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Planning Committee
-

13/09/2012




Parish:

Evesham



Ward:


Bengeworth
02

Evesham North
16

Little Hampton
24

C/12/01680/CM







Description:
Replacement of existing Abbey Bridge and Viaduct with new bridge
and viaduct structure.


Site:

Abbey Bridge and Viaduct, Abbey Road, Evesham



Applicant:

Worcestershire County Council


Agent:

Worcestershire County Council


Date Valid:

01/08/2012

Case Officer:

Jonathan Edwards





Expiry Date:

26/08/2012


Tel:

01386 565324



Grid Ref:

E:
403398.6

N:
243146.05




Member(s):

Cllr James

Bulman
,
Cllr Mrs Emma

Stokes
,
Cllr Mrs Jo

Sandalls
,
Cllr Mrs Frances

Smith
,
Cllr Andrew

Dyke
,
Cllr Wendy

Dyke




1.

Site Description and Details of
Proposal


This report relates to a consultation from Worcestershire County Council on a
full planning application. The application is to be determined by the County
Council with the District Council a consultee.


The application proposes the demolition o
f the existing Abbey Bridge and
Viaduct and the erection of its replacement. The single carriageway A4184
runs across the bridge providing one of the two bridge links within the town
between the south and north of the River Avon.


On the north side of
the river the Bridge and Viaduct run over Crown Meadow
and Viaduct Meadow, public open spaces and recreation areas. A public car
park also lies to the west of the viaduct and there are steps running down from
the bridge to the play areas and car park. A
number of mature trees lie along
the river bank and along the western edge of the car park. A public right of
way follows the northern riverbank. The application site includes the car park as
well as part of the Crown Meadow closest to the viaduct.


On

the south side of the river the A4184 meets a signalised junction with
Pershore Road (running to the west), Cheltenham Road (running to the south)
and Waterside (running eastwards). The application site includes this road
junction as well as short lengths

of the roads leading from it.


The proposed development includes:
-


(i) erection of a replacement bridge and viaduct. The submissions explain that
the existing structure was constructed in 1928 and has been deteriorating over
the past 50 years. It is

therefore necessary to demolish the bridge and viaduct
and provide a replacement. The proposed structure will continue to provide a
single carriageway, two way road although with a wider carriageway (overall
wider by 1.95 metres). Pedestrian footways wi
ll be provided on either sides of
the road
-

these would be wider than the existing pavements 2.0 metres
(compared to 1.6 metres as existing) and will be separated from the road by the
proposed bridge hangers and a kerb. The bridge will be constructed usin
g
reinforced concrete arches supporting Macalloy hangers with weathering steel,
transverse deck beams and a reinforced concrete block. The replacement
viaduct structure will be constructed from reinforced concrete with longer spans
than existing. The deck

will be constructed using precast, pre
-
stressed
reinforced concrete beams. The replacement structures will be built around the
existing, reducing the length of time which the bridge will need to be closed;

(ii) replacement street lighting within the exte
nts of the scheme;

(iii) up
-
grading of the road junction on the south bank with new signals and
pedestrian control installed;

(iv) temporary loss of public open space on Crown and Viaduct Meadows
during the construction period, including a short diversion
of the footpaths.
This is required in order to protect the public and also to provide a site
compound


The submissions indicate that the works will commence in October 2012 and
will take some 12 months to complete. It should be noted that for the vast
ma
jority of the 12 months the bridge and viaduct will remain open to traffic
although it is anticipated that for a period of 10 weeks the bridge will be totally
closed. This will necessitate a traffic diversion.


The application has been submitted with a num
ber of documents including:
-


-

Open Space Assessment;

-

Flood Risk Assessment;

-

Water Environment Assessment;

-

Contaminated Land Statement;

-

Air Quality Assessment;

-

Lighting Assessment;

-

Ecological Assessment;

-

Tree Survey;

-

Transport Statement;

-

Heritage Statement;

-

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment;

-

Sustainability Statement; and

-

Design and Access Statement


2.

