Traffic Survey - a reality check!

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As readers will know, Henbury Parish Council have formally objected to the planning application for a large housing development on land between Chelford Road and Whirley Road. The Transport Statement that accompanied the planning application had concluded (amongst other things) that:

  • The traffic impact assessment has demonstrated that the proposed development would be able to be accommodated on the local highway network.
  • The proposals will have a negligible impact on the local highway network

This was based partly on a survey carried out at morning and evening rush hour around the Broken Cross roundabout on a particular Wednesday in June. Many residents felt that the survey did not represent a true picture of a normal day.

Following this, Henbury Parish Council commissioned an independent survey to obtain an impartial comparison.

The key findings from the comparison are now available, and make interesting reading. You can see the full results here.

  • Queue lengths are between 200% and 410% higher than those submitted in the planning submission
  • Vehicle flow counts are 27% and 25% higher, in the morning and afternoon periods, respectively

The results in the original Transport Statement were used to estimate the impact of the development traffic on traffic capacity, and also on air quality within the Broken Cross Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).

Henbury Parish Council have therefore submitted details of this new survey to Cheshire East Planning Department to support their objection to the planning application.

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