Closure of Brixham Road between Windy Corner & Long Road

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On Wednesday 14 December 2022 we announced that we have reluctantly signed the Section 278 agreement for the work that is needed on Brixham Road for the new Inglewood housing development. You can read the full press release about this on the Council's website.

This means that Brixham Road from Windy Corner to the junction with Goodrington and Long Road will be fully closed from Tuesday 3 January 2023 to Friday 31 March 2023. It also means that in May and June works, using traffic management, will start to improve the Windy Corner junction. The work on the Long Road / Goodrington Road junction will start late September until December, again using traffic management.

The original application for these works included a road closure for up to seven months, but after constant challenges by us and others to look at different options this was reduced to three months. The changes include the developer providing extra people on site to make the most of longer working hours, which the council have agreed to. The developer has also leased land from the Farmer whose land is next to the site so the verge can be used for drainage instead of down the middle of the road around the Hunters Tor Drive area, which was the original plan.

Cabinet were acutely aware of the potential impact of the works. As a consequence they requested Council Officers to instruct independent highways engineers to review the proposals and consider any alternatives, seek specialist legal advice and gather evidence as to the impact of this road closure. This was to ensure that all options would be fully considered in an attempt to find a way to limit the amount of disruption for residents and businesses. The independent highways engineers reports are available for you to read and can be found in the Documents section on the right hand side. There is their initial report and a further traffic modelling report.

We did read, take on board, and fed back to the developers the impact comments received here. We also brought together organisations including Brixham Town Council and Brixham Chamber of Commerce so that their concerns were also set out clearly to the developer. The developer has given commitments to get the work needed done as quickly as possible and reduce the length of time for the road closure.

Here is why the developers have put this request in.

Highway improvement works along Brixham Road, which were approved through the planning application, are required to improve the traffic flows and access to the new Inglewood site. The works include:

  • widening of the junction at Long Road (this would be done using traffic management)
  • the raising of Brixham Road just before White Rock Cottages to improve visibility
  • a new access roundabout to the Inglewood site
  • two new pedestrian crossings across Brixham Road
  • the improvement of the flow of traffic through Windy Corner (this would be done using traffic management)

Other works also include:

  • drainage connection works through a Section 104 Agreement with South West Water. (A Section 104 (Section 104 of the Water Industry Act (1991) agreement is a legal agreement between a developer and a water company, where the developer agrees to build sewers to an agreed standard, which the water company will then adopt.)
During the road closer from 3 January 2023 to 30 March 2023 the work taking place includes - Brixham Road, new roundabout, southern crossing and Section 104 drainage works.

Persimmon Homes have designed the works to minimise the programme, but to undertake the works in a safe manner, a road closure of Brixham Road to traffic is needed. The planned diversion will be along Goodrington Road and Dartmouth Road. The diversion map is below:

The agreed diversion from Windy Corner to Long Road will take you along Dartmouth Road and then up Goodrington Road, and vice versa from Long Road to Windy Corner.

To help with this diversion, the lights at Windy Corner will be replaced with temporary traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing. These lights will be permanently on green and will only turn red when a pedestrian wishes to cross the road.

Temporary lights will also be placed at the Goodrington Road / Dartmouth Road junction. This is to help those turning right into Goodrington Road coming from Paignton and those who need to turn right out of Goodrington Road onto Dartmouth Road. The lights will be set back to give large vehicles the space to turn into the road. An alternative diversion for large vehicles has also been given if they would like to use this. This will take them into Paignton and then out along Totnes Road to Tweenaway.

Temporary double yellow lines will be put in on Goodrington Road as you drive up to the junction with Dartmouth Road.

The diversion route will be monitored and any issues with timings of lights etc. will be altered and adjusted as quickly as possible.

Modelling of traffic times has been done by the developer and this has been considered by the independent highway engineers instructed by us. This shows that the impact of the diversion when travelling from Windy Corner to Long Road along Goodrington Road will be between eight and 15 minutes, depending on the time of day.

Residents Only access will be maintained at all times for the properties located within the road closure. This will be controlled under the temporary traffic management system.

With the drainage works now taking place off the highway and in the verge of a field, this means that Brixham Road between Windy Corner and Hunters Tor Drive can now be opened for the Emergency Services to use if needed and as a diversion if there is an issue with Dartmouth Road.

Pedestrians and Cyclists

A cycleway will be maintained on Brixham Road to link to the existing cycleway as shown in green below:

The existing cycleway and pavements along Brixham Road will be shut for the first 3 weeks of January. Alternative routes will be signed diverting along Steed Close to Gibson Road and along Kingsway Avenue as shown below. This route will also be used at times during the works which will be signed and notified in advance.

May 2023 to December 2023
Long Road and Windy Corner works.

The plan would then be for the Long Road and Windy Corner junctions to be improved from mid-May until the summer moratorium and then from September until completion. At all times traffic will be able to flow through these junctions under traffic management.

We have also put together a response to a range of frequently asked questions, these can be found on the right of your screen.

We have also added the latest newsletter from the developer which provides the latest update on the scheme and the closure and shows the plans for the emergency services and other diversion routes. Please note this was issued in November 2022 before the closure was agreed.

