Connect Consultants residential development

Wood Burcote Road, Towcester

Connect Consultants was appointed by the Jackson-Stops family to provide highways and transportation advice in order to help them deliver their aspirations for a residential development at Wood Burcote Court, south Towcester.

The scheme included up to 210 dwellings in a woodland setting, along with a linear public park connecting Towcester to the proposed Sustainable Urban Extension, Towcester Vale, further to the south.

From the start of our involvement, the client’s aspiration for the balance between low-density attractive housing, providing a linear public park, and scheme viability has been of utmost importance.

Primary access was proposed via a roundabout junction, with the design of the internal layout based on Manual for Street principles of low vehicle speeds and shared surfaces.

Two trunk roads run through Towcester, both of which are very sensitive to small changes in traffic demand, and for which any improvements would be very costly to provide.

Through careful negotiation with both the then Highways Agency and Northamptonshire County Council, the physical highway mitigation measures were minimised, scheme viability was maintained, and the client’s aspirations were achieved.

Connect resolved all highways and transportation issues whilst maintaining an astute commercial attitude, interacting with the team using our practical knowledge of scheme delivery to arrive at a solution that satisfies the client’s key aspirations.


Fairbridge Way, Burgess Hill

Connect was appointed by Glenbeigh Developments to provide highways and transport advice relating to the promotion of a residential development at the former sewage treatment works at Fairbridge Way, Burgess Hill.

The proposals included 325 dwellings. The complicating factors for this proposal included the fact that the access road serving the site follows a stream and is constrained by land boundaries, meaning that achieving an engineering design to adoptable standards needed to be diligently thought-out.

The existing access road served a waste transfer station and travellers’ site, and in order to achieve a housing development that would be attractive in a commercial market, an alternative access for these two sites needed to be secured through an adjoining industrial estate.

Connect produced a Transport Assessment which resolved the planning matters for the residential development, including sustainable access, emergency access, vehicular access, and off-site transport mitigation. A Design and Access Statement was produced in relation to an application for the alternative access for the existing uses.

All the highways- and transport-related matters were resolved by Connect, in accordance with the client’s aims.

Connect Consultants residential development highway design