Project Description

Barton Farm, Winchester

Transport Planning Associates has had deep involvement with the progressive creation of a new community at Barton Farm in Winchester. We joined the project team, led by the client Cala Homes (South) Ltd, to take the proposed mixed use development through planning including an appeal on the basis of the council’s non-determination.

This exciting new development, which benefits from outline planning permission will provide 2,000 private and affordable homes along with a new vibrant local centre including a primary school, food store, local shops, pub, community building and play areas.

High quality urban design is of the greatest importance for Cala Homes, and one particular issue for the site was Andover Road, the main road into Winchester. This road, if retained as it is currently, would sever the proposed development from the existing community preventing high quality integration of one with the other. We therefore looked closely at various options with the local highway authority, developing a solution which will divert the road and down-grade the existing road to a cycling and pedestrian green route with vehicle access to existing frontages only.

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We also looked at the overall levels of accessibility at the new suburb. With the provision of 2,000 homes we had to ensure that people had a range of travel choices for their daily commute and to access services and facilities beyond the Barton Farm development. To this end a Public Transport Strategy was devised which included a high frequency circular bus service connecting Barton Farm with the city centre, Winchester Railway Station and a 200 space Park and Ride facility which will be used to capture existing commuters passing the site thus cutting down congestion within the city centre.

Since the successful award of outline planning permission in October 2012 further to appeal, we have worked closely with the project team to take phase 1A and 1B of the development through the Reserved Matters process. This has included the detailed design of access roads and the redesign of one of the key highways junctions, to focus on urban design rather than vehicular capacity to provide an innovative ‘squareabout’ layout which incorporates hard and soft landscaping measures to better integrate the junction into the existing streetscape.

The next steps will be to implement the comprehensive Travel Plan we prepared for the development to actively manage travel with the key target of reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles.