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Transport Assessment

Published: 2020-01-28 Updated: 2020-10-27 Subject: Planning checklist

Planning application - local requirement

When the requirement applies

In accordance with Placemaking Plan Policy ST7, planning applications for developments that generate significant levels of movement should be accompanied by a transport assessment or transport statement in accordance with National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance. Schemes will be expected to be tested through the council’s transport modelling, as necessary.

Please note that any development requiring a transport assessment is likely to need a travel plan.

What the assessment should include

The transport assessment (TA) should cover how travel, parking and access are managed currently at the site, and show how the development will affect these in the future. It should include the following:

  • All existing and proposed commercial vehicle movements to and from the site (for example, deliveries)
  • All existing and proposed residential vehicle movements to and from the site
  • All pedestrian traffic, both commercial and residential
  • Loading areas and arrangements for manoeuvring, servicing and parking of vehicles
  • An analysis of existing access and transport conditions, and how the development will affect those conditions (for example, the proportion of site users who are walking/driving/taking public transport to and from the site)
  • Any measures proposed to overcome any current or anticipated transport problems, and improve access to public transport (such as cycle routes, footpaths and bus stops)

You can find further guidance on development and the Strategic Road Network on the Planning Portal.

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