Exeter City Council Planning Application 16/1376/03 for Safe Sleep facility

Planning Application 16/1376/03 for Former Richards Aquatics, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW – Change of use from A1 to temporary night shelter [sui generis] until end of March 2017.

Planning Statement for the temporary change of use from an A1 retail unit to include use as a temporary Night Shelter.

19 Market Street, Exeter, Devon EX1 1BW

The site lies within Exeter City Council.

Background Information

The unit, currently vacant, previously traded as Richard’s Aquatics and is to be leased to the charity Julian House [through its trading subsidiary Julian House Trading] to operate a Bicycle Workshop social enterprise.

Exeter City Council has agreed that Julian House will operate as the delivery partner for Safe Sleep’ in 2016/17. Safe Sleep will provide emergency accommodation and assistance to all those rough sleepers who may otherwise be excluded from services, including people with no recourse to public funds, people who have previously faced bans and those with no local connection.

Intended Use.

The existing A1 use of 19 Market Street will continue with a social enterprise being developed to operate a Bike Workshop. This will create positive learning and work opportunities Monday to Saturday 9-5pm.

The additional Sui Generis use sought is to be able to deliver temporary hostel accommodation known as Safe Sleep on behalf of the local authority, nightly from 8pm to 8am, from 01 December 2016, running this service continuously for three months. Safe Sleep will incorporate the provision of Severe Weather Emergency Protocol [SWEP] accommodation for the Authority providing additional space during periods of severe weather when people sleeping on the streets of Exeter are most at risk. The timing of this will be affected by episodes of severe weather, with the potential to operate until the end of March 2017.

The aim of Safe Sleep and SWEP is to prevent loss of life and to reduce rough sleeping to as near zero in the city as possible.

The Market Street premises will offer dormitory-style accommodation with camp-beds and bedding. There will be onsite catering, laundry shower/wash and toilet facilities. The accommodation will be accessible to those who may have a disability or mobility issues.

Planning Policy

The proposal will not harm the amenities of nearby residents by virtue of noise, smell, litter or late night activity. The access for Safesleep will be on to the open, wide and accessible from Market Street only, avoiding the George Street to the rear. A safe and secure environment will be provided by professional staff backed up by comprehensive networked cctv.

No television or audio will be audible outside of the unit and occupants will normally be expected to be within the accommodation prior to 11pm. Together these working methods will ensure that the proposal will have a negligible impact on the surrounding areas.

The proposal will not create or increase the potential for public disorder and crime or reduce the perceived attractiveness of the centre through: support by professional staff; a close working relationship with the existing Homeless Outreach team, and a close working relationship with the police. Indeed it is expected that the operation of Safe Sleep will positively contribute to the wider safety of the City Centre.

Location Plan
Floor Plan

#EXEStThomas – Planning Application 14/4821/03

There is now a planning application lodged with Exeter City Council – 14/4821/03 – for a “change of use from existing public house and one first floor dwelling in to three dwellings plus an additional new build dwelling and associated ancillary facilites.”

Following a meeting with the Case Officer,  made the following comments as part of the public consultation:

I am pleased that the plan provides for 6 cycle spaces [2:03: Amount]


The Design Report document from architects Hilton Barnfield clearly acknowledges that the development site is in “a city centre location with good public transport connections” [1.02: Site Analysis].


And later in the report it states ‘the location is within walking distance of Exeter city centre and local amenities in the St Thomas district. Cycle routes connect the site with the city centre and routes out of the city” [4.00: Sustainability Statement].


However, one fact that is missing from the report is that the site is across the road from a bus stop that is, according to Stagecoach, the busiest in Exeter – there are 18 Stagecoach buses an hour timetabled to use this stop, along several out-of-town services throughout the day.

This alone, I would hope, would make this site a suitable candidate for a “car-free” development. And this would mean a restriction on residents applying fora permit in any Residential Parking Zones, as was the case of the old print works in Albion Street, St Thomas.

