Residential Travel Plans by feltonhuggins

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									                      Useful websites

                      Department for Transport:                    www.dft.gov.uk
                      Transport 2000:                  www.transport2000.org.uk
                      Car clubs:                               www.carplus.org.uk
                      Sustrans:                              www.sustrans.org.uk
                      Public transport:           www.networkwestmidlands.com
                                                   www.travelwestmidlands.co.uk
                      	                   	                 www.travelwise.org.uk


                      For	your	local	TravelWise	co-ordinator	visit	the	TravelWise	
                      website	and	click	on	the	about	us	and	members	directory.




                                                                                     Residential Travel Plans
                                                                                     Maximise profit, minimise fuss




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            Helping developers
            find the right route.
            Building a sustainable residential development has many
            benefits to you as a house builder, the environment and
            surrounding businesses and residencies. It shows your
            commitment to reducing the carbon footprint for each new site.
            Your future developments can become sustainable by creating
            and implementing a Residential Travel Plan.



            What is a Residential Travel Plan?
            A Residential Travel Plan is a package of measures
            designed to:
            • reduce	the	number	and	length	of	car	trips	generated		
              by	a	residential	development
            • support	more	sustainable	forms	of	travel	

            This could mean anything from ensuring residents use public
            transport, walk or cycle as much as possible, to encouraging
            them to use cars in better ways (car clubs, car sharing, park
            and ride, or to use environmentally-friendly vehicles).

            A Residential Travel Plan needs to show how house builders
            plan to reduce the impact of travel and transport on the
            environment (mechanisms and initiatives), the targets and        If effectively used, a Residential Travel Plan can benefit both

            indicators that will be used, and how you’ll monitor, review     the developer and future residents of the site by helping

            and change the plan if necessary.                                to reduce development costs, congestion, transport costs
                                                                             and improve accessibility.

                                                                             Within this guide you’ll find useful information and advice on:      Planning Applications                                               should be submitted alongside planning applications that are

                                                                             • why	you	need	to	create	a	Residential	Travel	Plan	                                                                                      likely to have significant transport implications. Well thought out
                                                                                                                                                  Planning Policy Guidance No. 13 (PPG 13) on Transport was           and managed travel plans will in many cases help mitigate the
                                                                             • the	benefits	of	a	Residential	Travel	Plan	
                                                                                                                                                  published in March 2001. It indicates that local planning           effects of development. For example, Residential Travel Plans can
                                                                             • how	to	create	a	Residential	Travel	Plan                            authorities can require planning applications to be                 assist in reducing traffic congestion and pollution and make a real
                                                                                                                                                  accompanied by a travel plan. Paragraphs 87–91 sets out             contribution to the achievement of sustainable transport objectives.
                                                                                                                                                  in detail Government guidance on travel plans and raises            They can also assist in determining the best use of available land.
                                                                             Why is a Residential Travel Plan needed?
                                                                                                                                                  awareness of the impact of travel decisions. It emphasises:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pre-application discussions are recommended to determine the
                                                                             The Government’s Integrated Transport White Paper, New	Deal		        • reductions	in	car	usage	(particularly	single	occupancy	           need for a Residential Travel Plan at an early stage. As a guide
                                                                             for	Transport:	Better	for	Everyone was published in July 1998.         journeys)	and	increased	use	of	public	transport,		                sites that have plans for 100 units or more may require a Residential
                                                                             The Government identified the responsibility for transport issues      walking	and	cycling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Travel Plan.
                                                                             and solutions to be shared between the private and public sectors.     r
                                                                                                                                                  • 	 educed	traffic	speeds,	improved	road	safety	and	personal	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In October 2005 the Department for Transport published a guide
                                                                             The paper also emphasised the importance the planning                  security,	particularly	for	pedestrians	and	cyclists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to Residential Travel Plans entitled Making	Residential	Travel		
                                                                             system could play in reducing the need for employees to travel       • more	environmentally	friendly	delivery	and	freight	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Plans	Work:	good	practice	guidelines	for	developers which
                                                                             by car to/from their place of employment by the careful planning       movements,	including	home	delivery	services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      provides examples of good practice. The guide is available
                                                                             of new developments in a sustainable manner.
                                                                                                                                                  Further emphasis is given to the accessibility to jobs, shopping,   at www.dft.gov.uk, and will assist with the development of your
                                                                                                                                                  leisure and services. The Government considers that travel plans    travel plan.




