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Decision details

Charter Square Highways Improvement Scheme

Decision Maker: Highway Cabinet Member Decision Session

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

Description:

To consider responses to a proposal to amend the road layout for the five sites below:

           Rockingham Street/Charter Row,

           Moorhead Junction,

           Carver Street/Wellington Street,

           Rockingham Street/Wellington Street,

           Charter Row pedestrian crossing (in lieu of sub-way)

·         Removal of the Charter Square roundabout and the link between it and Wellington Street

Decision:

4.1

The Executive Director, Place submitted a report in relation to the Charter Square Highways Improvement Scheme.

 

 

4.2

RESOLVED: That:-

 

 

 

(a)

the Traffic Regulation Orders be made, in accordance with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984;

 

 

 

 

(b)

a further Traffic Regulation Order be promoted to create a two way operation on a section of Wellington Street;

 

 

 

 

(c)

the scheme be approved for detailed design and build; and

 

 

 

 

(d)

the respondents be informed accordingly.

 

 

 

4.3

Reasons for Decision

 

 

4.3.1

To allow the scheme to progress to detailed design and build so that the

proposed improvements for pedestrians and cyclists can be realised

quickly.

 

 

4.3.2

The proposal seeks to remove one of remaining subway systems in the

City Centre which are generally considered to be unfriendly for

pedestrians. In its place, new pedestrian crossing and cycle routes will be

created which will be of significant benefit to road users.

 

 

4.3.3

The scheme creates a large public realm area which could readily be adapted to meet future regeneration or development needs.

 

 

4.4

Alternatives Considered and Rejected

 

 

4.4.1

The removal of the Charter Square roundabout and subway system has

been a longstanding proposal and was included in the planning

application for the New Retail Quarter, which received approval in 2006.

The proposal is consistent with that concept, as well as the City Centre

Master Plan. Officers believe that the scheme can be a catalyst for

further regeneration in the city centre and can be adapted to

accommodate any access needs that future regeneration development

proposals might bring forward. As such no other alternatives have been

considered.

 

 

4.5

Any Interest Declared or Dispensation Granted

 

 

 

None

 

 

4.6

Reason for Exemption if Public/Press Excluded During Consideration

 

 

 

None

 

 

4.7

Respective Director Responsible for Implementation

 

 

 

Simon Green, Executive Director, Place

 

 

4.8

Relevant Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee If Decision Called In

 

 

 

Economic and Environmental Wellbeing

 

Report author: Simon Botterill

Publication date: 15/08/2016

Date of decision: 11/08/2016

Decided at meeting: 11/08/2016 - Highway Cabinet Member Decision Session

Effective from: 20/08/2016

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