Client: Premier Inn Whitbread & Endurance Land Ltd
Location: Farringdon Road, Islington, London
RGP was instructed by Premier Inn Whitbread and Endurance Land Ltd to provide highway advice for the proposed demolition of the existing 294 space NCP car park and the redevelopment for a mixed-use building consisting of 4,242 sqm of office space, 171 hotel bedrooms and 527 sqm of retail space.
RGP produced the Transport Assessment, Travel Plan as well as a Delivery & Servicing Management Plan which accompanied the planning application as well as providing expert witness input at the appeal which took the form of a Public Inquiry in January 2018.
The development proposals were for a car-free scheme, with a well-managed delivery and servicing strategy on a site allocated by the Council for development. Although ultimately recommended by Officers for approval, London Borough of Islington Planning Committee members refused the application, for various reasons including transport matters such as a perceived lack of public transport accessibility and concerns regarding the proposed servicing arrangements.
As well as the Council defending their position at the appeal, the proposals were also challenged at the Public Inquiry by a local residents’ group under “Rule 6 Party” status.
By undertaking qualitative and quantitative assessments (including PTAL and a PERS Audit) and reviewing relevant transport planning policies and current research documents, RGP was able to demonstrate the site’s excellent accessibility credentials, thus making it a suitable location for a car-free hotel development.
At the Inquiry, RGP was able to demonstrate how the proposed delivery/servicing strategy, whilst not strictly adhering to London Borough of Islington’s policy, would be acceptable and could be safely managed through the implementation of a bespoke and well considered Delivery & Servicing Management Plan. The main point on this matter was that sufficient space was not be available within the application site for a delivery vehicle to undertake a 3-point turn to enable it to egress in a forward gear and hence a bespoke solution was developed by RGP which was accepted by the Council and Rule 6 Party representatives during the course of the appeal and ultimately also the Inspector in his decision.
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