2012 advice on headroom for New Homes on the A259

rob shepherd made this Freedom of Information request to Lewes District Council

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Dear Lewes District Council,

Background

The document " New housing in Peacehaven & Newhaven: Impacts on the A259 west of Peacehaven and on Newhaven ring road, and consequences for housing numbers. East Sussex County Council September 2012"

... was prepared to "inform the Highway Authority’s advice to Lewes District Council in the preparation of the District Council’s and the South Downs National Park Authority’s Core Strategy"

It concluded that the road capacity was 1285 vehicles per hour and the peak demand 1015 vehicles per hour, leaving "headroom" of 270 vehicles per hour to accommodate growth, including traffic from new housing.

Subsequently the 1285 was revised down and it was also determined that the peak demand as measured at Telscombe itself was much greater than 1015 (which had been derived from measurements at East Peacehaven), so the headroom was greatly overstated.

%%%%. Information Requested

Will you confirm East Sussex County Council ESCC informed Lewes District Council LDC on one or more occasions that they had determined that the earlier advice overestimated the headroom for growth.

Please list the dates on which such information was given and the revised estimates provided on each occasion.

Please provide copies of the documents or minutes of the meeting(s) conveying this information to LDC.

Yours faithfully,

rob shepherd

Thank you for your information request received today.

 

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Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

Dear Andrew,

 

Please can you assist with the Freedom of Information Request below for
Lewes received in our office from Rob Shepherd?  If you are not the
correct person to whom I should be directing this please accept my
apologies and let me know. If you are aware of whom could help with this
request please also let me know so I can re-issue the request?

 

I’ll copy in the full text -

 

Background

 

The document " New housing in Peacehaven & Newhaven: Impacts on the A259
west of Peacehaven and on Newhaven ring road, and consequences for housing
numbers. East Sussex County Council September 2012"

 

... was prepared to "inform the Highway Authority’s advice to Lewes
District Council in the preparation of the District Council’s and the
South Downs National Park Authority’s Core Strategy"

 

It concluded that the road capacity was 1285 vehicles per hour and the
peak demand 1015 vehicles per hour, leaving "headroom" of 270 vehicles per
hour to accommodate growth, including traffic from new housing.

 

Subsequently the 1285 was revised down and it was also determined that the
peak demand as measured at Telscombe itself was much greater than 1015
(which had been derived from measurements at East Peacehaven), so the
headroom was greatly overstated.

 

Information Requested

 

Will you confirm East Sussex County Council ESCC informed Lewes District
Council LDC on one or more occasions that they had determined that the
earlier advice overestimated the headroom for growth.

 

Please list the dates on which such information was given and the revised
estimates provided on each occasion.

 

Please provide copies of the documents or minutes of the meeting(s) 
conveying this information to LDC.

 

 

 

The council has a legal duty to supply the requested information within a
specific timeframe. Therefore, to ensure that we meet best practice
guidelines could you please respond to me by 22^nd May 2018?

 

If you believe that providing this information will exceed the statutory
‘appropriate’ limit, of 18 hours of officer time, please can you inform me
as soon as possible so that I can contact the applicant with a view to
either reducing the request to come within the limit, or to exempting it.

 

Also, for monitoring purposes, when sending me the response please could
you let me know the amount of time you estimate has been spent on this
request?

 

 

Regards,

 

 

Kevin Rance

Information Governance Officer

Tel: +44(0)1273 471600

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Mr. Shepherd,

 

Please accept my apologies – I used your address instead of the correct
internal one.

 

 

Regards,

 

 

Kevin Rance

Information Governance Officer

Tel: +44(0)1273 471600

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foi would like to recall the message, "FOI 6710 - New homes in Peacehaven - due date 22nd May 18".
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Dear Mr.Shepherd,

 

Information Request:  FOI 6715

 

Thank you for your information request dated 30^th April 2018 received in
our office on the same day.

 

Will you confirm East Sussex County Council ESCC informed Lewes District
Council LDC on one or more occasions that they had determined that the
earlier advice overestimated the headroom for growth.

 

Please list the dates on which such information was given and the revised
estimates provided on each occasion.

 

Please provide copies of the documents or minutes of the meeting(s) 
conveying this information to LDC.

 

I have reviewed your request and investigated whether there is any
information which can be disclosed to you.  Please find below the
information the council holds, and which I am pleased to provide to you.

