Bollards agreed to mitigate road safety and flood concerns

A detailed scheme for rising bollards to control traffic movement is sufficient to discharge a condition on outline permission for a mixed housing and commercial scheme in West Yorkshire, an inspector has decided.

The condition had been imposed on permission to redevelop a former industrial estate close to a town centre. It required details of the means by which use of a route through the site would be restricted to buses and emergency vehicles and closed in the event of flooding. The council was particularly concerned that without measures in place to restrict traffic, the route could be used as a rat-run to avoid the congested town centre.

The appellants proposed to discharge the condition by installing a rising bollard system, which would also prevent access during floods, and an automatic number plate recognition camera. Operation and maintenance would be secured by a legal contract for the lifetime of the development and a residents' management company would control which vehicles would be recognised by the camera.

The council suggested an alternative bus gate camera system controlled and monitored by its staff, which would require a traffic regulation order and a commuted sum for maintenance. In the absence of details of this option and doubts that it would prevent access in the event of a flood, the inspector did not find this proposal realistic. She found that the details submitted to discharge the condition would satisfy the reasons for imposing it and allowed the appeal.

Inspector: Diane Cragg; Written representations

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