spot and the victory spoils!

Well done to all involved for a top effort, the first sporting trophy for the respective companies, and for helping to raise (currently) £1,600 for the Trussell Trust Charity.

Thanks go to Intelligent Data for hosting the event.

PJA visit the Highways England West Midland Regional Control Centre

Several members of the PJA Transport Planning team attended a CIHT event this week held at the Highways England West Midland Regional Control Centre in Quinton, Birmingham. 

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The event, hosted by Highways England Emergency Planning Officer Frank Bird, consisted of an engaging presentation and tour of the facilities. This gave the PJA team an insightful experience into the day to day running of the West Midlands smart motorway network and witness how incidents are responded to.  This event was just one of a programme of both internal and external CPD events which staff are encouraged to attend.

Adrian Lord - Seoul Bicycle Forum

Adrian Lord was one of the invited international guest speakers at the Seoul Bicycle Forum, alongside speakers from the European Cyclists Federation, the USA, Canada and Taiwan as well as academics and government officials from South Korea. 

 

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Adrian presented a talk on the evolution of cycling infrastructure and policy in London over the last 25 years, from the route maps produced by London Cycling Campaign in the 1980s, the development of the London Cycle Network and the most recent 'game changing' impacts of the London Cycle Hire scheme and the construction of fully segregated Cycle Superhighways. There are surprisingly many parallels with Seoul, which has a historic city core and irregular road patterns that have evolved over time rather than the 'grid' systems associated with many modern cities. Seoul is creating cycle lanes and bus lanes on many streets, and has popular riverside cycle tracks alongside the Han River.  

Adrian also participated in a panel discussion focussing on the changing nature of cycle hire with the emergence of 'dockless' hire bikes in several cities around the world over the past year. These systems have only been on place for months in most cities, and all are facing the same challenges about regulation, insurance and how to prevent the parked bicycles becoming an obstruction in public areas. After the conference, the speakers were taken to a bicycle festival and for a guided ride to historic sites on the city's hire bikes. The event was attended by 300 delegates from around the country.

The city of Seoul has a strong commitment to environmental policies and during the visit delegates were taken to look at the Seoul Jo, a pedestrian street in the sky that was created when a concrete flyover became structurally unsafe for traffic, and the Cheonggycheon Stream, a natural watercourse that has been restored by the removal of a former dual-carriageway road to create a beautiful and peaceful riverside environment in the heart of the city centre.

The main conclusion of the conference was that while each country is different, the challenges of creating safe and attractive space for cycling are the same, and rely on political will, technical expertise and consistent funding.

 

PJA and ITP join forces on high-profile Oxford city centre study

PJA is delighted to team up with sustainable transport experts ITP to undertake a movement and public realm study for Oxford city centre on behalf of Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.  

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This study will inform the new Oxford City Council Local Plan, which will contain a strategy for development of the city up to 2036, and help inform a future update of Oxfordshire County Council's Oxford Transport Strategy.

It is anticipated that within the plan period there will be significant growth with the Oxford City Council administrative area and also in surrounding Oxfordshire districts.  The study therefore aims to develop a strategy for city centre transport and public realm to ensure it is served by adequate infrastructure, and that these challenges do not compromise local quality of life or the city centre's unique environment.

The city centre is a globally-renowned place for learning and a draw for international tourism, so the public realm strategy needs to be fit for this iconic environment.  As part of the project we will review both the City and County Councils' visions for growth, and how transport movements can be managed to support its continuing success while improving the experience for residents, workers, businesses, visitors and students.

Despite existing high mode shares for public transport, walking and cycling; the local authorities seeks to grow use of these modes further as a practical mechanism for accommodating the travel demands associated with large volumes of people in a constrained, historic environment.

PJA and ITP will review traffic data, pedestrian footfall, public transport routes and future development plans to inform the vision for Oxford City Centre for years to come.  The key to the project will be achieving a fine balance between a city centre that is accessible by public transport and open to vital freight movements, while defining pleasant and safe places for people to walk and cycle.  The implications of emerging technologies such as automated vehicles and e-bikes will also be carefully considered.

PJA and ITP are a highly effective team for this study, with shared competencies in traffic and transport modelling matched by individual specialist experience of developing effective public realm schemes and urban public transport strategies.

 

For he's a jolly good Fellow.....

Phil Jones is delighted to have been transferred to the grade of Fellow by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. 

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Fellowship is the highest grade of membership, which is conferred on 'those working in highways and transportation with proven ability who have made a significant contribution to their profession'.  Phil has been a member of CIHT since 1993 and has sat on the Institution's Urban Design Panel since 2008.

New consent for Nightingale Estates

PJA are delighted that plans for 500 dwellings, shops, restaurants and a public park on the site of the former Derby Royal Infirmary have been given the green light by Derby City Council.

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Our team, led by Project Director Mike Edwards, provided a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan to accompany the outline planning application for the £40m scheme which sits in a prominent position on the edge of Derby City Centre. 

Congratulations go to our client Nightingale Estates.  

Two planning consents in one day!

Yesterday was a great day for our team in Birmingham as it was confirmed that planning permission had been granted for two residential sites that we had provided transport planning advice on.

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Early yesterday afternoon we were advised by our clients (Engine of the North and TG Limited) that outline permission had been secured for the South Macclesfield Development Area comprising 950 dwellings, Supermarket, Primary School and a 1.5km link road.

This was rapidly followed yesterday evening by the news that St Modwen Homes had secured permission for a hybrid application to build 200 dwellings on the site of the former home of Stoke City FC – the Victoria Ground.

Congratulations to our respective clients and well done to our very own Chris Stack who was Project Manager for both sites.

TfL Strategic Cycling Analysis

PJA has prepared a summary of TfL's Strategic Cycling Analysis.  Download our Information Note below and find TfL's original document here.

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PJA advising on Cycling and Walking

PJA is delighted to be involved in three pieces of policy set to transform walking and transport policy across the country.

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We have been appointed as co-author of the best practice process for authorities implementing a Local Cycling, Walking and Infrastructure Plan – which set out an area's improvements in walking and cycling networks.

We are also assisting London boroughs with local research as part of the TfL Strategic Cycling Analysis, which sets out a new cycling network that would cater for the top 20% of cyclable trips across London, in a bid to reduce car-borne trips by 20%. 

Also in the capital, we have conducted research highlighting the delays cycles are causing in bus lanes, and the need for separate cycle lanes.