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Transport and street design for a new settlement in Essex

Transport and street design for a new settlement in Essex

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The work focused on how the transport and access requirements of the new settlement could be met with low dependence on the private car. The rural location made this challenging, but the existence of an existing public transport corridor was thought to make it possible to achieve low car dependence, especially if the new settlement had a good range of local facilities, and a reasonable degree of self-containment in  terms of education and employment.

The project tackled both the strategic transport aspect (primarily movement to and from the new settlement) and local movement. Local movement had to be catered for primarily on foot and cycle, and this required configuration of the housing and other land uses to make the routes for walking and cycling direct, convenient and of a high quality.

These access considerations and their impact on urban form were discussed with the whole multi-disciplinary team during a whole day event initiated by Tim Pharoah. This proved to be an efficient way of ironing out problems, and highlighting issues that needed further exploration.

Contraction of the housing and property market in 2009-2010 meant that the plans were on hold at the time of writing (late 2014).

Date(s)2008-2009
Client(s)Private sector developer
Team(s)Tim Pharoah with Chetwoods and ScottWilson

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new settlement, transport planning, street design, urban design, sustainable transport, sustainable development

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