As part of the planning application, a detailed Transport Assessment and Travel Plan will be prepared by specialist transport consultants. The Transport Assessment will consider all traffic and transportation matters associated with the No1 Eastside Locks development and will outline any measures required to respond to, or remove, any identified impacts.
The detailed Travel Plan document will be provided to support the Transport Assessment approved as part of the existing outline planning consent. As the development will feature a limited amount of parking, in contrast to the residential scheme proposed as part of the original outline consent, it is anticipated that the development will have a reduced effect from that predicted previously.
Access and servicing
There is currently a road which runs through the site, Belmont Road, and the proposals will see this section of the road closed. Instead, a new road will be created by Goodman as part of the infrastructure for the wider Eastside masterplan which link into the No1 Eastside Locks and run parallel to the canal.
This new road will provide access for residents, staff, deliveries, and other users through a controlled shared space which integrates with the nearby canal.
Less than 15 car parking spaces are being provided within the new development which will include a handful of short stay spaces for the retail unit. Because of the minimal levels of car parking, only students with special mobility requirements will be allowed to bring cars. All students applying for the accommodation will be notified that they will not be allowed to bring any motor vehicle with them. This will be reinforced by their tenancy agreement which will ban students from bringing motor vehicles and any student who contravenes this clause will be in breach of their tenancy agreement and action will be taken against them.
Due to the site’s location next to a major student campus and with easy access to local and national train services, instead of using cars, students will be encouraged to use more sustainable forms of travel. A large cycle storage facility will be provided on the ground floor with direct access from the front on the building and the proposed development site is located within a short distance of a number of existing public bus routes on Jennens Road, Lawley Middleway, including the No.14, No.55, No.90, and No.94. There will also be ready access to local and national train services from Moor Street and New Street Station is within a 20 minute walk of the development site.
Student move in/out process – management
The proposed Travel Plan document will examine the opportunities for sustainable transport services to and from the site and will include incentives and measures to encourage the use of these in preference to private cars. This document will also address the need to increase parking allowances at peak times such as the start and end of terms.
A layby will be provided at the front of the building to allow for timed student drop off/pick up at the start and end of terms. This will be a managed process that will take place over two weekends each academic year.
Each student, upon reserving their room and completing their tenancy agreement, will be advised of a date and time for arrival to take up occupancy of their new room. If students and parents choose to ignore these timings the management company will reserve the right to refuse access until we are able to accept them.
This ‘appointment’ type approach ensures the lowest possible level of disruption for the surrounding occupiers, as student/parents are not all converging on the locality at one time.