Planning Policies


Worcestershire County Structure Plan

Relevant Policies are:


SD1 (Prudent Use of Natural Resources)

SD2
(Care of the Environment)

CTC1 (Landscape Character)

CTC5 (Trees, Woodlands and Hedgerows)

CTC8 (Flood Risk and Surface Water Drainage)

CTC9 (Impact on Watercourses and Aquifers)

CTC15 (Biodiversity Action Plan)

CTC17 (Archaeological Sites of Regional or L
ocal Importance)

CTC19 (Areas and Features of Historic and Architectural Significance)

CTC20 (Conservation Areas)

T1 (Location of Development)

T10 (Cycling and Walking)

RST3 (Public Rights of Way)

RST12 (Recreational Provision in Settlements)

IMP1 (Impleme
ntation of Development)


Wychavon District Local Plan June 2006

Relevant Policies are:


GD2 (General Development Control)

ENV1 (Landscape Character)

ENV6 (Protected Species)

ENV7 (Protection of wider Biodiversity)

ENV8 (Protection of Hedgerows, Trees and
Woodlands)

ENV10 (Sites of Archaeological Significance)

ENV12 (Conservation Areas)

ENV14 (Settings of Listed Building)

ENV17 (Development in Areas of High Flood Risk)

ENV18 (Development in Areas of Low and Medium Flood Risk)

ENV19 (Surface Water Run Off)

ENV22 (Contaminated and Unstable Land)

COM13 (Protection of Open Space and Sport and Recreational Buildings and
land in Towns and Villages)

SUR1 (Built Design)


West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy

Relevant Policies are:



QE1 (Conserving and Enhancing
the Environment)

QE3 (Creating a high quality built environment for all)

QE4 (Greenery, Urban Greenspace and Public Space)

QE5 (Protection and enhancement of the Historic Environment)


In so far as the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy is relevant to

this
application, Members should be aware that the Secretary of State has
announced his intention to revoke Regional Strategies (RS). The Secretary of
State's intention, as well as the Localism Act 2011 and the provisions within it,
are a material planni
ng consideration. Part 6, Chapter 1, Section 109,
Paragraph 3 of the Localism Act provides the legal mechanism for the
Secretary of State to abolish the RS through an Order or Statutory Instrument
(secondary legislation). Until such time as this secondar
y legislation is laid
before Parliament, the RSS, for the time being at least, remains part of the
development plan, albeit with grounds for attaching less weight to its policies
given the Secretary of State's intentions and the provisions of the Localism
Act.
In July 2012 the Government announced that it would undertake a further
consultation on the Strategic Environment Assessments which are a
requirement for the revocation of all regional strategies. It is likely that a
consultation will commence in the
Autumn for 8 weeks.


Government Policy


National Planning Policy Framework (The Framework)

DEFRA
-

Rights of Way Circular 01/2008


Parish Plans


None


Supplementary Planning Guidance/Documents


Evesham Riverside Strategy Development Framework


3.

Planning
History


None relevant


4.

Consultation Responses


Members should note that the County Council, as determining authority, have
carried out consultations with relevant parties and will have asked for
comments to be fed directly back to them


Head of
Community Services


It is inevitable that that the works to replace the town’s Abbey Bridge and
viaduct, especially the requirement for a complete closure to traffic for 10
weeks, have the potential to cause significant disruption to the community and
especially town centre businesses who are already facing major challenges as
a result of the recession. In order to help minimise any harmful impacts
Wychavon District Council, Worcestershire County Council and Evesham
Market Town Partnership have come tog
ether and agreed to contribute
£200,000 towards an Economic Support Fund for Evesham. This money will be
used to support a major discount on car parking charges during the complete
closure period, extra promotional support for Evesham during the constructi
on
of the new bridge, provision of business development advice and guidance for
retailers and additional grants for new and expanding businesses.


5.

Representations Received


None received. Members should note that the County Council, as determining
autho
rity, have carried out publicity exercise will have asked for comments to
be fed directly back to them.


6.

Representations Made


Not applicable


7.

OFFICER APPRAISAL


The application has been submitted with a number of documents. Your
Officers consider
that the contents of these documents provide a good basis for
preparing a response to the consultation.


Planning Supporting Statement


This document describes the proposed development and the site and provides
commentary on relevant planning policies. The

Statement also includes
summaries of the contents of other specific environmental reports included as
part of the application as well as information on community involvement.


The Statement explains that the proposed development is in accordance with
re
levant development plan policies. In particular, the document states:
-


-

the proposed development would meet help meet the planning policy
objective to protect the viability of town centres by ensuring for the long term
the crucial link across the River t
o and from Evesham Town Centre;

-

the proposed structures would meet policy objectives as the bridge and
viaduct is of high quality design. The bridge will remain attractive through its
lifetime and will improve the overall feel and appearance;

-

the pr
oposal will improve the operational safety and efficiency of the
immediately surrounding highway network through junction improvements.


