Substandard footway acceptable for new homes approval

Seven new homes at the edge of a village in Lancashire were allowed on the grounds that the residual cumulative impacts of the scheme were not severe in highway and pedestrian safety terms.

The inspector focussed on the main issue of highway and pedestrian safety. The scheme for seven detached dwellings would involve a new access via a cul-de-sac with a 2 metre footway reducing to only 1.2 metres for a 15 metre length. The council were concerned regarding the substandard width of the new footway and the reduction of a left turn radii as a result of its introduction. The inspector referred to Manual for Streets (MfS) and Inclusive Mobility and considered that although the reduced footway width was longer than that advised in MfS, the low level of pedestrian movements and good intervisibility meant the impact on pedestrian and highway safety was minimal. Equally, she felt the reduction of the left turn radii was not a significant issue given the low vehicle speeds, lack of on-street parking and 5 metre distance to the junction. She concluded that the existing physical constraints of the site affected the highway solutions that could be implemented in this case, but that which were proposed were acceptable.

Inspector: Helen Hockenhull; Written Representations

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