Bishop’s Stortford Schools
EAS were commissioned by East Herts District Council to prepare a Proof of Evidence on their behalf at a major Public Inquiry in Bishop’s Stortford.
East Herts District Council had objected to the development of a Greenfield site on the edge of Bishop’s Stortford for a new “Super School” for up to 2400 pupils. The new school is proposed to relocate the existing Bishop’s Stortford High School for boys and Herts and Essex High School for girls, both with around 1000 existing pupils.
East Herts District Council objected on highways grounds because of concerns that the relocated schools would have a significant detrimental impact upon local traffic conditions. The schools appealed this objection and EAS was asked to represent the council because Hertfordshire County Highways had not objected to the original application.
EAS provided a full range of evidence on East Herts District Council’s behalf including:
A review of all previous modelling work over a ten year period – including a full SATURN model of Bishop’s Stortford;
Validation of modelling work using TRANSYT and LINSIG signal modelling software; and
First principles modelling of expected pupil modes of travel and their impact on the local highway network.
Paul Silcock worked with East Herts District Council’s Counsel, barrister Saira Kabir Sheikh of Francis Taylor Building chambers, to produce Proofs of Evidence, Rebuttal Evidence and Statements of Common Ground.
The Public Inquiry took place in Bishop’s Stortford over a four week period and Paul Silcock gave evidence over a period of three days during which he was examined by Counsel and Cross Examined by the applicant’s QC, Peter Harrison.
The Inquiry was well attended as the schools relocation is a multi-million pound project that affects all Bishop’s Stortford residents and many families with pupils at the two schools.
The Inspector at the Inquiry David Wildsmith is currently considering his decision which, due to its size and nature, will be referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for final determination.
The results of the Inquiry are expected in April 2012.