However, as we discovered when viewing the ground plan, I would question if there was enough space provided to enable 4 cars to manoeuvre into and out of the designated spaces.

So I would maintain, that as drawn, there is inadequate space to enable the provision of 4 car parking spaces. Yet again, to me, pointing towards a “car-free” development.

The junction at the First & Last is where 4 busy roads [Cowick Lane, Dunsford Road, Buddle Lane and Cowick Street] meet.

There is always chaos, confusion and congestion at rush hour – often resulting in the yellow box junction being illegally blocked. But I have spent many hours at this junction and I can confirm that this congestion isn’t always limited to rush hour – it can happen at any time of day.

The Design Report mentions that the site includes “a large used site to the rear with existing vehicular access’ [1,02: Site Analysis] but it latter mentions “the busy road intersection [2.02: Layout].


As it stands, the current courtyard has good visibility of the junction – the whole width is bounded by a low wall with a wide entrance provided.

I haven’t compared the planned width of the new entrance with the current one, but with a new building in place, the view of the junction to the right would be severely impaired and, in my view, would be extremely dangerous.

But my reservations don’t end there.

The entrance to this courtyard is immediately opposite the set-back white STOP line for traffic in Cowick Lane to turn right into Cowick Street – this is to enable the A bus [and other long long vehicles] to make the left turn from Cowick Street into Cowick Lane.


I believe that this would make the vehicular entrance into the new parking courtyard hazardous.

The only way to reduce the danger would be to proscribe that exit could only be by LEFT turn into Cowick Lane, and that ingress would only be from vehicles coming from Buddle Lane.

As these conditions cannot be made, I would hope that Devon County Council as Local Highways Authority would come to a similar conclusion to me – that providing parking spaces for this development would not be appropriate.

So my only conclusion is that this development should be car-free.

SAE | Even more thoughts on Planning Application 13/3219/03

My reply to a standard e-mail about the planning application site for the proposed temporary site of the Steiner Academy Exeter in Exeter has opened up a dialogue with a parent:

Dear Cllr Bull,
Thank you for your swift response to my letter.  I would like to address one or two points. 
Firstly, the youngest children will not be required to stay at school for the whole day unless they are in afternoon care.  This means that many will leave at lunchtime.  

Secondly, many of the parents who live “out” will no doubt already be thinking of moving into the city.  Having suffered a year of long school commutes, that is just what I am doing!

Thirdly, you mention that you can find no reference to walking to school being part of the Steiner philosophy.  I was fortunate enough to attend some of Alan Swindell’s lectures last year and he specifically mentioned insisting that parents should walk their children to school.  This is because children concentrate better if their bodies have done some work first.  They also have time to experience first hand the weather, whatever it brings, and the passing seasons, an important aspect of Steiner education. 
There are a great number of parents who are very grateful to Mr Swindell and his team.  This gratitude should not be underestimated.  If Mr Swindell insists that parents walk their children to school, they will. 

You will be pleased to hear that the planning application was approved at tonight’s meeting.

On the points you raise:

I have read ALL the documents that were submitted as supporting evidence, all of which need to be taken account of as material planning considerations in determining any planning application in what is a quasi-judicial process.

I’m sorry to go on about evidenced-based documents, but the planning committee have to have the true facts presented to them in the application documents and the presentations at the committee meeting.

The document I prepared was in response to discussions with one  the Governors of SAE, Jenny Salmon, who is a resident of the ward I represent..It took shape as I worked as a critical friend, highlighting what I thought was missing in the past, and what would help the application in the future.

I would like to think that some of the work I’ve been doing in the background has helped this come to a successful resolution.

And to address you specific points:

1) At NO STAGE was any reference made to younger children leaving school after the morning session.

The transport strategy and the standard travel plan refer only to morning delivery and afternoon collection, and the amended planning condition makes reference to morning start time and afternoon finish.

If it were  thought that mid-day collection would reduce predicted trips, then this should have been in the documentation.

