Transportation helps Warfield Park Homes win Planning Appeal

4 10 2017

The Stilwell Partnership were pleased to be able to make a key Transportation contribution towards the success of this Appeal by Warfield Park Homes of Bracknell.

A Planning Application locating up to 82 mobile homes on their adjoining land, with suitable alternative green space (SANG), and informal open space, together with access improvements, landscape and diversity measures had been refused by Bracknell Forest Borough Council.

Warfield Park Homes appealed and on 27 September 2017, the Planning Inspector published the decision.  The Appeal was allowed and planning permission granted subject to conditions and a section 106 agreement.

One of the main issues considered by the Inspector was whether the proposed development would be in a sustainable location in respect of proximity to everyday services and facilities.

Warfield Sustainability Map

Transportation issues were carefully considered by the Inspector and described at length within the decision notice.  The Inspector considered the available facilities on site and the needs of future residents to leave the site for education and employment.

The Inspector considered the Stilwell Partnership’s Transportation Assessment (TA) and Sustainability Drawing in the context of current Planning Policies.  Referring to Providing for Journeys on Foot and Manual for Streets guidance, the TA had referred to acceptable walking distances and available public transport to reach off site facilities.  The TA also included a trip analysis to indicate the likely traffic generated by the development.

The Inspector concluded that “Whilst not well-connected, neither would (the site) be in a completely unsustainable location with no choice of transport mode or give rise to greatly increased car travel. In these respects, it would be consistent with the development plan.

The Stilwell Partnership were pleased to be part of the Project Team providing Transportation, Drainage and Sustainable Energy input to the proposed development.

The Inspector also considered the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the countryside and commented “whilst the proposed development would encroach into the countryside, being similar in form and appearance to the existing development at Warfield Park, it would not be unduly incongruous or uncharacteristic”, and that “The biodiversity improvements over the remainder, and considerably larger part, of the appeal site would enhance its character.

The Project Team was led by GVA on behalf of Warfield Park Homes and included Woolf Bond Planning Consultants; HDA Enviro, Landscaping and Ecology; and legal services by Tozers Solicitors and 39 Essex Chambers.





The Jockey Club promotes Sustainable Travel for Cheltenham Racecourse

16 08 2017

Cheltham Racecourse New Stand

Stilwell Partnership are pleased to be appointed Travel Plan Coordinator by the Jockey Club for the prestigious Cheltenham Racecourse improvement.

The Jockey Club’s sustainability policy has ambitious targets for reducing energy, increasing the proportion of recycled waste, and minimising the impact of their business on the environment.

Their £45m investment for the new grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse included the implementation of a Travel Plan.  The Travel Plan promotes alternative sustainable forms of transport for racegoers and staff travelling to and from the site.  Monitored and reviewed over a 10-year period by the Travel Plan Coordinator, the Plan sets challenging targets.  The aim is to reduce traffic congestion and delays, reduce CO2 and NOx emissions from vehicle exhausts and improve air quality.

As Travel Plan Coordinator, the Stilwell Partnership are responsible for the Plan’s performance, periodically reviewing the use of public transport, cycling, and walking to reach the site.  We would also be responsible for identifying further measure to improve uptake.  Results will be analysed and shared with the County Council Highway Authority, who are responsible for overseeing progress.

Advance publicity will provide a range of sustainable transport options so that visitors and staff can travel safely and efficiently to and from the course.  Options will include walking & cycling routes, public transport, and car sharing.  The location of car charging points for electric vehicles will also be provided.

Around 300,000 visitors attend the annual 4-day National Hunt festival in March.  In addition, an increasing number of visitors attend other popular race meetings throughout the year.  Outside these periods there is frequent use of the course facilities for conferences and exhibitions.

Implementing a Travel Plan at Cheltenham Racecourse provides valuable data that can used to further improve the uptake of sustainable transport elsewhere.  Successful techniques learned here may be introduced at other racecourses or sporting events around the country.

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Derbyshire Development Wins Planning

12 07 2017

The Stilwell Partnership were pleased to help their long-standing client, Tapton Estates, win Outline Planning Approval for the proposed development of Derwentside Industrial Park, Belper, Derbyshire.

Amber Valley Borough Council unanimously approved the Application on 11 July 2017.

