‘Discharge of condition 11 [Highway works] in connection with planning application 15/02170/CCD: Loosing Hill Bus Station, Hexham. 16/00071/DISCON’
Hexham Civic Society has lodged an objection to the proposed Discharge of Conditions application for highway works associated with the new bus station at Loosing Hill. Readers may recall the 10,000 name petition gathered by Local resident Dr Anne Pickering against the move to the new site, which was argued for as being necessary on grounds of public safety because of apparent manoeuvring issues on the present town centre site.
Hexham Civic Society were concerned at the relocation to a more distant site, and felt that the necessary pedestrian improvement measures that might make access to the more remote Loosing Hill site acceptable were not evident in the application. The highway works proposed in the approved application (15/02170/CCD) failed to cater for main pedestrian desire lines from the south of Priestpopple to the site.
A ‘Discharge of Conditions’ application is now being assessed by NCC and Hexham Civic Society has objected to the proposed highway works. We do not believe that pedestrians have been given the primacy that they should be given according to national highway guidance. Our objections is copied below. If you have a view on the proposed works please make them known to the Case Officer at NCC via the NCC website at: https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application quoting reference 16/00071/DISCON.
Our objection reads:
Hexham Civic Society object to the above application, 16/00071/DISCON for the following reasons:-
It does not comply with the national guidance for Local Authorities, Manual for Streets 2. This document stipulates a movement hierarchy in which primacy is given to pedestrian and cycle movement, with public transport second and lastly private vehicles. The proposed scheme fails to provide adequate means of pedestrian access to the bus station site in a direct and safe manner.
Whilst an analysis of the movement of buses, heavy goods vehicles and cars has been carried out, no analysis appears to have been carried out of the potential flow of pedestrians. We expect nothing less than easy and convenient pedestrian access to the bus station. This is a bus station in a market town which should give priority to pedestrians. It is clear that a substantial proportion of users of the facility will wish to travel from the western corner of Maiden’s Walk to the northern side of the A695 to the west of the bus egress point. No provision has been made for crossing at this point and the provision of “planting to deter pedestrians” clearly sets out to deter this main desire line. (more…)