On Wednesday 14 December 2022 we announced that we have reluctantly signed the Section 278 agreement for the work that is needed on Brixham Road for the new Inglewood housing development. You can read the full press release about this on the Council's website.

This means that Brixham Road from Windy Corner to the junction with Goodrington and Long Road will be fully closed from Tuesday 3 January 2023 to Friday 31 March 2023. It also means that in May and June works, using traffic management, will start to improve the Windy Corner junction. The work on the Long Road / Goodrington Road junction will start late September until December, again using traffic management.

The original application for these works included a road closure for up to seven months, but after constant challenges by us and others to look at different options this was reduced to three months. The changes include the developer providing extra people on site to make the most of longer working hours, which the council have agreed to. The developer has also leased land from the Farmer whose land is next to the site so the verge can be used for drainage instead of down the middle of the road around the Hunters Tor Drive area, which was the original plan.

Cabinet were acutely aware of the potential impact of the works. As a consequence they requested Council Officers to instruct independent highways engineers to review the proposals and consider any alternatives, seek specialist legal advice and gather evidence as to the impact of this road closure. This was to ensure that all options would be fully considered in an attempt to find a way to limit the amount of disruption for residents and businesses. The independent highways engineers reports are available for you to read and can be found in the Documents section on the right hand side. There is their initial report and a further traffic modelling report.

We did read, take on board, and fed back to the developers the impact comments received here. We also brought together organisations including Brixham Town Council and Brixham Chamber of Commerce so that their concerns were also set out clearly to the developer. The developer has given commitments to get the work needed done as quickly as possible and reduce the length of time for the road closure.

Here is why the developers have put this request in.

Highway improvement works along Brixham Road, which were approved through the planning application, are required to improve the traffic flows and access to the new Inglewood site. The works include:

  • widening of the junction at Long Road (this would be done using traffic management)
  • the raising of Brixham Road just before White Rock Cottages to improve visibility
  • a new access roundabout to the Inglewood site
  • two new pedestrian crossings across Brixham Road
  • the improvement of the flow of traffic through Windy Corner (this would be done using traffic management)

Other works also include:

  • drainage connection works through a Section 104 Agreement with South West Water. (A Section 104 (Section 104 of the Water Industry Act (1991) agreement is a legal agreement between a developer and a water company, where the developer agrees to build sewers to an agreed standard, which the water company will then adopt.)
During the road closer from 3 January 2023 to 30 March 2023 the work taking place includes - Brixham Road, new roundabout, southern crossing and Section 104 drainage works.

Persimmon Homes have designed the works to minimise the programme, but to undertake the works in a safe manner, a road closure of Brixham Road to traffic is needed. The planned diversion will be along Goodrington Road and Dartmouth Road. The diversion map is below:

The agreed diversion from Windy Corner to Long Road will take you along Dartmouth Road and then up Goodrington Road, and vice versa from Long Road to Windy Corner.

To help with this diversion, the lights at Windy Corner will be replaced with temporary traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing. These lights will be permanently on green and will only turn red when a pedestrian wishes to cross the road.

Temporary lights will also be placed at the Goodrington Road / Dartmouth Road junction. This is to help those turning right into Goodrington Road coming from Paignton and those who need to turn right out of Goodrington Road onto Dartmouth Road. The lights will be set back to give large vehicles the space to turn into the road. An alternative diversion for large vehicles has also been given if they would like to use this. This will take them into Paignton and then out along Totnes Road to Tweenaway.

Temporary double yellow lines will be put in on Goodrington Road as you drive up to the junction with Dartmouth Road.

The diversion route will be monitored and any issues with timings of lights etc. will be altered and adjusted as quickly as possible.

Modelling of traffic times has been done by the developer and this has been considered by the independent highway engineers instructed by us. This shows that the impact of the diversion when travelling from Windy Corner to Long Road along Goodrington Road will be between eight and 15 minutes, depending on the time of day.

Residents Only access will be maintained at all times for the properties located within the road closure. This will be controlled under the temporary traffic management system.

With the drainage works now taking place off the highway and in the verge of a field, this means that Brixham Road between Windy Corner and Hunters Tor Drive can now be opened for the Emergency Services to use if needed and as a diversion if there is an issue with Dartmouth Road.

Pedestrians and Cyclists

A cycleway will be maintained on Brixham Road to link to the existing cycleway as shown in green below:

The existing cycleway and pavements along Brixham Road will be shut for the first 3 weeks of January. Alternative routes will be signed diverting along Steed Close to Gibson Road and along Kingsway Avenue as shown below. This route will also be used at times during the works which will be signed and notified in advance.

May 2023 to December 2023
Long Road and Windy Corner works.

The plan would then be for the Long Road and Windy Corner junctions to be improved from mid-May until the summer moratorium and then from September until completion. At all times traffic will be able to flow through these junctions under traffic management.

We have also put together a response to a range of frequently asked questions, these can be found on the right of your screen.

We have also added the latest newsletter from the developer which provides the latest update on the scheme and the closure and shows the plans for the emergency services and other diversion routes. Please note this was issued in November 2022 before the closure was agreed.

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