The scheme comprised the demolition and clearance of existing industrial buildings and re-use of the 6-ha site for 136 residential units.  The proposals also included access improvements and associated works.

Belper Tapton Master Plan

The Stilwell Partnership, with colleagues from the Patrick Parsons Group, put together a comprehensive package of technical assessments addressing many of the contentious issues and potential financial challenges facing development of the site:

The Transportation Assessment addressed potential future Traffic Impact and the long-term sustainability of the site.

The Travel Plan Framework provided an overall strategy to encourage sustainable transport measures; to increase walking, cycling, use of public transport and encourage more efficient car-use.

The Geo-Environmental Assessment examined the geotechnical issues on the site including ground conditions, potential contamination, and the building foundation requirements.

The Utility Constraints Assessment ensured there was adequate service capacity for future development without major investment in utility diversions.

The Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy confirmed that there was minimal flood risk on the site and that a foul and surface water drainage system was feasible within the capacity of local network.

The Noise Assessment considered the impact of noise from nearby roads and suggested mitigation measures that could be incorporated into future development.

On this proposed development, the Stilwell Partnership worked closely with the other project team members; David Lock Architects, FPCR Environment and Design Ltd and Rigby and Co, Commercial Property Agents.

If you would like to know more about these individual reports, or how we can deliver a successful one-stop package of services for your development, please phone our office on 0333 700 401 or email us


New Marriott Hotel, Cable Street, New Cross, City of Manchester

13 10 2016

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The Stilwell Partnership supported the successful Planning Application by Axcel Property Developments Ltd for a new Marriott hotel providing multidisciplinary design advice including Highways & Transportation, Drainage, Low Carbon Energy and Noise Assessments.

A full Planning Application was submitted for a 172-bedroom hotel on the brownfield site of a surface car park in Cable Street in Manchester’s New Cross area. The development comprised the hotel (Class C1) with associated public realm, landscaping and other associated work. Proposals included a café bar, fitness centre, meeting rooms and associated servicing areas.

Our package of engineering design services included:

A Transport Statement of the development’s transportation impact on the local highway network. Our assessment considered sustainable forms of transport, including opportunities for walking and cycling, and the accessibility to public transport. We also considered servicing and emergency vehicle access. Our assessment concluded that the development could be accommodated without detriment to vehicular flows and road safety.

A Drainage Strategy, to minimise the impact on the wider area from surface and foul water from the proposed development. The very confined site limited the range of sustainable drainage options. An attenuation solution was identified to control the surface water run-off.

The Noise Assessment highlighted the application site was in a relatively noisy area impacted from road traffic noise on the A665 Addington Street.  Mitigation action proposed triple glazing to the bedrooms on the assumption the hotel would have air conditioning, to control internal noise levels to meet the standards set by WHO and BS 8233:2014.

Manchester City’s Planning Policies place great emphasis on decentralised energy schemes in the City centre. Using our CHP modelling software, the Sustainable Energy Assessment determined that the proposed development would be able to potentially contribute towards a future local district heating scheme and achieve an improvement of at least 15% CO2 emissions based on the predicted energy demand.


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The end of the Code for Sustainable Homes, Sustainability Statement and Pre Assessments

12 05 2015

Councils will now only be able to impose certain nationally agreed sustainability levels as planning requirements for new residential developments, the technical details of which will be contained within the Building Regulations. The government hopes this will help reduce the cost and complexity of building homes in England and stop the cherry picking approach to housing standards.

Thanks to the Housing Standards Review, the Code for Sustainable Homes has now effectively been removed from planning policy in England and was removed in Wales in 2014.

The Ministerial Statement said: “…local planning authorities and qualifying bodies preparing neighbourhood plans should not be set in their emerging local plans, neighbourhood plans, or supplementary planning documents, any additional local technical standards or requirements relating to the construction, internal layout or performance of new dwellings. This includes any policy requiring any level of the Code of Sustainable Homes to be achieved by new development; the government has now withdrawn the code, aside from the management of legacy cases”.

