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Paul Tucker QC and Anthony Gill secure permission for 258 dwellings in Hartford
The key issue at appeal was the traffic generation likely from the housing development and the current network capacity and levels of congestion in this part of Cheshire.
There has been significant housing development in the locality in recent years and the interactions of traffic from a number of sites was an issue at large at appeal.
In cross examining the Council’s case, Paul successfully established that any increase in average journey time in the network would be ‘imperceptible to drivers, amounting to a small number of seconds and metres’.
The decision is interesting in the Inspector’s acceptance that peak hour spreading while not ideal would not significantly harm the local highway network and its ability to meet the needs of users.
‘Peak hour spreading’ is the extension of the busiest periods on a network beyond the core peak commuting hours. Whilst ‘not ideal’ it does amount to greater utilisation of the network so that we don’t just have roads for the busiest two hours of the day and can lead to work and lifestyle choices where drivers limit or more flexibly plan their journeys. Such behavioural changes are likely to be increasingly necessary in the push for a more sustainable use of infrastructure and resources.
Paul Tucker QC and Anthony Gill were instructed by Matthew Gilbert of The Planning Consultancy. Philip Robson represented Cheshire West and Chester Council.
A copy of the decision letter can be found here.