Early advice on residential site avoids slippery slope to excess costs

The third phase of a residential development in Thornbury, Bristol, has been given the green light by planners.

Thornbury Fields, the third phase of a development by Bloor Homes South West will comprise 83 homes, allotments and a play area.  This follows on from phase 1 which was 109 units and phase 2 of 108 homes with 600m2 of retail space, play area, sports pitches and allotments.

Clarkebond provided pre-planning advice, masterplan input, transport statement, flood risk assessment, drainage strategy, initial engineering review, production of planning engineering drawings, detailed on site designs and off site S106 designs for access and highway improvements.

The site features steeply sloping topography which could have resulted in some fairly costly earth retention measures and structural retaining features.  However, the developer wisely consulted Clarkebond engineers early in the development process and as a result, Clarkebond were able to provide input into the masterplan and significant plot layout advice.  This minimised the requirement for cut and fill and re-profiling of the site, whilst maximising the plot numbers.

‘We always encourage developers to involve us as early as possible in their schemes, and this is a great example of how early consultation can reap significant commercial benefits,’ comments Sam Ihle, Principal Engineer, Clarkebond.

Clarkebond prepared tender information and submitted a design for the Section 106 works for the offsite works for technical review ahead of getting planning permission to allow the development to progress swiftly.  Work is due to start on site this spring.