Cannon on track at Olympic Velodrome!

Rob & Jess were guest of Boyer Planning at a Charity track riding experience. The Olympic velodrome is simply stunning and for those with a love of cycling a real must. The evening event raised over £1,400 for the charity Colchester Emergency Night Shelter. Well done to all, especially those coping with no brakes & clip in pedals for the first time!

Autumn roundup

It’s been a busy year at Cannon with a number of exciting projects that has kept us busy.

In March, Taylor Wimpey received resolution to grant for 1,200 dwellings at Shorncliffe Garrison in Folkestone. This followed significant highways objection made by local residents and Kent CC that we overcame.

We supported Landform/Cirrus Land Management at Inquiry for a development site at Cringleford for 650 dwellings and are expecting the decision in January 2016. This required significant work to overcome a Norfolk County Council highways objection related to impact at a Trunk Road junction which Highways England had not objected to. An odd circumstance and unfortunately very time consuming for all involved. The work was detailed and involved understanding the operation of the existing traffic signals that was proven capable of upgrading to accommodate future traffic flows without the need for a £67-103m upgrade of the junction that affected our clients land.

More recently, we embarked on initial work for Phase 2 of the Taylor Wimpey Chilton Leys development at Stowmarket. This is the next phase of a development that achieved permission in 2014 and is now on site with the first 215 of 800 dwellings. Access arrangements have been completed for the whole scheme as part of the first phase with a single point of access delivering all 800 dwellings. Suitable access in the event of an emergency has been incorporated throughout the masterplan in accordance with best practice in Manual for Streets and to the satisfaction of Suffolk County Council.

Throughout the year, work has been ongoing on a development of 1,800 dwellings at Long Stratton in South Norfolk. The development is an allocation in the Greater Norwich Joint Core Strategy and Cannon we’ve been involved in supporting this since 2008. We’re pleased to be making a start on a planning application that will realise a much needed bypass for the village that is severed by the A140 and subject to some 20,000 vehicles per day of which 70-80% are through traffic movements. The bypass will be part of an application for 1,200 dwellings to the east of the village. A presentation has been prepared with initial masterplan thoughts to show how development and a road scheme can be integrated with due regard to the landscape implications of both. An approach that is only possible when the road and development are delivered together by the same team.

This year, Cannon have also been involved in the implementation of Travel Plans for Taylor Wimpey in Red Lodge and Haverhill, Suffolk. The roll out of these has included preparation and delivery of travel information packs to residents, vouchers for cycle gear and bus taster tickets. The response to each has been reasonably good.

If any of the projects above interest you, or you have similar requirements for developments you’re involved in then please contact Rob Evans or Rik Totman in the first instance.

Goodwood Revival – a wonderful trip back in time…

old fashioned sports car Goodwood

The motorsport theme for September continued as Rob & Rik were guests of Thakeham Homes at this years Revival. Bright sunshine, a collection of 14 spitfires ready for the Battle of Britain celebrations and numerous Bugatti, ERF, Jaguar, Lotus, Cobra cars to satisfy any petrol heads wildest fantasy. Many thanks to Thakeham Homes, what a super day out!

Cannon come to Cannon Street, London!

Cannon-London-OfficeCannon are pleased to announce the opening of a London office to help meet the demands of increased workload and act as a base for London and South East focused projects. The office is headed by Mark Kirby and we are actively recruiting a small team to support existing and new clients alike. If you have any enquiries please contact Mark or Rob in the first instance.

The Arboretum Travel Plan goes live!

Residents at the Taylor Wimpey Arboretum development in Haverhill now have access to travel information and vouchers with a view to getting more people walking, cycling, taking the bus or sharing cars. For more detail on Travel Plans, from supporting planning applications through to implementation, please contact Jessica Pratt in the first instance.

London calling…

Cannon are looking for like minded people to join the team in the new London Office. If you are a senior/principle transport planner, or infrastructure engineer with a particular focus on drainage strategy and flood risk assessment and want to join a small focused and friendly company then please get in touch. Please contact Mark Kirby or Rob Evans in the first instance.

Cannon Palmersport Motor Racing series – round one

Cannon were delighted to take 10 clients to Palmersport near Bedford for high octane fun. The day started with a light shower or two and a greasy track which tested the best of the team. However, this twitchy start soon gave way to perfect conditions and everyone pushed hard throughout the day with suitable reward. The odd spin, or two, deterred nobody and we think this is simply one of the best value days out there. We even had a few winners! Rob Boughton of Thakeham Homes taking overall honours for the day and the Palmer Jaguar trophy, Julian Rooney taking the Caterham cup and a large number of the team in the top 10 for each and every event. Roll on next year for Round 2… who will be up to the challenge?

Well done Mark & Jess

Cannon are pleased to announce the following promotions. Mark Kirby will become Associate Director and Jessica Pratt will become Associate. Thanks to both for their hard work over the last 7-8 years with Cannon.

Transfer window is open at Cannon!

Cannon Consulting Engineers are expanding and currently have openings for the right people. We’re seeking:

1. Graduate with at 1-3 years experience in field of traffic engineering/transport planning and modelling, preferably who has been involved in the preparation of Transport Assessments. First degree should for preference be Civil Engineering, but consideration will be given to those who have followed up with an MSc in a transport planning orientated subject.

2. Senior Infrastructure Engineer with good knowledge of highway design, traffic engineering and modelling to be involved in preliminary design work for planning purposes. Design work will range in complexity and experience of trunk road mitigation schemes and traffic signal design would be expected. A knowledge of S38 & S278 processes would a pre-requisite. ACAD is an essential requirement.

The location will be Kentford near Newmarket and for the right candidate a relocation package could be available.

Contact us via with your current CV and any other information you consider will be helpful.