What this means for you:

New Planning Application for housing will not be required to achieve any specific Code for Sustainable Homes standards. A range of standards for access and water efficiency will be applied to new schemes by planning, some of which provide a higher standard than the minimum national building regulations – these technical standards will be enforced through the Building Regulation process Space standards will be nationally described and will be implemented through the planning system. In addition, a new security standard has now been included in the Building Regulations (Part Q) Waste storage standards will now be properly considered in new housing development. All existing Planning Applications (or when a site has started) will need to continue with Code Standards (unless the condition is removed). Housing Association and RSLs will still need to apply Code Standards under the National Affordable Housing Programme.


Vacancies for Highways, Drainage and Infrastructure Design Technicians and Graduates.

16 04 2015

Would you like to improve the UK’s Highways and Drainage infrastructure?
Could you design improvements to our country’s flooding problems?

Due to our continued successful growth, The Stilwell Partnership Consulting Engineers is looking for Highways, Drainage and Infrastructure Design Technicians and Graduates to support our diverse range of projects.

We would provide training to develop suitable candidates in this specialist field. Applicants would preferably have:

  • Good analytical and communication skills
  • A technical design background, capable of adapting to other engineering disciplines
  • Good computer skills with working knowledge of Word, Excel, and AutoCAD if possible
  • The job will involve occasional site visits so a clean driver’s license would also be required

The posts would be office based at the headquarters in Ash Vale. Our modern pleasant offices have generous parking and are ideally connected for rail commuting being close to both Ash Vale and North Camp rail stations.

Our friendly staff and relaxed work environment has resulted in the company being shortlisted in the NCE best employer awards.

So if you are a school leaver, graduate or fully trained engineer and would like to join our dynamic company, contact us by sending your CV and covering letter to

A new housing development aims to set new standards for sustainable development and village style living

12 06 2014

A primary school, 1,000 new homes and a riverside park could be built on the site of a former quarry in Walton if plans for a new village community are agreed. Proposals for the site, which is currently used for commercial storage and grazing horses, have been unveiled by developer Bonnar Allan.

Drake Park, will contain 1,000 homes, with 500 affordable and 500 to be sold privately. The homes, set within 147 acres of landscaped parkland, would be a range of one and two-bedroom flats, three and four-bedroom townhouses, three and four-bedroom semi-detached houses and four and five-bedroom detached houses.

The village creates a pleasant, open environment for all with a continuing habitat for wildlife and designed where one can safely walk or cycle, catch the bus or train and minimise the use of the motorcar. It also includes a riverside walkway, open grasslands habitat and picnic facilities

Project Team members, The Stilwell Partnership Consulting Engineers, have been responsible for bringing together all the technical elements. This included dealing with Ecology, the Geotechnical issues, Highway Engineering, Sustainable Drainage, Renewable and Low Carbon Energy to ensure the development achieves its sustainability aspirations.

The proposed development uses the full spectrum of sustainable design techniques to achieve low carbon living, providing low energy costs to future residents and enhancing the local environment.

The overall design aims to enhance the local environment through the provision of green spaces, wildlife habitats and biodiversity features, and the improvement of the river corridor. As the lake, river and copse remain unchanged, the ecologist has confirmed that there will be no negative impact on the indigenous or migratory wildlife.

The engineers have integrated sustainable transport principles into the infrastructure design to cater for all road users; pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users, car owners and service vehicles. The location benefits from existing transport networks (buses to Kingston, Walton and Esher trains to London, Esher, Weybridge, Woking and Guildford) and the design and location of new civic amenities means that within the village most people can access shopping, education, medical, recreation and leisure amenities on foot.

In addition, sustainable urban drainage techniques have been incorporated to contain the surface water run-off on the site and not disturb the hydrology of the surrounding area.

The construction of the buildings shall aspire to achieve Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and include Lifetime Homes, exceeding that usually required by the Planning Authorities or Building Regulations. These codes set wide-ranging standards including consideration of energy efficiency, water conservation, use of sustainable and recycled construction materials, and local ecology.

The CO2 emissions arising from the development’s energy use will be significantly reduced by a range of measures. The highly insulated buildings, incorporating the latest energy efficiency measures and A+ appliances fitted as standard will all contribute towards reducing the carbon impact of the site. This will be further reduced by the application of low carbon and renewable energy technologies, such as combined heat and power, biomass, hydro, PV and solar panels. The adopted sustainable energy solution for the site will incorporate the technologies that achieve maximum utilisation and CO2 savings performance.

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