Portsmouth City Council has recently granted planning permission for the development of land adjacent to Fratton Way for a 60,000sq.ft retail store, petrol filling station and associated car parking provision. In addition, new dedicated car parking provision is provided for Portsmouth Football Club along with new media facilities, food court and VIP visitors’ area.

Our team in Cambridge worked closely with the Point Estates LLP project team including Barton Willmore who provided town planning services, Chetwoods Architects, Dentons Solicitors and Stace Project Managers to achieve this successful resolution.

Highways and transport issues were a major concern raised in consultation and with the highway authority. Through our work we liaised extensively with the City Council highway officers, and our traffic analysis examined in detail the effect a new retail store would have on the distribution of traffic in the local area. We also specifically assessed the impact of the development on highway capacity at local pedestrian crossings to demonstrate that on match days the football club supporter movements would not adversely affect highway operation.

Improvements to cycling infrastructure were also provided as we liaised with the local cycle forum to realign a local footpath / cycle track that crossed the site and developed measures to enhance access to local bus services. In addition, sustainable transport measures such as the provision of real-time passenger information, low floor bus access platforms, and new and improved pedestrian and cycle facilities were proposed as part of the development.