 

An East Sussex County Council Position Statement in relation to Transport
(Lewes District Core Strategy – Options for Development) was published on
29 September 2011. This document concluded:

 

“The smaller of the two Development Scenarios for Peacehaven (about 650
homes) is likely to represent a general limit to the practical delivery of
appropriate mitigation to affected Ring Road junctions” and that “Any new
development in Peacehaven would also have to demonstrate that its impacts
on the local Peacehaven road network were acceptable or capable of
mitigation, and that it enables advantage to be taken of the
competitiveness of the high frequency bus service in providing for travel
between the town and Brighton. The potential impact within Peacehaven
should be considered as part of the overall assessment of sites when a
planning application is submitted”.

 

A further East Sussex County Council document, Traffic associated with new
housing in Peacehaven, was published in 14 October 2011. This document
confirmed that:

 

“Allowing 10% for ‘natural growth’ (application of TEMPRO [See Note below]
fuel and income factors over the period to 2030), that leaves remaining
‘headroom’ for new development in Peacehaven of 10%. A 10% increase in
current flows = 101 vehicles/hour in the dominant (towards Brighton)
direction in the AM peak. Using the relationship in para 9 above, 101
vehicles/hour is equivalent to 652 dwellings.”

 

Both documents (Lewes Transport Position Statement 2011 and Peacehaven
Transport Advice 2011) are available at:
[1]https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/plan...

 

On 8 November 2011, ESCC Council approved a formal representation on the
Lewes District Emerging Core Strategy. This representation stated:

 

“As highlighted in the modelling work to date, careful consideration will
be required to the impacts on the A259 within Peacehaven as the
development options are refined. The evidence so far shows that, with
limited capacity, significant development in the town cannot be
accommodated on the A259, particularly west of Peacehaven with a key
constraint being the Rottingdean junction. Further work will be required
to ensure that the proposed level of development can be capable of
mitigation through localised capacity improvements and the use of the high
frequency bus lane between Brighton and Peacehaven.” This representation
is attached (13 East Sussex County Council).

 

On 19 December 2011, a meeting was held between officers of Lewes District
Council and ESCC to discuss the above representation and agree any further
work that needs to be undertaken to reach a view on the acceptability, or
otherwise, of the development options for Lewes District. The meeting
notes are attached.

 

On 11 July 2012, ESCC sent Lewes District Council updated transport advice
which concluded that the total maximum quantum of housing development (new
from strategic sites, small scale sites and broad locations for
development) acceptable in transport terms overt the plan period is
300-350 dwellings in Peacehaven and 400-600 dwellings in Newhaven. This
transport advice is attached.

 

On 20 September 2012, ESCC published a further document, New housing in
Peacehaven & Newhaven: Impacts on the A259 west of Peacehaven and on
Newhaven ring road, and consequences for housing numbers. In relation to
link and junction capacity along the A259, the document concluded:

 

“It is considered that links will have to operate to no more than 95% of
capacity to allow for the junctions to operate satisfactorily. This
equates to a headroom for additional westbound traffic on the AM peak on
the A259 west of Peacehaven, arising from new potential housing (i.e. not
currently committed) in the two towns of about 70 vehicles/hour.”

 

In the light of this conclusion, the document sets out the possible
combinations of new dwellings in Peacehaven and Newhaven that ESCC
considered would be acceptable in terms of transport impacts.

 

This document (East Sussex County Council Transport Advice 2012) is
available at
[2]https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/plan...

 

 

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Dear foi,

Thank you. You wrote "On 20 September 2012, ESCC published a further document, New housing in ..."

If you will confirm that no interactions took place with ESCC after that date correcting the September 2012 document or advising you of the inaccuracies that had come to light, that will full satisfy this request

Yours sincerely,

rob shepherd

Thank you for your information request received today.

 

I am currently reviewing your request and investigating whether there is
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Section 10 of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), will reply to your
request promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day
following the date of receipt.

 

Please contact me again if you require any assistance with your request
and I will do my best to provide the relevant help and advice.

 

Kind Regards

 

 

Information Governance Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

Dear Mr. Shepherd,

Thank you for your follow up email. I have not forwarded the query within to the relevant department as I was aware that we had further information to send you; which has been done today.

If you do have any further questions following the most recent response please let me know.

Regards,

Kevin Rance
Information Governance Officer
Tel: +44(0)1273 471600
[email address]
Lewes and Eastbourne Legal Services acting on behalf of Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

Lewes District Council: Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes BN7 1AB  www.lewes.gov.uk. Minicom 01273 484488 Eastbourne Borough Council: 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TW  www.eastbourne.gov.uk. Text Relay 18001 01323 410000

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