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.
Since the successful award of outline planning permission 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.