A417 village speeding fears raised as homes bid is approved with road safety features

Plans to build three bungalows and create a new road in a village near Gloucester along with safety improvements on the A417 have been approved. Powells Chartered Surveyors has been granted permission to go ahead with the development on land west of Little Orchard in Gloucester Road, Hartpury.

The new red brick bungalows have been designed to have an eaves height of some 2.4m and maximum ridge height of some 5.5m. Each property is designed to have two visitor car parking spaces on the southern side of the vehicular access road together with a rubbish and recycling collection point.

As part of the proposals, conditions were included to provide a dropped kerb crossing point with tactile paving immediately north of the proposed access and the same provision on the opposite side of the A417. As well as off-site highway works within the confines of highway land along the main road.

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These involve extending the 30mph speed limit zone to the north by some 40m and relocating the 40mph to 30mph speed limit and have speed limit roundels on red surfacing. The changes include providing ‘SLOW’ road markings with “dragon teeth” markings on the far side carriageway before the relocated 30mph zone when approaching the village from the north.

The scheme also includes a new village gateway feature either side of the carriageway at the relocated 30mph speed limit zone and vehicle activated signs at or close to the entry to the 30mph zone on the eastern side of the A417 at the north end of the village for vehicles travelling south.

Hartpury Parish Council chairman Rob Gregory spoke at the Forest of Dean District Council's development management committee meeting on July 9 and said residents are concerned over traffic in the village. There is a potential highway hazard with an entrance onto the A417 at that site, he added.

The proposed road safety improvements on the A417 at Hartpury
The proposed road safety improvements on the A417 at Hartpury -Credit:FoDDC

“Moving the start of the 30mph zone might help,” he said. But he said he was unsure how effective it would be.

Stuart Leaver, of Powells Chartered Surveyors, said the applicant worked diligently to address the concerns over the plans to ensure it aligns with the character and needs of Hartpury. He said it would provide a sustainable addition to the village and would help alleviate the shortage of housing.

He called on the committee to approve the proposals. Ward councillor Philip Burford (I, Hartpury and Redmarley) said attempts have been made to develop that site for 40 years.

He focussed his comments on the highways issue and said to the north of the site it was not possible to provide adequate visibility splay. Cllr Burford said the proposed solution is the installation of traffic calming measures.

Powells Chartered Surveyors has been granted permission to go ahead with the development on land west of Little Orchard in Gloucester Road, Hartpury.
Powells Chartered Surveyors has been granted permission to go ahead with the development on land west of Little Orchard in Gloucester Road, Hartpury. -Credit:Powells Chartered Surveyors/FoDDC

“There’s no proof that this will work,” he said. “The question is, will it work?”

He said southbound traffic speeds are nine miles per hour above the speed limit in the area. And pointed out the high number of proposed conditions on the scheme. He called on the committee to reject the proposals.

Councillor Gill Moseley (LD, Newent and Taynton) proposed approving the scheme and this was seconded by Cllr Patrick Kyne (L, Coleford). But Cllr Simon Phelps (I, Wesbury-on-Severn) raised concerns about the proposals.

He said the A417 was in an appalling condition and questioned whether the proposals would really improve road safety. Councillors voted to approve the proposals by six votes to four with one abstention.