Our report clearly demonstrated that the proposals would have no material impact on trunk roads or on local rail infrastructure and assessed the traffic impact of the proposals. It was found that the conversion of approximately 6,222sqm of existing B1 office use to provide 100 residential apartments would result in a significant reduction of vehicle trip generation during the weekday peak periods and throughout the day. It was concluded that the proposed development would not result in a material increase or a detrimental change in the character of traffic entering or leaving a classified road or the highway network in the vicinity of the site, and was not therefore subject to requirement N(5)(b) of General Permitted Development Order 2015.
Following input from the Design team, our report also concluded that the site would not be at risk of flooding from fluvial sources because it is located in a low risk Flood Zone 1.
In summary, out report established that:
The development proposals were therefore considered to be wholly acceptable in transportation planning and flood risk terms and, if necessary, met the transport, highways and flooding requirements for "Prior Approval" as defined within the General Permitted Development Order 2015.
Following the submission of our findings to Swindon Borough Council (SBC), SBC Highways requested further information be provided regarding the proposed servicing and cycle parking arrangements. These details were provided and were supported by refuse vehicle swept path analysis drawings provided by Mayer Brown.
After reviewing the highways and flood risk information provided, SBC were happy to confirm that Prior Approval from the Council (i.e. a Planning Application) was not required.
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