Local residents have until Sunday (30th October) to comment on South Gloucestershire Council’s plans to close a section of Highwood Road to general traffic.
The proposals represent the detailed implementation of a condition in the planning consent for the new Charlton Hayes development that required Highwood Road be converted into a single carriageway between the Standing Stone Roundabout (near The Mall) and ‘The Boulevard’ (entrance to Charlton Hayes near the HMC Garage).
A ‘reserved matters’ planning application for the scheme, approved in February 2011, established the following features of the scheme:
- Creation of parkland on the southern carriageway of Highwood Road, with landscaped areas (including tree planting), grass, paved areas, benches and informal vehicular access to the properties in Charlton Hayes (from the ‘side streets’), as well as pedestrian routes and a cycleway.
- Conversion of the northern carriageway of Highwood Road into a dedicated bus lane with ‘fast’ commuter cycleways in both directions.
Full details of the proposed scheme are available on the ‘Patchway – Highwood Road‘ page of the SGC website. The plans may also be inspected in the foyer of the Patchway Town Council Offices.
See also the Patchway Journal’s interactive map of the Highwood Road – Proposed Traffic Management Changes and SGC’s design principles plan.
The Highwood Road ‘linear park’ scheme is a key feature of SGC’s objective of “integrating the two Patchway communities” and has been an integral part of the Charlton Hayes planning application from the concept statement stage, according to a council Transportation Officer.
“The minimal traffic access will effectively eliminate any perception of severance between the existing and emerging developments,”
added the officer in his consultation response to the original planning application.
Planning officers have acknowledged that there will be “some effect on the amenity of residents of Sycamore Drive”, as they will no longer be able to access Highwood Road directly and will have to drive around Coniston Road instead.
Residents attending the September meeting of Patchway Town Council were assured that they would still be able to turn right out of Coniston Road in order to access The Mall. In response to concerns that Coniston Road could become a ‘rat run’ for traffic leaving The Mall, Town Clerk Lucy Hamid informed the residents that SGC had plans to introduce traffic calming measures on Coniston Road and would monitor the situation for the first few months after the Highwood Road changes have been implemented.
SGC has said that the majority of the work to implement the scheme will take place “after Christmas”, although preparatory work has been underway since August.
Related link: Charlton Hayes, Patchway, Bristol (The Journal)