Team Showcase – Transport Development & Transport Planning Support

Team Showcase – Transport Development & Transport Planning Support

We provide the full range of development and transport planning services to local authorities, helping with all aspects, including; development control, planning applications, funding bids, masterplanning, transport assessment and travel plans. We have also worked to inform policy and funding decisions from parking standards and Transport Strategies to town centre investment; providing robust evidence and reporting to stand up to scrutiny.

We work closely with council officers and project teams, offering a flexible service to help where resource or expertise isn’t available within the council. In the southern region we are currently working with Brighton & Hove City Council, Kent County Council, Swale Borough Council, Crawley Council, Medway Council, Windsor & Maidenhead and Adur & Worthing Councils. We have offices across the country, providing our expertise from Brighton in the south to Edinburgh in the north.

We fully understand the transport development and planning needs of local authorities and our experience on a wide range of projects is invaluable to help council’s meet their statutory obligations and react quickly to changing policy and funding opportunities.

Development Control

We can tailor our support to suit your specific needs, on an ongoing basis or for specific individual planning applications. We act for the council and provide the following services;

Major & minor applications We review all types and sizes of planning applications from small to large, simple or complex, providing key timely advice to the case officer

 

Technical review We understand what is needed to assess the impacts of developments and work with all industry recognised software, including TRICS, TEMPRO and CENSUS data to ensure the correct process has been followed

 

Liaison with applicants We speak directly to applicants and their consultants to represent the council, taking the pressure from officers and ensuring the right questions are asked

 

Modelling Review We have expert traffic modellers who use VISSIM, LinSig, Transyt/TranEd, PICADY and ARCADY. We test assumptions, model parameters and outputs to ensure they are accurate and suitable for purpose for both local and strategic level

 

Formal responses We complete responses to ensure our assessment is recorded and accurately passed on to the case officer and/or applicant. We can do this acting as the council using their preferred format or as a consultant; whichever is required

 

Committee attendance We prepare input to committee reports and appear at meetings to represent the council, including planning committee, hearings, appeals and public inquiries

 

 

Planning Applications

We work with local authorities to help unlock difficult sites, developing solutions for highways and access and ensuring site proposals accord with policy and will work for future users and occupiers. We work as part of multi disciplinary teams and can coordinate and submit planning applications on behalf of our clients. We have done this for highways projects, housing sites and commercial developments.

 

Coordination of Council Applications

 

We can act on behalf of Council’s to ensure planning applications meet the required standards and all supporting information is provided either by ourselves or other members of the design team. We will liaise with the case officer in formal pre-app meetings as required to agree the scope of supporting information and build a positive relationship

 

Coordination of specialist sub-consultants

 

We provide specifications, obtain fee estimates and coordinate input of specialists when needed

 

Preparation of supporting documents

 

We can prepare Planning Statements, Design and Access Statements, Transport Assessments, Travel Plans, Equalities Impact Assessments

 

Submission of planning application

 

We compile all necessary information and upload to the planning portal, ensuring all statutory documents are provided. We will also liaise with Council officers throughout the determination and respond to any requests for information

 

Site allocations for local plans

 

We can work at a strategic level to promote development sites for inclusion in local plans, providing all transport and highways related evidence to support the promotion of development sites

 

 

Transport Assessment & Travel Planning

We support local authorities in the development of their sites, from masterplan, through design development and planning stages. We then carry out Travel Plan coordinator role to help sustainable travel associated with the development for years to come.

Supporting Planning Applications

 

We liaise with the highways officers to agree the scope of assessment and represent the council at all stages of the design process. We prepare robust Transport Assessments and Travel Plans in line with policy to help achieve planning consent

 

Council sites travel planning

 

We have developed travel plan solutions for existing council sites to encourage sustainable travel. We can do this to help meet council targets to improve air quality, enhance staff wellbeing or as part of redevelopment proposals

 

School travel plans and training

 

We are experts in the developing school travel plans and encouraging sustainable travel.

 

 

Feasibility studies for transport improvements

 

We use our skills to develop proposals and explore concepts for transport interventions and improvements. These can inform funding bids and test proposals put forward by stakeholders.

 

Being at the forefront of industry innovation and implementing schemes on the ground enables us to promote ideas that achieve aspirational goals and are deliverable.

 

 

Policy Development & Funding Bids

Our expertise has been used to inform future policies, providing evidence bases for parking standards and the development of borough wide Transport Strategies.

We can work alongside council officers and liaise across the broad spectrum of stakeholders to ensure the full range of issues and opportunities are considered.

We put together successful funding bids across the spectrum. We react quickly and advise councils on new opportunities which are particularly relevant in recent times with Emergency Active Travel and Levelling Up Funds.

 

Parking Policy

 

We prepare robust evidence base for development of parking standards, using our in-depth knowledge of policy at all levels and the aspirations of local authorities.

 

We use our contacts within the industry to provide insight and shape the future of towns and cities and help to address the climate emergency declared by many council’s

 

 

Transport Strategy

 

We have prepared borough wide strategies, using our knowledge of policy and council aspirations we work with all stakeholders to produce robust documents for consultation and publication to help shape future transport decisions.

 

We are happy to prepare the entire document or discreet sections that require specialist input.

 

 

Funding Bids We put together successful funding bids to secure money for local authorities across the board; including WebTAG & DfT, LEP funding and business case, Emergency Active Travel funding.

 

We can cover everything including scheme development, consultation, modelling and testing, building financial information and preparing bid documents.

 

We provide support throughout the process and can help with any clarification needed to secure funding