Your Officers agree with the abo
ve comments. Once the construction works
are complete the replacement bridge will help to maintain the crucial link to
Evesham Town Centre from the south of the River. The proposed
bridge/viaduct
has

some similarities in appearance with the existing stru
ctures,
however the differences are considered to represent improvements to the
design. The replacement structures are considered to represent high quality
design both in terms of appearance and function. Also the associated junction
improvements are als
o to be supported.


Given the benefits of the scheme set out above your Officers would suggest
that the Council provide general support for the proposal.


Design and Access Statement


This document provides a site context, and describes the proposed
development. It also sets out an explanation of the design of the proposal
including the following comments:
-


-

several alternative designs have been considered, but these have been
discounted due to cost factors. These alternatives included a single spa
n
bridge, steel through arch, pre
-
cast concrete beam deck and a single pier cable
stayed construction;

-

the design selected looks to modernise the existing structures, whilst also
being sympathetic to the original bridge which is a landmark in this locati
on;

-

the new structures have been designed using modern materials and
construction techniques to provide a longer life structure;

-

the selected design also provides the least detriment to the local population in
terms of the type and length of road closu
res;

-

the design includes additional ducting within footway to allow for future
upgrade of services;

-

the replacement structures will be installed on the same alignment as the
existing bridge and viaduct. This will enable access to and from the bridge
f
rom the meadows and riverside footpaths;

-

there is no increase in the length of the bridge/viaduct, although there will be
some increase in width and height (the maximum height of the arches will be
some 1 metre higher than the existing). It is felt that

this increase will not have
any significant affect on the overall scale and appearance of the bridge;

-

the bridge and viaduct will be constructed primarily using concrete, steel and
aluminium;

-

the proposed arch finish has been designed to be clean and

simple to define
its modernity and to allow the parapet and hanger details to feature;

-

all visible concrete will be to a high standard of finish that will be smooth and
uniform in texture and appearance. Any imperfections will be made good in the
finish

and it will include no internal ties or imbedded metal parts. The arch and
string course will be to a higher standard;

-

pedestrian parapet system on bridge will be constructed using aluminium
components and angled back towards the footway to minimise cl
imbability. A
wide handrail will be provided to encourage people to lean on the handrail and
enjoy the views;

-

banners and flower display baskets will be attached to new lighting columns.
These will help soften the appearance of the columns and assist i
n providing an
attractive environment for all users.


Your Officers consider the design approach to be appropriate for this landmark
building. The use of modern materials will help ensure the replacement
structures have a more contemporary feel, whilst
retaining the sleek lines and
1920/30's style seen in the existing bridge/structures. In using such an
approach, the standard of finish is very important. Whilst raising no objections
to the design of the proposed development, your Officers would suggest

that
comments should be made to the County Council highlighting the importance of
the finish of the bridge, particularly the concrete elements. We would also
suggest imposing conditions to ensure the finish is of the high standard
specified in the Design

and Access Statement.


Transport Statement


The purpose of this report is to determine how the proposed development will
impact on the local highway network. The Statement makes the following
points:
-


-

the proposed development will remove the weight
restriction currently in
operation over the bridge;

-

the proposed bridge will improve the facilities for pedestrian and cyclists by
providing improved footway and carriageway surfacing and encouraging
cyclists to use the main carriageway;

-

the proposals
also provide better pedestrian crossing facilities at the junction
between Abbey Road and Waterside;

-

during the 10 week period of complete bridge closure, traffic will need to be
re
-
routed. The public are currently being consulted on both re
-
routing opti
ons;

-

during the remainder of the construction period one lane is proposed to be
closed leaving a two
-
way single lane carriageway. Both northbound and
southbound traffic flow will continue. Further lane closures may also be
necessary for short periods.
During these periods traffic management, in the
form of signal controlled flow management, will be used;

-

during construction works there will be an obvious impact on local transport
network;

-

following opening of the new bridge the impact on all modes o
f transport will
be neutral, although in general facilities for all road users will be improved.


Your Officers consider that the proposed development, once completed, will
result in benefits in terms of the general movement of vehicles, cycles and
pedestr
ians. The disruption to traffic flow during construction causes concern in
terms of the impact on accessibility to and from the town centre. Traffic
management during the construction of development is a matter that generally
lies outside the remit of pla
nning control. In this case, your Officers would
suggest that any comments to the County Council support the scheme in terms
of the benefits to traffic movement once the bridge is completed. However, the
County Council is requested to ensure that traffic

disruption during construction
works is kept to a minimum and that members of the public and road users are
kept up to date with diversions and progress on construction works.


