The multi-disciplinary expertise of BWB played a key role in helping secure outline planning consent for a 230-home extension to the Farndon Fields residential estate near Market Harborough. We were commissioned by CJC Development Co. to provide environmental, transport and infrastructure services as part of the successful planning application to Harborough District Council.
With the 628 dwellings of Phase 1 already under construction, the developers proposed that the additional homes in the 10.5 hectare extension would be accessed by extending two existing cul-de-sacs into full roads. BWB's Transport Assessment demonstrated that these two access points would be acceptable for the volume of extra traffic generated by the new development. Leicestershire County Council expressed concerns about how several local junctions would cope with the extra traffic and we demonstrated that mitigation measures were not necessary.
Additional BWB inputs for the planning submission included drainage, flood risk, utilities and a Geo-environmental Desk Study. The planning application was approved by the council in 2015.
BWB's Land team completed a Geo-environmental Desk Study to support the plans to redevelop of the site from an agricultural land use. Our study identified potential constraints which included the presence of a steep sided lagoon and an earth mound with possible badger setts and variable ground conditions. We recommended a ground investigation to confirm the site's ground conditions and inform foundation design along with an ecological assessment to investigate the potential presence of badgers.