The latest change to the plans for Brookwood Farm development shows Sparvell Road becoming the second access road into the proposed housing estate Brookwood Farm.
The plans are now available on the Woking Borough web site under PLAN/2012/0224 & PLAN/2012/1059. Details of the plans for Sparvell road are included in a revised Transport Note from Bellamy Roberts, consultants to Cala Homes.
We are still evaluating all the figures that are included in the above mentioned report and of course wait for the views of Surrey’s Highway Authority. The following bullet points are our initial reaction to the plans.
- Cala Homes have used the original figures they published for the amount of traffic going into and out of the estate to the housing development. These figures have been questioned and the points raised then still apply. The number of vehicles quoted as departing from the residential area during the morning rush hours is underestimated by at least 20%.
- The consultants state that as traffic leaving Sparvell Road cannot turn right all traffic from the proposed residential area that is going either towards Woking or Guildford will use the junction at Redding Way. WRONG, traffic from the new housing going towards Woking will use Sparvell Road, Chobham Road and Barrs Lane. Drivers will try and avoid the Redding Way and Brookwood Crossroads if that is feasible.
- The use of Sparvell Road will be best used in the evening rush hours when traffic coming from the M3, Bisley etc. can turn right into Sparvell Road and on into Brookwood Farm thus easing the traffic at Redding Way.
- The figures produced by the consultant fail to take into account the additional traffic generated by the proposed enlarged Sainsbury’s.
- The Education Authority estimate that 23% of pupils attending the new school on Brookwood Farm will walk. As the education authority cannot predict the choice of school a parent may make the figure of 23% is high.
- There is nothing in the new plans that addresses the congestion at Brookwood Crossroads and it would appear that Surrey County Council have not planned any major road build or modification to the A322, Bagshot Road, for the next ten years.
As stated earlier the above is our first examination of the new plans. The main message is that the plans are now open to comment from residents and the closing date for comments is 02 January 2013.