Open Space Assessment


This document details the need to use part of the Crown

and Viaduct Meadows
as a working compound for a period of some twelve months. There would be
a temporary loss of some 6,891 sq metres of public open space and children's
play area for 12 months. Whilst this is regrettable, the Assessment notes that
over

80% of the meadows area will remain available for public use. The
children's play area that would be temporarily closed is one of three in this part
of Evesham, the other two within Abbey Park. Given the limited extent of the
temporary closures and the
availability of nearby alternatives, the Statement
concludes that no mitigation measures are necessary.


Officers from the Property Services Department have had communications with
the County Council on the arrangements for the public open space both durin
g
and after the construction works. These Officers advise that most things are
addressed to their satisfaction, however there is concern that the picnic
benches provided on the west side of the bridge will be lost during construction
works. There are no p
lans to provide temporary benches. Your Officers
consider the temporary loss of open play space is not contrary to planning
policy, but would suggest that comments are made to the County Council
recommending the provision of temporary picnic benches whils
t works are
carried out to the bridge/viaduct.


Flood Risk Assessment


The Flood Risk Assessment submitted is an addendum to a 2009 FRA. This
earlier Assessment noted that parts of the existing site lie within a high flood
risk area as indicated by the
Environment Agency's flood maps. Modelling
work undertaken in 2009 however confirms the bridge and viaduct lie outside a
high flood risk area. In any case, the FRA states that the proposal meets the
requirements of the Exception Test as require by the Fr
amework and the
associated Technical Guidance. It is stated that the proposed development
will not affect flood risk to existing structures. The FRA states that the use of
Sustainable Drainage Systems will need to be investigated
-

designs may
incorporat
e oversized pipes or chambers, filter strips or attenuations tanks.


Without being party to any comments from the Environment Agency on the
proposals, your Officers are not in a position to comment with any certainty on
the adequacy of the FRA. We would t
herefore suggest that any consultation
response asks the County Council to take full account of the EA comments in
the way that they determine the planning application. It is disappointing that
the submissions do not appear to adequately cover the issue o
f surface water
run
-
off from the proposed bridge with no firm details provided. Your Officers
would suggest that the County Council should seek more certain details on
surface water drainage and either prior to determination or via planning
condition. Th
ese details should seek to ensure a sustainable method of
dealing with water run
-
off from the bridge and viaduct.


Water Impact Assessment


This Assessment sets out the Regulatory Context, assessment methodology
and baseline information. The Impact
Assessment part of the document looks
at water quality, groundwater flow and surface water flow both during and
after construction. The Assessment recognises that, without appropriate
mitigation measures and good working practices, low significance advers
e
effects to water environment may result from the proposed development.
Various mitigation measures are proposed. Your Officers would suggest that
the County Council seek the advice from the Environment Agency on the
submitted Water Impact Assessment
and

to follow any recommendations
suggested by them in terms of conditions and restrictions.



Ecological Assessment


This report is informed by a desk top study, extended Phase 1 habitat survey,
bat dusk emergence and dawn re
-
entry surveys as well as otter a
nd water vole
surveys. The Assessment notes that the River Avon (including the part that
runs through the application site) is a Special Wildlife Site. The Assessment
states the mature lime trees and mature pine trees to the north of the River
have natur
e value as potential habitat for nesting birds and invertebrates. The
single span bridge itself provides a probable feeding perch for brown
long
-
eared bats and so has nature conservation value. Otters have been
confirmed as using the River Avon for commut
ing purposes. No barriers to the
movement along the river is planned and no harm is envisaged to otters. No
harm or risk of harm to other protected species is identified.


Mitigation and enhancement measures proposed include:
-


-

erection of temporary cra
sh barrier beneath the bridge to protect the River
Special Wildlife Site;

-

planting of broadleaved trees along the river banks and within the parkland;

-

design of a sensitive lighting scheme to avoid light spill to the River Avon to
protect commuting ott
er and bat populations;

-

provision of a rough surface on the underside of the new bridge transverse
beams to ensure the potential for use of the structure as a feeding perch by
bats in the future;

-

erection of five bat boxes and five bird boxes on mature

trees along the River
Avon;

-

undertaking vegetation clearance and demolition outside the bird breeding
season. If this is not possible an Ecologist will check for nesting birds.


