CASE STUDY – Croxley View
Project Centre was commissioned by Watford Community Housing Trust (WCHT) to provide transportation advice and produce Transport Assessments to support phases 2-4 of a residential scheme at Croxley View in Watford.
As the scheme developed, it was decided to proceed with two separate applications; one for phase 2 comprising of 86 dwellings, and a second for phases 3 and 4 comprising of 181 dwellings. Our Development Planning team provided design advice on the layout options for all phases and produced two Transport Assessments; one for each application. Phases 2-4 formed a continuation of Croxley View Phase 1 which we had previously advised on and is now constructed.
Throughout the development of the layouts for phases 2-4, we advised on matters relating to access by all modes, and ensured the development met the policy requirements relating to car and cycle parking, and access for refuse and emergency vehicles.
We identified potential issues with the site layout and engaged with the Design Team to develop a layout that met both national and local Watford policy requirements. We considered the potential impacts of the scheme proposals, and undertook assessment using industry-recognised methodologies to determine the extent of potential impacts through the Transport Assessments.
A Travel Plan for the proposals was then produced to propose measures to mitigate any negative impacts of the scheme, and detail how travel by more sustainable modes could be encouraged amongst future residents and visitors to the site.
During this process we considered the potential impacts of the scheme based on the characteristics of the local area. These considerations included impacts on local parking, road safety and junction performance amongst other factors. This exercise, alongside national Transport Assessment guidance, informed scoping proposals which were agreed by Watford Borough Council.
A public consultation event was held to engage with local residents and answer questions or address their concerns. Feedback from the consultation was fed into the assessments undertaken.
Vehicle tracking was undertaken in CAD to ensure the proposed layouts could accommodate all expected vehicle movements, and to ensure larger vehicles such as refuse vehicles and fire appliances could turn within the site.
As the site is situated in an established residential area with no on-street parking controls, it was necessary to evaluate whether the future development parking demand would overspill onto surrounding streets and cause an increase in parking stress. Undertaking on-street parking surveys and estimating potential demand from future residents (using a TRICs-based analysis and junction modelling) allowed us to determine that the proposed parking within the site would be sufficient to accommodate all demand from the development, without a negative impact to existing on-street parking.
During the development of the proposals, our multidisciplinary team were also asked to assist on developing an improvement scheme on Croxley View. We designed a layout that delivered the requirements of:
- improving bus stop facilities,
- improving public realm,
- providing traffic calming,
- formalising / increasing on-street parking,
- improving links from the new development to a park.
It incorporated a bus stop build-out, and seating area to be designed as a ‘gateway feature’ to the park, functioning as a pocket park in itself whilst serving the bus stop and strengthening links into the park.