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            Benefits for all
            Having a Residential Travel Plan is a valuable resident acquisition
            tool when presenting plans for the prospective buyers:
            For the future residents of your development, a Residential
            Travel Plan can mean:
            •	 reduced	congestion
            •	 reduced	transport	costs
            •	 improved	accessibility

            For your development and your business, a Residential Travel
            Plan can equate to:
               m
            •	 	 aximised	profit	(for	example,	a	development	with		
               fewer	garages	and	driveways	equates	to	additional		
               plot	capacity)	
               h
            •	 	 elping	to	overcome	local	resistance	to		
               planned	schemes
               e
            •	 	 nhancing	marketability	through	creating	more	open/
               green	spaces	within	the	site	
               p
            •	 	 ositive	PR	–	contributing	to	the	environmental	well	being	
               of	the	community
               i
            •	 	mproved	marketability	through	adding	product	value
               i
            •	 	mproved	effectiveness	and	greater	financial	viability		
               of	S106	agreements	
               c
            •	 	 ontribution	to	affordable	housing	provision	(ensuring		
               all	residents	have	access	to	sustainable	travel)
               c
            •	 	 reating	an	holistic	approach	to	site	access,	utilising		
               all	modes	of	travel
            •	 	 reating	a	more	attractive	environment,	contributing		
               c                                                                  You should also follow the Government guidance that states           If you require assistance in creating Residential Travel Plans        a powerful marketing tool for your new development.
               to	regeneration	and	renewal	activities                             Residential Travel Plans:                                            for future sites you must contact your Local Authority in the first   On affiliation to the Residential Travelwise scheme you will be
            •	 	 dded	incentives	for	prospective	purchasers	e.g.	discounts	
               a                                                          	          s
                                                                                  •	 	 hould	be	created	in	consultation	with	the	local	authority	      instance. They will be able to guide you through the process          able to access a number of benefits for your residents which
               on	tickets	for	public	transport                                       and	local	transport	providers                                     and advise of requirements that may be specific to that area.         could include:
                                                                                                                                                       Example Residential Travel Plans can be downloaded from
                                                                                     	
                                                                                  •	 should	have	measurable	outputs,	possibly	relating	to	local		                                                                               d
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 iscounts	for	the	annual	public	transport	travel	pass		
                                                                                     transport	plan	targets	                                           www.residentialtravelwise.org.uk
            How to create a Residential Travel Plan                                                                                                                                                                             of	resident’s	choice	
                                                                                     w
                                                                                  •	 	 ill	need	to	set	out	arrangements	for	monitoring	the		                                                                                    d
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 iscounted	one	day	travel	passes	
            When you create your Residential Travel Plan you should aim to:          plan’s	progress,	as	well	as	arrangements	for	enforcement		        T he Residential TravelWise scheme                                       c
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 ompany	TravelWise-supported	discounts
                                                                                     if	objectives	are	not	met
               r
            •	 	 educe	car	trips	generated	by	the	development,		
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                o
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 n-site	public	transport	information	and		
               to	significantly	less	than	predicted	without	a	travel	plan            	
                                                                                  •	 may	be	designed	for	the	applicant	only,	or	be	part	of	a	wider		   The Residential TravelWise scheme is designed to help you achieve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                residential	forums		
                                                                                     initiative	–	possibly	organised	by	the	local	authority		          your Residential Travel Plan aims, to make transportation more
               a
            •	 	 ddress	residents’	needs	for	access	to	work,	education,	
                                                                                     and	involving	other	developments	in	the	area.	                    sustainable for the future residents of your development. It will        p
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 ersonalised	journey	planning
               health,	leisure,	recreation,	shopping	etc.
                                                                                                                                                       ultimately help to realise the benefits for the sales and marketing
               p
            •	 	 romote	healthy	lifestyles	and	sustainable,	vibrant,		
               local	communities                                                  The Next Steps                                                       of a successful and effective Residential Travel Plan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Travel Plan Co-ordinator
               d
            •	 	 esign	a	development	design	that	enables	walking,		                                                                                    For any new development of over 50 units, Residential TravelWise
               cycling	and	public	transport,	linked	to	the	design		               As a house builder you may be already be aware of the                                                                                      As part of the Residential TravelWise Scheme you will need
                                                                                                                                                       may ask you to sign the Company TravelWise Pledge, agreeing:
               and	access	statements                                              requirement for travel plans as part of the planning approval                                                                              to appoint a Travel Plan Co-ordinator (who can be part time)
                                                                                  process. The Department for Transport’s Using	the	Planning	          “To work towards reducing the environmental and traffic               for your new development. The Co-ordinator will be responsible
               a
            •	 	 ddress	any	site-specific	or	local	constraints		
                                                                                  Process	to	Secure	Travel	Plans published in 2002 provides            congestion impact of our development on the local area.               for liaising with local authorities, Passenger Transport Executive’s
               or	opportunities
                                                                                  further guidance.                                                    In particular to consider how resident travel needs can be met        and public transport operators to ensure the discounts are
               t
            •	 	 ake	an	integrated,	holistic	approach,	addressing		                                                                                    in a more environmentally sustainable way.”                           promoted to residents. They will also promote and implement
               site	design,	marketing	of	the	plan	and	promotion		
               of	incentives                                                                                                                           You can then start to enjoy the benefits, which could prove           the Residential Travel Plan.