Your Officers (including the Landscape and Natural Heritage Officer) are st
ill
considering the Ecological Impact Assessment. However, it is suggested that
the Council response to Worcestershire County Council asks that the mitigation
and enhancement measures as set out are required to be carried out by
planning condition should
permission be granted.


Lighting Assessment


This report states that the site is currently lit from a mix of 8 and 10 metre high
columns. The report includes an approximation of light spill emitted from the
existing lighting system. The proposed lighting

would be designed to meet
County Council lighting levels requirements. The equipment used and its
positioning will aim to minimise light spill. 10 metre high lighting columns are
proposed, this being the lowest column height from which the specified ligh
ting
levels can be achieved. Light pollution will be minimise by:
-


-

mounting the columns on the bridge/viaduct decking;

-

using an optic designed to direct light to the highway; and

-

the luminaire being mounted at 0 degree tilt to eliminate upward li
ght above
the horizontal;

-

dimming the lighting by approximately 40% from evening to early morning to
reduce energy consumption and to further mitigate environmental and
ecological impacts.


Your Officers have no reason to dispute the Assessment's conclus
ion that
through careful choice and positioning of equipment the level of obtrusive light
will be kept to a minimum. Officers from your Property Services section have
raised concern that no lighting seems to be proposed for the underneath of the
viaduct w
here it crosses the footways. Your Officers consider that low level
lighting in such positions would help to make these footways more inviting to
pedestrians and potentially reduce crime risk. We would suggest that any
response to the County Council incl
udes a request that lighting is provided in
these positions.


Tree Survey


A Tree Survey has been submitted with the application. This includes a
schedule of trees on and near the site that includes a rating of their condition.
This Schedule rates the tr
ees along the riverside walk and to the west of the car
park on the north side of the River as being either of high or moderate quality
and value.


Your Officers are still considering the submitted Tree Survey, but there is no
known reason to dispute its v
alidity or accuracy.


Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment


This Assessment describes the existing conditions in terms of landform, land
use and vegetation structure. The document highlights extracts of planning
policy documents (such as the Evesham Rive
rside Strategy Development
Framework SPG) that set out the importance of landscape principles. It notes
visual receptors and provides an assessment of potential impacts. This
assessments concludes that:
-


-

there would be a neutral change to the
landscape character as a result of the
proposed development, as the green space that forms part of the setting will
remain intact and the design of the bridge is similar to the existing in terms of
appearance and massing;

-

most significant impact on visua
l receptors will occur during construction
period. Whilst rated as being slight adverse, these impacts would be
temporary and short term;

-

during construction the impacts on visual receptors close to the site would be
large and adverse, generated by pres
ence of plant machinery and general
construction operations;

-

long term changes on views and visual receptors include potential loss of 3
no. lime trees, minor increase on the height of the overall structure and
relocation of footways to the outside of th
e bridge.


Suggested mitigation measures are set out including provision of site boundary
fencing to screen views and protect amenity of the local area. Your Officers
suggest that any reply to the County Council include a request that a condition
be impos
ed to ensure the mitigation measures are implemented in full at an
appropriate time.


The main long term impact of the proposal on the visual amenities of the area
would be the potential loss of 3 no. Lime trees to the north of the River.
These trees are

rated as being of high quality. The proposed mitigation
measures include protecting these trees during construction through provision
of fencing until such time as felling is required. If felling is required then these
will be replaced once constructio
n works allow. It is suggested that any
comments in response to the consultation should urge the County Council not
to allow the removal of the Lime trees unless it is necessary to allow the
construction works to be carried out.


Contaminated Land Stateme
nt


This document identifies a number of potential on
-
site and off
-
site sources of
contamination that may affect on
-
site receptors. A range of contaminant
groups have been identified. Human health, controlled water and property
receptors have been identi
fied both on and off site. Some ground
investigations have already taken place and results are included. Further
actions recommended in the Statement include further intrusive investigations
and the production of a construction environment management pla
n. Your
Officers suggest that the County Council seek the views of Worcestershire
Regulatory Services on the application and in particular the Contaminated Land
Statement and to follow any recommendations suggested by them in terms of
conditions and restri
ctions.


