Tamworth Borough Council
BWB Consulting was appointed by Staffordshire County Council and Tamworth Borough Council as preferred consultants to appraise a number of potential transport packages associated with the Anker Valley Sustainable Urban Extension to the north west of Tamworth. The 125-hectare scheme would deliver a combined residential development of up to 2,400 dwellings.
The Anker Valley site is constrained by railway lines to the south and west, resulting is restricted access opportunities. The points of access are onto a congested section of the highway network, particularly on the Upper Gungate Corridor, so it was always envisaged that significant infrastructure would be associated with the development. However the cost of some of the anticipated infrastructure were significant and were affecting the viability and deliverability of the project. Our role was to consider individual infrastructure requirements or transport packages and constraints to the site, whilst reviewing the quantum of houses to be delivered associated with each infrastructure element. The costs associated with the infrastructure element were reviewed and considered as part of the deliverability of the housing.
A number of transport options were highlighted which included options aimed at improving the connectivity and access of vehicular, pedestrian and cycle routes to link the Sustainable Urban Extension to the town centre. BWB reviewed each option for its technical feasibility and deliverability against criteria such as local and strategic connectivity, environmental issues, deliverability and financial viability to assist in unlocking economic growth in the region.
The location of the site, on the boundary between neighbouring authorities with land allocations for development on either side of the administrative boundary, meant that and consultation and agreement with wider stakeholders including the neighbouring authorities was required. This contract example demonstrates BWB's ability to consult and agree with multiple stakeholders, whilst also demonstrating our ability to input infrastructure costs into appraisals that affect the deliverability of scheme proposals.