Baginton, Bubbenhall, Stoneleigh and Ashow - Neighbourhood Area Designation

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Baginton, Bubbenhall, Stoneleigh and Ashow - Neighbourhood Area Designation

Consultation Documents

Representation ID: 68024

Received: 01/04/2015

Respondent: Network Rail

Representation:

Whilst Network Rail has no objection in principle to the Baginton, Bubbenhall, Stoneleigh & Ashow Neighbourhood Plan, we are concerned developments within the boundary red line will not require planning permission.
We are concerned that the Plan which shares a boundary with the railway may result in proposals being undertaken near to or next to the operational Network Rail land which may impact upon its safety and operation as we will not have had the opportunity to review and pass comments on vital asset protection measures to the council and developer / applicant.

Full text:

Network Rail is the owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, which includes the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations - the largest of which we also manage. All profits made by the company, including from commercial development, are reinvested directly back into the network.

Network Rail has the following comments to make.

The proposal area includes Network Rail land in the Stoneleigh section as well as running the boundary alongside our land and the operational railway.
Whilst Network Rail has no objection in principle to the Baginton, Bubbenhall, Stoneleigh & Ashow Neighbourhood Plan, we are concerned developments within the boundary red line will not require planning permission. Network Rail is a statutory undertaker and as such LPAs consult our Town Planning Teams on a wide variety of proposals that may impact upon Network Rail land and infrastructure. We are consulted about proposals next to, near to, on, under or over the railway as well as schemes for stations, mining and mineral extraction and also proposals that might impact upon Network Rail access points, level crossings etc.

We are concerned that the Baginton, Bubbenhall, Stoneleigh & Ashow Neighbourhood Plan which shares a boundary with the railway may result in proposals being undertaken near to or next to the operational railway / Network Rail land which may impact upon its safety and operation as we will not have had the opportunity (as via the current planning application notification process) to review and pass comments on vital asset protection measures to the council and developer / applicant. Equally we would be concerned if any Network Rail rights of access were affected by proposals, as these require unblocked access around the clock including emergency vehicles.

In light of the above we would request that the Baginton, Bubbenhall, Stoneleigh & Ashow Neighbourhood Plan group should contact Network Rail for any proposals within the area to ensure that:
(a) Access points / rights of way belonging to Network Rail are not impacted by developments within the area.
(b) That any proposal does not impact upon the railway infrastructure / Network Rail land e.g.
* Drainage works / water features
* Encroachment of land or air-space
* Excavation works
* Siting of structures/buildings less than 2m from the Network Rail boundary / Party Wall Act issues
* Lighting impacting upon train drivers ability to perceive signals
* Landscaping that could impact upon overhead lines or Network Rail boundary treatments
* Any piling works
* Any scaffolding works
* Any public open spaces and proposals where minors and young children may be likely to use a site which could result in trespass upon the railway (which we would remind the council is a criminal offence under s55 British Transport Commission Act 1949)
* Any use of crane or plant
* Any fencing works
* Any demolition works
* Any hard standing areas
We would very strongly recommend that the Baginton, Bubbenhall, Stoneleigh & Ashow Parish Neighbourhood Plan Area authority / group are made aware that any proposal within 10m of the operational railway boundary will also require review and approval by the Network Rail Asset Protection Team, and such schemes should be accompanied by a risk assessment and a method statement.

We would request that the Baginton, Bubbenhall, Stoneleigh & Ashow Neighbourhood Plan Area authority / group when submitting proposals for a development contact Network Rail's Town Planning Team and include a location plan and a description of the works taking place for review and comment.

All initial proposals and plans should be flagged up to the Network Rail Town Planning Team London North Western Route at the following address:

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