2) Again I refer to the data in the documents, especially in the transnport strategy and the standard school plan.

These are quite clear on predicted modes of travel, with a predicted 60% of pupils needing a car to get to the site.

3) On walking, if this philosophy is so fundamental to Steiner educational delivery, again why wasn’t it in the original documents?

And if it is so fundamental to Steiner principles, why isn’t it in big bold letters on SAE and other websites.

I have no doubt staff and parents will join local councillors in making all aspects of traffic management work for the limited time that SAE is on this site

SAE | More thoughts on Planning Application 13/3219/03

I’ve taken an interest in the planning application 13/3219/03 for the proposed Steiner Academy Exeter on the former Foxhayes site because one of my residents in Cowick has connections with the school.

But the issues surrounding the traffic connected with the new school has piqued my inquring mind.

As a result been receiving a number of standard letters about the application

However, they all make a basic error – the proposed site of the “former Foxehays School [sic]” is NOT on Upper Exwick Hill [that was the old Exwick Middle School] but on the very busy Gloucester Road, where there cars often exceed the 20mph speed limit.

Many who contacted me also highlight that the proposed site would be convenient for them, even though most do not live in Exwick, many do not live West of the Exe and a few don’t even live in Exeter.

I fail to see how a school situated in Exwick would be convenient for those NOT living West of the Exe as the only crossing points of Red Cow Crossing or Exe Bridges suffer severe congestion at peak hours.

And I have had to  point out that SAE would be moving onto a permenant site (as yet undecided) elsewhere in the city from 2015/16.

Here’s my response to those who contacted me

I am not the ward councillor for the area and I do not sit on the Planning Committee that will consider the application again on Monday following its deferral 2 weeks ago [Report to Planning Committee on 26 June 2013]

However, one of the Governors of SAE resides within my ward and I have compiled my thoughts for her.

I also sit as a city councillor on the joint Exeter City Council/Devon County Council Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee [HATOC] which considers traffic management issue across the city – and it is these traffic management issue that are at the heart of my concens for the proposed development.

These are concerns that are valid in considering a planning application – and I beleive that elected members of the Planning Committee can only take account of material planning considerations when determining this application.

I see the issues like a logic conundrum or cryptic crossword and I have tried to put my thoughts into the attachment document.

As I do not sit on the Planning Committee, I have more freedom to have these discussions with Jenny and others. If you have not received a reply to you email from such a member it is because they are sititng on a quasi-judicial committee and have to be concerned with charges of pre-detemination. Please be assured that they will hear all the evidence presented at the metting on Monday and make their decision accordingly.

At their meeting on 08 July 2013, Exeter City Council Planning Committee

RESOLVED that planning permission for temporary consent for up to two years and six months for the installation of temporary buildings on land at Gloucester Road for use by the Steiner Academy Exeter (education use (D1)), creation of a temporary outdoor play area and associated works be approved, subject to the following conditions:-
1)         C05    Time Limit – Commencement

2)         The buildings hereby approved shall be wholly removed from the site and the use shall be discontinued and the site restored to its former condition no later than 31st January 2016 .
Reason:  The buildings are temporary in nature and are unsuitable as a permanent features in this locality.

3)         The development hereby permitted shall not be carried out otherwise than in strict accordance with the submitted details received by the Local Planning Authority on 2nd and 20th May 2013 (dwg. nos. Site Location plan, 72/0008274-101 Rev J, SK-01 Rev A, 07R-678DCT-21-01 Rev C and 07R-372SCT-21-01 Rev D), as modified by other conditions of this consent.
Reason:  In order to ensure compliance with the approved drawings.

