Traffic survey follows concern over Cockermouth estate plans
Last updated at 14:05, Friday, 06 September 2013
A major traffic survey has been completed by the developer behind plans to build up to 400 homes on the edge of Cockermouth.
It follows concern from residents that roads will not cope with increased traffic from the proposed estate off Strawberry How Road.
Story Homes will present its traffic findings at a public drop-in session on Tuesday, September 17, between 2pm and 8pm at the town’s Saints Rooms.
The company said the survey followed concern voiced during earlier consultations about traffic conditions in the summer holidays. Traffic surveys were earlier conducted during school term time.
Story Homes monitored traffic over two weeks. Cameras were placed at 10 junctions last Thursday, and four automatic traffic counters were installed this week.
The cameras were placed at the junctions of Lorton Road and Strawberry How Road, Lorton Road, Victoria Road and Kirkgate, the Windmill Lane junction, Lorton Street, Station Street and Station Road, Station Road and Sainsbury’s access, Gallowbarrow and The Level, Crown Street, Sullart Street and Main Street, Main Street, Station Street and High Sand Lane, Castlegate and Market Place, Market Place, Kirkgate and St Helen’s Street and Low Road, Gote Road and Crown Street.
The traffic counters were placed on Strawberry How Road, Lorton Road, Gallowbarrow and Crown Street.
A spokeswoman for Story Homes said: “During public consultation some residents raised issues regarding traffic conditions in the summer holiday period and therefore the recent surveys have been conducted to provide information on traffic flows during this time.
“Traffic surveys have been conducted during school term time at locations around the town in October 2012 and June 2013.
“These surveys recorded vehicle movements during the morning and evening peak periods, including when schools start and end.”
The highways authority and Cumbria County Council were informed about the surveys which were conducted under relevant Government guidance, she said.
But at a meeting on Tuesday of Sustainable Cockermouth, which was set up to oppose the plans, protestors said the firm should have waited until the new community hospital on Castlegate Drive was open to give a truer reflection of traffic levels.
Story Homes says the scheme would meet the town’s long-term housing needs. Around 30 per cent of the homes would be designated as affordable.
The firm’s consultant Signet Planning aims to make sure all issues are addressed before a planning application is made.
First published at 13:43, Friday, 06 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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