The main access to the Site for vehicles and pedestrians/cyclists will be from Rownhams Lane. The form of the junction is still to be determined but it will be located approximately 50-100m south of Rout's Way.
An emergency access would also be provided onto Rownhams Lane, along the southern boundary of the Site, following the alignment of an existing farm track.
The development will be within a 20 minute walk of schools, shops, health and recreational facilities. The Site is within 200m of a bus stop on a bus route, which connects it with Southampton Central railway station and the City Centre. The Site is also within cycling distance of Southampton General Hospital, a major employer in the area.
Highway and Green Travel Improvements
- The Site offers easy access to the motorway and City Centre
- Junction improvements and mitigation measures would be provided on the local highway network, as required, to accommodate the development
- The Site access roads will incorporate good street design principles that are sympathetic to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists
- There will be footpath/cycleway/bridleway connections linking with the existing network in the local area to encourage sustainable travel
- Speed reduction measures may be proposed on Rownhams Lane to reduce vehicle speeds and improve safety along this road.
Mature tree belts within the site to be retained
A landscape buffer will be retained to Tanner's Brook
Environment and ecology
- As the Site is currently in agricultural use there is very little of ecological value. The proposals would seek to retain mature trees and hedgerows and more native trees, shrubs, wildflower grassland and hedgerows would be planted to enhance habitat opportunities
- By retaining established trees and hedgerows and introducing new planting the Site will remain visually well-contained
- New paths will provide walking routes to access the new green and open space which existing and future residents of Rownhams would be able to use, with paths linking into surrounding fields and footpaths
Flooding and Drainage
- No built development is proposed within the Floodplain
- Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems would be incorporated to create environmental and visual benefits as well as ensuring that the volume of storm water discharged from the developed site is restricted to the current greenfield run off rate.