Casebook: Appeal case - Commercial and Industrial - Bridge benefits deemed sufficient to win approval

A bridge over the River Trent in Staffordshire has won support from an inspector who decided that the crossing and associated access roads would help to reduce the distance travelled by heavy goods vehicles.

The appellants occupied a large site that generated high volumes of lorry movements. Access involved using two bridges across the river and the appellants argued that both had significant disadvantages. The northern route passed through major built-up areas while the southern access passed over a single carriageway bridge controlled by traffic lights and through a small village.

The inspector noted that the appellants had carried out a detailed examination of ways to improve site access. The scheme involved replacing the bridge on the southern route with one that offered improved capacity without the need for traffic lights, he observed, allowing other road users to benefit through improved access for public transport and cyclists. In his view, the impact of the new bridge and connecting roads would be acceptable and the landscaping proposed would lead to ecological benefits once fully matured.

DCS No: OT100-045-504; Inspector: Brian Wilkinson; Inquiry.


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