4)         The development hereby approved shall not be brought into use until the pedestrian access from the site onto Pine Avenue has been re-instated for use in accordance with measures that shall previously have been submitted to and agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Thereafter the said access shall be maintained and made available for use in accordance with those details for the duration of the consent.
Reason: To ensure that adequate facilities are available for the traffic attracted to the site, in the interest of public safety

5)         Unless otherwise agreed by the Local Planning Authority in writing no part of the development hereby approved shall be brought into its intended use until

(i) the access, parking facilities, turning area and associated road markings have been provided in accordance with details that shall have been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority, and

(ii) the applicant has entered into a Section 106 Agreement, or equivalent arrangement, with the County Council to secure the making of a Traffic Regulation Order relating to the road markings referred to in (ii) above.

Thereafter those items referred to in (i) above shall be retained for the intended purpose at all times.
Reason : To ensure that a safe and suitable access is provided for all users to the site, in accordance with paragraph 32 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

6)         The School Travel Plan prepared by RPS Planning and Development Ltd on behalf of the Education Funding Agency, and submitted in support of this application, shall be implemented in full upon commencement of the development hereby approved. Thereafter it shall be reviewed on an annual basis in accordance with the provisions set out in Section 4.3 of the document. Any amendments identified in the annual review shall be submitted to and agreed in writing by the Planning Authority and shall thereafter form part of the approved plan.
Reason – To ensure that the development is implemented in such a way as to minimise the highway impact of the development and encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport

7)         unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority the school teaching day for the development hereby approved shall not commence before 0915 hours or end before 1545 hours.
Reason – To minimise the potential for overlapping traffic movements associated with the proposal and the nearby Exwick Heights Primary School in the interests of minimising the potential impact on the local highway network.

My Storify feed on Planning meeting held on 08 July 2013.

Traffic chaos within Planning Application 13/3219/03?

The majority of state schools are maintained schools and their operation is overseen – or ‘maintained’ – by the local authority. So it is the local authority who are responsible for the admissions arrangements.

Maintained schools have a designated or catchment area – and children living in that catchment area will have priority for admissions over other children. This does not mean that they are guaranteed admission but generally an application will be successful if submitted on time.

For Exwick Heights Primary School, the basic catchment area is Exwick and some other nearby areas.

The proposed Steiner Exeter Academy is, confusingly NOT an academy but a free school, and as such is free from local authority control. They will held accountable through a ‘funding agreement’- a contract with the Government.

Thus, SAE acts its own Admission Authority, acting through the Admissions Committee of the governing body, consisting of at least three members of the governing body. Therefore there is much bigger catchment area.

As a result, local residents will are concerned about the inevitable increase in traffic in the local area associated with re-establishment of a school on site and have made their views known to city councillors representing Exwick.

Cllr Ollie Pearson’s reflected this concern in comments in the press regarding the proposed SAE:

He said  “I have seen figures which state that 40 per cent attending the school are not going to come from central Exeter so the school is not really for local people but it is going to have a big impact on them.”  [“Steiner school plans discussed at site meeting” , E&E, 02 July 2013].

Supporters of SAE have reacted with alarm at this this statement – and I have received correspondence questioning the accuracy of this figure.

It needs pointing out this figure comes from the paperwork submitted by SAE to support this planning application [Steiner Academy Exeter – Temporary Site Transport Statement  prepared by RPS Planning & Development]:

4.4.5 The high proportion of car users in both groups is largely a result of the geographical distribution of students with 74% of students attending the temporary site predicted to live outside of walking distance. This prediction has been continued for the 2014 intake.

There are trying to mitigate traffic chaos in the planning application. Some of these revolve around cycling provision –  but already SAE are ignoring their own data in the Transport Strategy and the prediction in the School Travel Plan.   I’m wondering why the submission allow for cycling parking facilites for UP TO 20, even though 27 are predicted to use bikes.

And I’m amazed that Devon County County didn’t try and raise some S106 monies to address speeding and put in place some traffic calming.

So the major concern to be aired at the Planning Committee meeting to be held on 08 July 2013 will be traffic management which is a legitimate material consideration in determining a planning application.

I hope at that meeting SAE will address some of these concerns by coming forward with a more suitable Travel Plan that addresses these traffic management concerns.

