SITE ACCESS / DUE DILIGENCE
IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL HIGHWAY & TRANSPORT ASPECTS WITH YOUR PROJECT VISION
Are you seeking to acquire land to develop but not sure whether you can accommodate vehicular access that meets highway standards, or the local highway authority has concerns with the existing site access?
The implementation of new site access or modifying existing site access can be challenging if the local authority deems it unsafe or it does not adhere to current highway standards.
We are recognising existing developments that require expanding, or sites seeking a use change are now requiring site access to comply with today’s highway standards, as the site is deemed an intensification of use.
With our experience and design knowledge with site access arrangements, we can provide from desk-top advice to detailed site access drawings highlighting visibility splays, vertical alignments, swept path analysis, to support highway authority requirements.
Based in Colchester, Essex, we have produced site access designs for a variety of sites including retail, commercial, industrial, residential, schools, universities and hospitals in the UK, Australia and internationally.
Site Access Case Studies & Examples
NEW DWELLING TORRINGTON, ESSEX – SITE ACCESS/ DUE DILIGENCE
In 2020, Ayen Consulting prepared planning documents towards an application for a new build two-storey dwelling on land owned by the applicant.
At the due-diligence stage, the assessment revealed the site required vehicular access. By utilising a nearby Right of Way, previously used for agricultural vehicles, through providing details of the access layout with a turning head, visibility splays, Swept Path Analysis etc, we were able to gain planning consent for vehicular access from a nearby main road to serve the site.
With a restricted carriageway width and challenging vertical alignment along the site access road, we produced and submitted well-received detailed drawings with a supporting Technical Report. As well as horizontal alignment and visibility splays, we provided vertical alignments to ensure carriageway gradients and Stopping Sight Distances were by highway design standards.
Our Swept Path Analysis (SPA) highlighted the vehicle movements for potential traffic that may be involved in the site activity once occupied, i.e. fire-tender, private car, providing the Local Highway Authority with confidence that the site would operate safely and have a minimal conflict on traffic in the local area.
'Excellent and very professional service provided by Ayen Consulting to support our Local Plan objection. Efficient data collection with robust analysis and clear presentation in a comprehensive technical report; all completed within a very tight timescale.'
Bildeston Parish Council, Suffolk, UK