Faverdale, Darlington

Client: Lateral Property Group and LBW Investments Limited

Model demonstrates solutions to complex traffic issues, helping deliver a new food store in Darlington


  • Preparation of Transport Assessment and Travel Plan to support a planning application for a new food store, petrol station and 314 space car park on a disused industrial site in north east Darlington.
  • Assessment using Aimsun Microsimulation to test the impacts of the new store on the A68 corridor – a key arterial route into Darlington Town Centre.
  • Close collaboration with Darlington Borough Council (DBC) to refine the model and test the development proposals.


  • Modelling showed that existing congestion on the A68 would be exacerbated by general traffic growth and other development already proposed. However, the foodstore itself would provide some benefits by reducing the need to travel to other stores.
  • Any local impacts associated with the proposed food store could be mitigated by a new link road planned by DBC.
  • The model can be connected to DBC’s existing town centre Aimsun model and used to test future development proposals.
  • Planning consent was granted in June 2015.

Fore’s clear communication skills, technical expertise and excellent working relationship with Darlington Borough Council’s officers have hugely assisted us in successfully negotiating the traffic-related issues associated with the redevelopment of a brownfield site that has long been an eyesore in the local area.

Chris Newsome, Development Director at Lateral Property Group.


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