Air Quality Assessment;


This document identifies the proposed traffic diversions during the 10 week
period when the bridge is completely closed to traffic. The Assessment refers
to the air quality management area (AQMA) designated for Port
Street due to
exceedances of UK air quality objective for annual mean nitrogen dioxide. The
application site is not in the (AQMA). The proposed diversion route would
divert traffic to the Waterside/Port Street junction but will not divert traffic
throug
h the AQMA itself. The assessment concludes that the traffic diversion
would have negligible effect on local air quality due to the relatively short length
of time the diversion will be in place.


It is noted that air quality may be affected during constr
uction works that may
affect residential properties in the vicinity of the bridge. It is advised that best
practicable means should be used to minimise dust impact and typical
mitigation measures are listed.


Your Officers suggest that the County Counci
l seek the views of Worcestershire
Regulatory Services on the application and in particular the Air Quality
Statement and to follow any recommendations suggested by them in terms of
conditions and restrictions.


Heritage Assessment


This document acknowledges that the existing bridge and viaduct are of some
local interest and are products of good workmanship and design. However,
the bridge is not unique and has many similarities of other structures and
buildings. The immediate setti
ng of the bridge is of little significance. The
wider setting of views across the fields towards Evesham is more significant but
the development will not adversely affect those views. The Assessment
recommends the carrying out of archaeological investigat
ions following removal
of the bridge structure as well as the creation of a record of the bridge as it
stands. Your Officers suggest no comments be made on the scheme in terms
of impact upon heritage assets.


Sustainability Statement


This document provi
des a sustainability assessment of the proposed
development. This assessment answers various questions contained in
Worcestershire County Council validation checklist. Some of these answers
are addressed by the other technical documents. In addition it
refers to a site
waste management plan that has been submitted with the application. Your
Officers suggest that no comment be made on this element of the proposal.


Conclusions


Your Officers consider that the proposed development should be supported as
i
t will bring benefits to the town and appears to be in line with planning policy.
However, there are a number of further comments relating back to the contents
of the application documents that should also form part of the consultation
response. These ar
e set out below.


8.

RECOMMENDATION

That the Council respond to the consultation from
the County Council expressing support for the proposed development and
making the following comments:
-



1. The Council support the proposal and recognise that:
-


-

the
proposed development would meet help meet the planning policy
objective to protect the viability of town centres by ensuring for the long term
the crucial link across the River to and from Evesham Town Centre;

-

the proposed structures would meet policy o
bjectives as the bridge and
viaduct is of high quality design. The bridge will remain attractive through its
lifetime and will improve the overall feel and appearance;

-

the proposal will improve the operational safety and efficiency of the
immediately su
rrounding highway network through junction improvements.


2. In terms of design and appearance, the Council would
highlight the
importance of the finish of the bridge, particularly the concrete elements.
Conditions should be imposed to ensure the finish me
ets the high standard
specified in the Design and Access Statement.


3. The Council acknowledge the

benefits the proposed development will bring
once completed in terms of the general movement of vehicles and pedestrians.
However, the disruption to traffi
c flow during construction will impact on
accessibility to and from the town centre. The County Council is requested to
ensure that traffic disruption during construction works is kept to a minimum
and that members of the public and road users are kept up

to date with
diversions and progress on construction works.


4. The Council accept the temporary loss of open play space during
construction works, but would ask for the

provision of temporary picnic
benches whilst works are carried out to the bridge/viaduct.


5. The Council ask that all due
regard be given to any comments from the
Environment Agency relating to flood risk and impact upon the water
environment. It is dis
appointing that the application does not fully address
the issue of surface water run
-
off from the proposed bridge/viaduct. Your
Officers would suggest that more certain details on surface water drainage
should be sought and provided prior to determinatio
n of the application or via
planning condition. These details should ensure a sustainable method of
dealing with water run
-
off from the bridge and viaduct.


6. The

Council asks that a condition be imposed requiring the implementation
of mitigation and enhancement measures as set out in the Ecological
Assessment if permission be granted.


7. The Council ask that low level lighting be provided underneath the proposed
viaduct where it runs over pedestrian walkways across Crown/Viaduct
Meadows. Such lighting would make the walkways more inviting to
pedestrians as well as potentially reduce crime risk.


8. The Council asks that the removal of the 3 no. lime trees as indi
cated is not
allowed unless it is essential to allow the proposed construction works to take
place.


9. The Council asks that a condition be imposed requiring the mitigation
measures as set out in the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment to be
implemente
d at an appropriate time.


10. The Council asks that the views of Worcestershire Regulatory Services be
sought on the Contaminated Land and Air Quality Statements and that their
comments are considered in the determination of the application.