But of course, a Travel Plan is only as effective as a plan if the suggestions are actually implemented and made to work.

SAE Supplementary Planning Statement for Planning Application 13/3219/03

SAE have submitted a Supplementary Planning Statement including the following comments:

4. Selection of the Foxhayes Site
As Officers are aware the Education Funding Authority [EFA] and school’s initial preferred temporary site was the former Exwick Middle School and terms were agreed with Devon County Council over its use for 2 years. However, at a meeting with Exeter City Council Planning department the highways representative from Devon County Council asked whether EFA could acquire the use of the Foxhayes site instead as it was preferable in terms of highway safety and accessibility. At considerable delay to the project EFA decided to negotiate the use of the Foxhayes site instead of the former Exwick Middle School site with Devon County Council to effectively de-risk this aspect of the project and meet the concerns of the Highways Authority.

5. The means of access
As identified in the planning application documents the primary means of vehicular and pedestrian access is proposed from Gloucester Road with a pedestrian access provided from Pine Avenue. The pedestrian access will also allow the use of existing footpaths which link to Cypress Drive, Truro Drive and Gloucester Road. The overgrown path from Pine Avenue to Cypress Drive will be cut back by the school to make full use of the footpath.

6. The Travel Plan
Based on known admissions data it is clear that a large proportion of the pupils registered for the September 2013 start are based in Exeter (over 60% of parents are based in postcodes EX1 – EX4) which will allow a significant proportion to use non-car based modes of travel. As stated above, the Foxhayes site was chosen by EFA following dialogue with Planning and Highways Officers who indicated that the pedestrian and accessibility credential of Foxhayes were preferable to potential alternative locations.

Devon County Highways Officers have since commended the quality of the TravelPlan which has been prepared for SAE. The Travel Plan includes a number of measures to reduce the use of car travel including:
– Alternative Opening Hours;
– Advisable drop off points and routing;
– Staff Marshalling and Traffic Management;
– School Travel Co-Ordinator and Travel Plan Working Group;
– Subscription to Car Share Devon;
– Road Safety in the Curriculum;
– Walking Bus;
– Cycling Provisions;
– Walking Provisions;
– School Travel Questionnaire; and
– Promotional Awareness.

All of the above measures are used as best practice means of promoting sustainable travel – indeed the SAE Travel Plan goes well beyond the measures implemented by many schools across the Devon area.

Particular attention is drawn to the alternative opening hours, which mean that the operation of SAE will co-ordinate with Exwick Heights Primary school to ensure a broader spread of traffic across the AM and PM peaks. This approach avoids exacerbating the amount of traffic generated by school trips in the area. The alternative opening hours will be controlled by means of a planning condition and have been fully agreed with the School. The Travel Plan also includes an Implementation programme which has been agreed with Devon County Highways and which includes Travel Surveys and annual monitoring.

The school has agreed to work with the Devon County Council Travel Plan Officers to ensure the effective implementation of the Travel Plan. The School has taken all practical steps to mitigate its impact on the local highway network. The SAE is also deeply committed to working with the City/County Councils, the ward Members and the local community over the long term to actively encourage sustainable travel to and from the temporary and permanent sites.

My thoughts on Planning Application 13/3219/03

My thoughts on Planning Application 13/3600/04
Former Foxhayes Primary School, Gloucester Road, Exeter, EX4 2EE
Consent for the installation of temporary buildings on land at Gloucester Road for use by the Steiner Academy Exeter (education use (D1)). Creation of temporary outdoor play area and associated works. Temporary consent for up to three years.

I won’t deny that I am opposed to the overall concept of Academies and Free Schools, having campaigned against plans for West Exe to become an academy in 2011. And I am sceptical and critical of the principles underlying the philosophy of Steiner Education.

As a result, I have been asked if I would be so concerned if this was a state-funded school [even though SAE IS a state-funded school].

