Supporting Studies

The planning application submitted to East Renfrewshire Council will be supported by a detailed suite of supporting information, including submissions in respect of design, architecture, transport, access, flooding, drainage, ground conditions, archaeology, trees, ecology and noise. The emerging proposals have also been the subject of Environmental Impact Assessment Screening.

Accessibility / Transport

The planning application will be supported by a full Transport Assessment and discussions with the Council’s transportation department are underway.  The proposal site is in an area of high accessibility and the proposals seek to promote accessibility by sustainable modes of transport, particularly in terms of encouraging trips on foot and by bike.

To promote active travel, the proposals will include new sheltered and secure cycle parking provision and there are also proposals to improve cycle links between the proposed leisure centre and the key points of access. The Core Path that is identified in the Local Development Plan will not be affected by the application proposals and will remain.

In terms of provision for vehicles, the emerging proposals seek to improve car park management across the Eastwood Park campus, with a reconfigured car park also providing additional parking spaces to serve the proposed development.  Some localised junction improvements may also be required, although these require to be confirmed following further transport surveys and investigations.

Inclusive Design / Accessibility

As part of the accessibility strategy for the building, the new building will embody inclusive design and accessibility, maximising accessibility for all.  The proposals will also provide dedicated accessible parking spaces in close proximity to the building entrances, allowing level access directly into the new leisure centre and theatre. Full details on the proposals approach to inclusive design will be provided in the Design & Access Statement and Transport Assessment to be submitted with the planning application.

Drainage and Flood Risk

The submitted planning application will be supported by a full Flood Risk Assessment and drainage strategy information, with the proposals incorporating sustainable urban drainage systems.  The proposals which are being presented have been informed by the findings of the flood risk assessment.

Ground Conditions

A full Site Investigation Report has been commissioned and will be submitted with the planning application. The initial findings from these investigations indicate that there are no significant ground condition issues which will affect the proposed development.

Ecology

The appointed design team includes a dedicated project ecologist who are appointed to undertake the required ecology surveys and assessments. These investigations are underway and will be submitted with the planning application.

Archaeology

Initial archaeological investigations have been undertaken and these have not revealed any archaeological issues of any significance.  The planning application will be supported by an archaeology report which confirms these findings.

Tree Survey

The proposal site forms part of the wider Eastwood Park, all of which is protected by a Tree Preservation Order. In addition, parts of the site are also designated as Ancient Woodland. The proposals will require the removal of a number of trees to allow for the development of the new leisure centre.  However, this limited loss will not have a significant impact on the overall integrity of the relevant designations and significant compensatory tree planting is proposed as part of the proposed improvements to the park.  Full details on arboricultural issues will be provided in the tree survey and landscape submissions which will accompany the planning application.

Energy and Sustainability

In advancing the emerging proposals, significant consideration has been given to ensuring that sustainability is at the heart of the new development.  The project follows a ‘fabric first’ approach to reducing the overall energy demands of the building,  maximising the performance of the components and materials that make up the building. This will help reduce capital and operational costs, improve energy efficiency, minimise carbon emissions and reduce the need for maintenance during the building’s life.  Specifically the proposals will minimise the need for energy consumption by maximising air-tightness, incorporating high levels of insulation, optimising solar gain through the provision of openings, shading and natural ventilation. In addition, the proposals will include a range of sustainable energy technologies, including  air source heat pumps for heating and hot water provision.