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Double Planning Permission Success for Modal Group

Modal Group transport consultants were commissioned by Daisy Clough Nurseries to provide highway advice relating to a proposal to replace a residential dwelling on the site of the nursery. Daisy Chain Nurseries are based on the outskirts of the village of Scorton, south of Lancaster, Lancashire. Daisy Clough Nurseries also requested Modal Group to support a second application in connection with improving the facilities at the nursery. Further to Modal’s recommendations, both schemes were successfully approved and work can now commence.

The first application report was to provide highway details regarding a new access point for the proposed new residential dwelling that would be relocated within the existing site to a more convenient position. The dwelling was to include outdoor parking for 2 vehicles as well as a garage that could accommodate a further 2 vehicles. As part of the overall restructuring, the current main entrance to the house would be gated and would only be used for staff and deliveries.

Meanwhile, for the second application Modal Group were asked to provide highway advice regarding further alterations to the nursery site layout to improve parking facilities for visitors, some building alterations and a proposed café. Customers currently park in an ad hoc manner either at the layby or adjacent to the main access road. The proposals therefore included a new car park within the site with 26 car parking spaces of which 2 would be designated for disabled use. The main customer entrance would remain.

As part of the work carried out by Modal Group, a transport statement was produced which was supported by a detailed week long speed survey to help calculate visibility splays for the new access point.

In conclusion, Modal Group found that the replacement dwelling and its new access would not have a material impact on the safety of the local highway network. Meanwhile, Modal’s assessment of the proposal to make alterations to the site concluded that the additional traffic associated with the changes on-site would be minimal. The vegetation that currently affects the visibility splay area will be cut back and thereafter kept clear of the visibility splay. Overall, the proposals would also not have a significant impact on the local highway network and ultimately Modal group recommended both proposals for approval. Working with Mason Gillibrand Architects, both planning proposals were accepted by the local council.