The answer to that is YES, I have serious concerns about the transport and traffic management issues that arise from a proposed new school on this site, not a proposed new Steiner Academy, or other academy or free school.

My concerns about the Planning Application are planning issues only – and that will be true for members of the Planning Committee.

There used to be a school on this site – why is this application different?
Foxhayes First School drew its intake from the immediate locality, so transport problems weren’t so pronounced. The majority of pupils were within walking distance, rather than spread across the city, and beyond.

When Foxhayes First School was here there wasn’t a 420 pupil (soon to be extended) Primary School less than 40m futher along Gloucester Road.

When seeking to extend Exwick Heights Shool, the impact of traffice was highlighted in the Officer’s report to DCC Development Management Committee meeting on 24 October 2012
“The road network around the school, particularly Gloucester Road, experiences a high volume of traffic at school opening/closing times. Because the road is a cul-de-sac, this results in a lot of turning and reversing movements of vehicles in an area where a high number of primary school pupils are present on foot.” [PTE/12/72]

On Monday 01 July 2013 I observed the morning delivery time to Exwick Height

Between 08:30 and 08:55 I saw 42 cars travel up to the school entrance.

Some others parked on Gloucester Road between the entrance of the former Foxhayes School and Knowle Drive, and the parents walked their children to school from their cars.

42 cars observed considerable fewer than 62 predicted for SAE [SAE – Transport Statement p21 §4.5 Trip Generator Table 7] and this for a school 3x the size.

It was apparent that many pupils walked to school. 34 pupils from the initial intake of 130 are predicted to live with 2km of SAE [SAE – Transport Statement p19 §4.3 Base Date Table 5]
“The development is located approx 1.5 miles form city centre “which is in the upper reaches of the maximum walking distances criteria and unfeasible for primary school pupils” [SAE – Transport Statement p10 §2.6.1 Local amenities]

So SAE own data suggests that the overwhelming majority of the 2013 intake do NOT live in the near locality, or even within easy walking distance.

I have seen some harsh criticism of Cllr Ollie Pearson’s statement reported in Express & EchoSteiner school plans discussed at site meeting” [02 July 2013].
I have seen figures which state that 40 per cent attending the school are not going to come from central Exeter so the school is not really for local people but it is going to have a big impact on them.”

Yet this statement is supported by the data produced on behalf of SAE.

Parents have said they will walk from St Leonards and beyond – but will they when it is cold and raining?

Cycling Provision
It is predicted that 7 (4%) pupils will cycle to school in 2013 and that will rise to 27 in 2013 (15%)
[SAE – Transport Statement p20 §4.4 Student Travel Model Table 6].

SAE initially planned to provide cycle parking facilities for 30 cycles [SAE – School Travel Plan p22 §3.9 Cycling provision] and this seems in line with the predicted number of cyclists.

Yet in a e-mail from Kevin Hunt of JLL to ECC Planner Michael Higgins on 19/06/13
“the revised site layout also demonstrates cycle parking suitable for UP TO 20 cycles – these details have been discussed with DCC Highways.

If SAE cannot believe the predicted data on number of cyclists, and they can convince DCC of that, what else in the SAE – Transport Statement and SAE – School Travel Plan can be questioned?

SAE should provide cycle parking suitable for 30 cycles as outlined in SAE – School Travel Plan p22 §3.9 Cycling provision

Driving to the new school site
I’ve already documented above my observations on car transport to Exwick Heights.

The plus is that the majority of these would only be travelling with Exwick.

Data suggests that 60% of pupils will arrive by car [SAE – Transport Statement p20 §4.4 Student Travel Model Table 6]

The 62 predicted for SAE [SAE – Transport Statement p21 §4.5 Trip Generator Table 7] are more than likely to come from beyond the immediate locality. For the 2013 intake70 pupils (54%] are predicted to live 2-5km away and 26 more than 5km SAE [SAE – Transport Statement p19 §4.3 Base Date Table 5]

At the recent Planning Committee, Andrew Swindell, suggested that SAE currently have 90% registered = 117, and of those registered 75% == 88 live within city . So 29 live outside the city.

