Pedestrian safety fears overruled in housing estate scheme

Permission was granted for the erection of 36 dwellings in Cornwall an inspector satisfied that it would not compromise pedestrian safety.

At the southern end of the site a road narrowed and had a stretch where there was no pedestrian footway. A nominal footway was demarcated with a white broken line but no substantive evidence had been presented on accidents the inspector concluded. Inevitably the development would create more pedestrian and traffic movements but the appellant had agreed to construct a new footway which would partly overlap with the nominal footway. The latter would remain but an enhanced contrasting road surface would be provided which would draw more attention to it. The narrowness of the road would also be more likely to generate slower vehicle speeds. Although the outcome was not ideal the sachem with proposed improvements would not comprise an unrealistic safety risk.

Inspector: Andrew Dawe; Written representations

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