Another Appeal Win for PJA
PJA has achieved another successful appeal outcome, this time for a St. Modwen employment site adjacent to the M42 Junction 10, North Warwickshire. The proposals include up to 80,000sqm of B2/B8 employment uses, adjacent to Birch Coppice Business Park, and will provide up to 1,550 jobs for the local area.
PJA produced the Transport Assessment and Travel Plan for the scheme, including the vehicular access design, improvements to pedestrian and cycle infrastructure and a public transport strategy – all of which were agreed with WCC and Highways England in advance of the Planning Inquiry.
Whilst the key issues at Inquiry were planning and landscape, highways was identified by the Inspector as a material consideration. As part of the submitted documents, PJA provided a Statement of Common Ground, access plans and a number of supplementary technical notes supporting the planning case.
At appeal, the Inspector considered the impact of the proposals on the surrounding local and strategic highway network, the suitability of access and the package of transport measures proposed to facilitate development. The Inspector concluded, “In summary therefore, I find no conflict with the Framework which advocates that development should only be refused on transport grounds where the residual cumulative impacts are severe.”
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