- The diversion of Andover Road North at the junction with Harestock / Wellhouse Lane and the formation of a new signalised junction.
- Formation of New Andover Road on an alignment to the east of the current route and re-connection with the Andover Road to the north of Park Road.
- The eastward extension of Stoney Lane to form a new junction with New Andover Road.
- Formation of a new access road from New Andover Road to provide access to dwellings on Andover Road North.
- Southward diversion of Well House Lane to the west of Well House Farm to form new signalised 'T' junction with the New Andover Road and closure of Wellhouse Lane to motorised traffic between the point of diversion and Andover Road North.
- Downgrading of Andover Road and Andover Road North between Stoney Lane and Harestock Road to provide vehicular access to properties fronting the road.
- Closure of Andover Road to vehicular traffic in the vicinity of Henry Beaufort School
- Creation of a pedestrian and cycle route along the route of the Andover Road.
- Formation of main access infrastructure routes within the site.
- Formation of new public rights-of-way across the site and new route linking the railway underpass to Worthy Road.
- Improvement upgrading of existing public rights of way.
CALA believes that the diversion of Andover Road provides the best solution to ensure that Winchester gets the best development at Barton Farm. This has been based on a number of factors:
- CALA is seeking to deliver an integrated community solution as opposed to an isolated development on the outskirts of the city. Andover Road, with its 40-50mph traffic speeds currently presents a significant barrier between the existing community of Weeke / Harerstock and what will become the new development.
- CALA is providing a new urban quarter that will be a 'destination' in its own right, a vibrant place with its own heart and soul.
- From the outset, CALA was challenged by the council to "think radically". In doing so, CALA has created a different entrance to the city that it believes will be more dramatic and striking than any of the current approaches.
- The new road will embrace modern guidance rather than follow a traditional dated estate road design approach, facilitating natural frontage development and traffic calming measures which will encourage pedestrian activity and reduce vehicle speeds. It will therefore significantly enhance highway safety.
- The new local centre will have the feel of a High Street, the vitality and viability of which will be enhanced by, and indeed is reliant upon, this activity.
- Removing traffic from the old road will provide the opportunity to create a new pedestrian / cycle route along a green corridor to the benefit of both new and existing residents.
- Closing Andover Road provides for the possible expansion of Henry Beaufort School into the development site without the segregating effect of a busy through traffic route.
Importantly, both Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council (the relevant highways authority) have expressed support for the proposals, and the appeal inspector echoed many of the points outlined above, including:
- The benefits of Andover Walk ('old' Andover Road) in providing a "quieter route for people to enjoy through walking and cycling";
- The "practical difficulties" of retaining Andover Road and creating new junctions into the site, mainly the impact on existing houses and "the avenue of trees which are an important defining feature";
- That "there is no reason why New Andover Road should not provide an attractive landscaped route towards the city centre" and refers to a "safer road environment" being created; and
- That "there is no convincing evidence that the arrangement would be dangerous".
It is not possible to compare the proposals to the existing situation. Andover Road would run through the middle of a residential area rather than alongside it as is presently the case. All of the perceived negative effects of our proposal would still arise but without any of the benefits outlined above.
The development must be accessed somewhere and CALA's proposal is based on the starting premise that tree loss is minimised. Other access arrangements would result in a significantly higher number of trees being removed. Creating frontage development down the east side of Andover Road would also lead to further tree loss.
Based on all of these factors, CALA believes that the road diversion provides the best urban design-led solution for the site, and is an integral and essential part of the whole development proposition.
A full Q&A on the re-routing of Andover Road can be found here