New Medical Centre – Desford Lane, Ratby, Leicestershire
Case study

New Medical Centre – Desford Lane, Ratby, Leicestershire

We provided transport planning consultancy services in relation to a new state-of-the art medical centre with associated parking on the western edge of the town of Ratby.

The proposals will allow the relocation of the existing Ratby surgery from their existing premises, which has constrained development options, to accommodate increases in patient numbers due to local development and an ageing local population.

In addition to providing input towards the development of the site layout and access design, we prepared a Transport Assessment to consider the operation of the new medical centre and the predicted impact on the local highway network.

Our independent Road Safety Team also undertook a Stage 1 Road Safety Audit of the access design, with associated comments incorporated within the design as appropriate.

Planning permission was granted for the new medical centre in December 2020.


Transport Planning
Infrastructure Design
Environmental Assessment


The Client: Ratby Surgery

Client -                  Ratby Surgery (Client) / West Hart Partnership Ltd (Architects) 

Local Authority Planning  – Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
                              Highways – Leicestershire County Council


We were appointed by Ratby Surgery to provide initial feasibility transport planning consultancy services input in relation to proposals for a new medical practice on undeveloped land on Desford Lane in Ratby.

Development proposals sought to develop the site to provide a new state-of-the-art 965sqm medical centre. This would accommodate a pharmacy and 13 clinical rooms, along with allocated onsite parking for 58 cars.

The new medical centre would allow the relocation of the existing Ratby surgery and provide additional clinical space to accommodate increased pressure placed upon the practice. There has been a 30% increase in patient list size over the past three years and planned local development within the practice catchment area.

We initially undertook an Access Review in order to assess and identify appropriate locations for a new vehicular access to the application site. This took into account observed vehicle speeds, site specific visibility constraints and initial site layout proposals. Initial pre-application advice was sought from the local highway authority in relation to these proposals to inform the design and scope of the supporting transport report.

We subsequently prepared a detailed Transport Assessment to outline and justify the appropriateness of the proposals and predicted impact upon the local highway network. As part of the transport report, tasks included, but were not limited to:

  • A review of the accessibility of the site via non-car modes of travel;
  • A review of local road collisions, identifying any safety patterns/concerns;
  • A review of access arrangements in terms of geometry, visibility and road safety, with access proposals supported by traffic calming measures to address localised visibility constraints and relocation of the change in speed limit in proximity to the site access;
  • Calculation of predicted trip generation associated with the new medical centre and resulting net impact upon local junctions, taking into account trips already on the network associated with the existing practice operation;
  • A review of predicted operational parking demand to ensure that the proposed provision is adequate in order to allay any concerns in relation to overspill onto surrounding highway network;
  • Outlining sustainable travel initiatives to be implemented as part of the proposals to promote sustainable travel modes and potentially reduce vehicular trip generation associated with the medical centre.


Through the application process we undertook various correspondence with the local authority, in order to discuss and agree assessment methodology and specific design aspects associated with the proposals.

Through working closely with the clients’ project team and the highway authority, the medical centre was granted planning permission in December 2020.

For more information in relation to this project or assistance with a similar scheme please contact or call on 0117 925 1027

Map of Ratby Medical Centre area

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