Camel Creek Resort, Cornwall

PFA Consulting provided professional services to Camel Creek Resort to support the planning application for a new luxury holiday village in a rural Cornish setting south of Padstow.

PFA Consulting prepared a Transport Assessment in support of the proposals, including design of the access on to the B3274, and assessment of the impact on the junction with the A39. Input was provided to the Environmental Statement, and a Travel Plan developed to encourage sustainable travel by both guests and employees.

A Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) and a Water Resources Environmental Statement Chapter was produced. An assessment of site topography and confirmatory site visit suggested the Environment Agency’s Flood Map for Planning wrongly classified large parts of the site in Flood Zone 2 and 3. A detail hydraulic flood modelling exercise of the Mellingey stream was undertaken. This demonstrated that areas where dwellings were proposed were sited in areas with the lowest probability of watercourse flooding, equivalent to Flood Zone 1, and developable area was therefore maximised.

A preliminary surface water drainage strategy was devised to set out different infiltration or attenuation Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) options which could be utilised on the site ranging from soakaways, filter trenches, pervious pavements, bioretention areas, green roofs, or a network of swales, ponds and tanks. This gave the developer maximum flexibility moving forward to detailed design.

PFA Consulting advised on the foul water drainage strategy for the site. No public sewerage infrastructure is available within, or close to, the site and it is considered that a connection the public sewer system is not presently considered to be feasible. As such different package sewage treatment plant options were assessed to serve the development’s needs.