Project Description

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

TPA were first instructed by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (GCCC) in 2006 to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and to provide transport planning services in support of a planning application for a new 20,000 all-seater stadium, including corporate hospitality, conference and restaurant facilities, the construction of a 350 bedroom student accommodation and ancillary uses including a club office, shop, sports club, media centre and parking. We looked at what happens at present in terms of existing matches and prepared and agreed with the local highway authority a comprehensive Transport Assessment, Travel Plan and an Event Day Traffic Management Plan. Based on surveys carried out for spectator travel, public consultation events and in conjunction with highway officers, we developed expanded match day measures for temporary parking restrictions and road closures, new signage and increased stewarding to make it difficult for spectator cars to enter the area.

Traffic management and travel planning initiatives were proposed and agreed as part of the S106 Agreement including expanded park and ride bus services, additional parking restrictions and signage to improve junction and highway safety, pedestrian and cycle facility improvements and upgrading of bus facilities. The student accommodation would be car free and this would be written into the terms of their tenancy. Agreement was reached with the local highway authority through negotiation that the site is located sustainably and the proposed Ground improvements and student accommodation would not have a material impact on the local on-street parking and the operation or safety of the highway network. Planning permission was granted in February 2011.

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TPA was subsequently instructed by GCCC and Linden Homes in 2011 to update the Transport Assessment and Travel Plan to support a new planning application for the modernisation of the Ground to include 7500 permanent seats and ancillary facilities and a 147 dwelling apartment building. The key difference between this application and previous application is the maximum capacity of the Ground was reduced to 17,500 seats and residential accommodation replaced the student accommodation. 111 basement car parking spaces were also proposed for the apartments compared to the no car student scheme. The same transport related S106 heads of terms as per the previous application were proposed as part of the new application.

Significant community engagement was carried out and the majority of the respondents preferred residential over student accommodation, although there were concerns that the amount of parking would not be sufficient and this could lead to parking congestion in the local area and conflict with the operation of the adjacent primary school and City of Bristol College. TPA carried out detailed negotiations with the local highway authority and undertook parking surveys to confirm the availability of parking on the local streets, assessed local car ownership levels and prepared a detailed Residential Travel Plan, which included the provision of car club cars and spaces and bus and cycle vouchers for residents. It was agreed with the Council that with these measures for the residential element and the reduced capacity of the Ground would not create parking or traffic problems or lead to unacceptable highway safety problems in the local area or conflicting with the school or college in traffic or transport terms. The planning application was approved at planning committee in May 2012.