This already exceeds the predicted 26 living 5+ km away from the site [SAE – Transport Statement p19 §4.3/10 Census Date Table 5] and the intake isn’t yet confirmed. There may be more!

SAE should provide a ward by ward breakdown of 2013 intake of 130

To get to the site these cars to the proposed site, drivers will have to negotiate 4 pinch points which at rush hour exhibit traffic congestion
– Station Road – for those travelling from Crediton
– Red Cow Crossing – esp with 3 consecutive trains around 08:30 causing tail-backs along St Davids Hill
– Exe Bridges
– Alphington Cross

It is suggested that a direct route from City Centre is approx 7 minutes departures [SAE – School Travel Plan p14 Pedestrian and Vehicle Access §2.4.3]

Is this true at morning delivery and afternoon collection times?

Pupils would arrive at the school at 3 different places.

The predicted 62 cars could drop pupils at:
1) Main entrance on Gloucester Road
2) Secondary entrance on Pine Avenue
3) Park & Stride meeting place for the walking bus

Gloucester Road
Ward councillors already get many complaints about speeding and other traffic issues

I am surprised that DCC Highways officers didn’t use this opportunity to use S106 Planning Considerations to address these concern s with some new traffic calming measures

SAE should discuss these concerns with DCC Highways and if appropriate initiate S106 Planning Considerations to introduce new traffic calming measures

SAE should amend the SAE – School Travel Plan and information to get parents to avoid dropping pupils off outside the Gloucester Road entrance

The approach to the proposed school entrance is challenging – an upward incline on either side of bend – that creates blind spots.

This is exacerbated by bus cages on either side

DCC have indicated that they will introduce school markings (currently not enough time to install legally before the start date in Sept 2013) but do not provide any indication. My feeling is that DCC mus exclude parking between the limits of the 2 bus cages.

DCC should give an indication of the proposed school markings

SAE say they will have members of staff available at key opening and closing times of the school as marshalls to supervise traffic movements

SAE should give more detail on how will this be controlled and enforced

Pine Avenue
It is suggested that this is available as an opportunity for temporary drop off and a turning area or through route to exit the site safely [SAE – School Travel Plan p18 Advisable drop off points and routing §3.3.2]

I maintain that cars shouldn’t be allowed to enter and turn round in Pine Avenue, but how will this be marshalled?

SAE should give more detail on how will this be controlled and enforced

SAE should amend the SAE – School Travel Plan and information to get parents to avoid dropping pupils off in Pine Road

SAE should give more detail on how will this be controlled and enforced

SAE should work up a proposed driving route for parents intending to use the Pine Avenue entrance as a dropping off point

Walking Bus
At the Planning Committee meeting on 01 July 2013, Principal Designate, Andrew Swindell, suggested that is a Steiner philosophy to start the school day with a walk to school. But how is this evidenced?

      • It isn’t prominent on the “What is Steiner Education?” on steinerwaldorf.org
      • Similarly there seems to be no mention of this on SAE website
      • There is NO mention of this philosophy in the SAE – School Travel Plan accompanying the planning application

If this is the case, is the proposed position of the “Walk and Stride” meeting place for the Walking Bus appropriate?

My feeling is that the entrance to Ennerdale Road is not suitable for the up to 147 total car trips predicted for morning arrivals in (2013) and the same number of total car trips for afternoon departures [SAE – Transport Statement p21 §4.5 Trip Generator Table 7].

This number of trips is likely to cause congestion around the rather small junction at a time when Exwick Road is already busy

Is there a more appropriate position – a caller suggested Exeter St Davids Station – but is this too far away, too troublesome route?

What about the grassed area where Lichfield Road joins Gloucester Road?

SAE investigate alternative proposals for the Park & Stride meeting place for the walking bus

SAE should work up a proposed driving route for parents intending to use the Park & Stride meeting place for the walking bus