There is one main entry point to the site, from the southerly boundary adjacent to the B3123. The road adjacent to the site is a 30mph zone. There are good sight lines for vehicles exiting the site in both directions, as the road is reasonably straight. Road surface levels will make entrance and exit fairly level. The current access to the site is too narrow and will be incorporated into a private garden and parking spaces for Springfield Cottage. A new entry to the site is proposed that will be wider and allow separation from Springfield cottage, so there may be two separate entrances or just one, we will wait for the report from our transport consultants.
Within the site there will be a principal access road from which visitor and private parking will be accessed. There is provision for large vehicle turning towards the top of the site to allow emergency vehicles to get within 45m of all properties.
There will be parking on site, a total of 64 parking spaces, although we would like to reduce this. 6 spaces will be dedicated visitor parking and 6 spaces will be for the EV car club. There will be wiring provision for EV charging at every space, although not every space will have a chargepoint installed yet. There will also be some rapid charging facilities for general public use. There will be 8 disabled parking spaces.
The site is within the lowest risk Environment Agency Flood Risk Zone 1, and there is no history of any flooding on site; therefore, no specific flood mitigation measures are necessary in the design of the buildings. French drains are a standard part of the slab construction for the dwellings. However, the lowest point in the south east corner has previously had some issues with surface water, these will be addressed as part of the Sustainable Urban Drainage Strategy (SUDS).
A geo-technical survey has been carried out in advance of the full planning application. This includes specific percolation tests particularly on the lower half of the site. All hard landscaping, roads and car parking will be constructed of permeable materials. If required drainage channels will be included linking to the SUDS System. The drainage strategy has been developed by the design team working together.
Roof rainwater runoff will be diverted to a rainwater harvesting system in each courtyard. This can be used for landscaping and domestic use where appropriate to reduce overall water consumption. Overflow will be connected to the on-site attenuation pond system.