Good design and masterplanning will result in a new community that maximises local living and minimises the need for longer distance travel. This will be done by providing community facilities such as a primary school, local shops, healthcare facilities, leisure uses and employment opportunities which all promote movement within the locality of the site.
Access to the main Barracks site is proposed via various access points off Edith Weston Road, Pennine Drive and Welland Road. The potential future satellite settlement is served from Wytchley Warren Lane. Access to the Officer’s Mess site from the highway network is proposed via two existing access points from Manton Road and Edith Weston Road.
ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
A high level transport assessment has been prepared, which quantifies the traffic generation at St George’s Barracks, where this is likely to route and what impact it could have on links and junctions. In order to facilitate the expected increase in road traffic movements, a number of road infrastructure improvements would be required. These will include localised junction improvements and road widening.
Public transport will play a major role in helping to reduce the levels of road-based journeys generated by the new community. The development will be designed to accommodate high quality public transport services, building significantly upon the existing service provision in the area.
This could include improved frequency of the No.12 service between Uppingham and Stamford and improved linkage with the No.9 service between Oakham, Stamford and Peterborough, for which an improved frequency could also be provided. Better buses including those with smart ticketing capability and WiFi connectivity would be considered together with better links with rail services at Oakham and Stamford stations.
In time, there may even be an opportunity to provide a railway station near North Luffenham, on the cross-country line between Birmingham and Stansted Airport. This could also include a dedicated bus link with the new community.
WALKING & CYCLING
Internally, the development will be designed to incorporate a welldefined walking and cycling network. Externally, the development will provide strategic walking and cycling links to nearby villages, as well other areas such as Oakham, Stamford and Rutland Water. It will also connect with existing national routes, such as Sustrans Route 63.
Car parking within the new community will adhere to Rutland County Council’s existing parking standards as a minimum (adopted October 2014). The quantum of residential parking spaces is determined by the number of rooms per dwelling and the quantum of non-residential parking is generally determined by the floorspace of the land uses. Provision for motorcycle and cycle parking will be incorporated into the site design.