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            Promotion of the Residential Travel Plan
                                                                                What measures
                                                                                can be included?
            To make sure your residents realise the benefits of the
            Residential Travel Plan, you could provide them with
            a Welcome Pack containing, for example:
            • site	specific	journey	plan	for	local	amenities
            • public	transport	information                                      Walking                                                       Public transport                                                   Home zones
            • discounted	public	transport	tickets	                                                                                            • discussion	with	local	public	transport	operators	to	             • vehicle	speed	restrictions
                                                                                • safe,	well-lit	walking	routes	around	the	site,	to	local	
            • discounts	on	cycling	and	walking	equipment                          amenities	and	public	transport	links                          improve	services	and	create	routes	through	the	site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • physical	measures	giving	priority	to	pedestrians
            • cycle	maps,	including	cycle	parking	locations                     • a	“pedestrian	first”	policy,	with	drop	kerbs	and	traffic	   • services	subsidised	by	developers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • high	quality	public	realm,	incorporating	traffic-free	
                                                                                  calming	measures	to	improve	pedestrian	safety               • provision	of	shelters	at	stops                                     social	and	recreational	spaces
            • discounted	car	club	membership
                                                                                • provision	of	walking	information,	maps,	and	information	    • site	development	with	consideration	for	layout	of	bus	
            • locations	of	schools,	and	information	on	walking	buses              on	the	health	benefits	of	walking                             stops,	ensuring	all	residents	have	a	bus	stop	within	400m	
            • site-specific	website	details                                     • areas	with	pedestrian-only	access                             of	their	home	to	comply	with	accessibility	planning              Setting targets
            • promotion	of	local	events                                         • liaison	with	local	schools	to	create	walking	buses          • minibuses	to	local	facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A successful Residential Travel Plan requires the setting of
                                                                                                                                              • welcome	packs	to	include	information	on	local		                  realistic targets at an early stage. Ideally you should set the
                                                                                                                                                public	transport,	site-specific	journey	planning,		
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 targets for your development’s Residential Travel Plan ahead
            Monitoring and review process                                       Cycling                                                         maps,	and	timetables
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of planning consent, and review them on an ongoing basic
                                                                                                                                              • personalised	travel	advice                                       throughout its life.
            Residential Travel Plans for new residential developments           • a	good	cycle	path	network	around	the	site,	connecting	
                                                                                  with	the	local	cycle	network                                • developer-funded	discount	vouchers	for	public	transport
            are usually prepared before precise information on residents                                                                                                                                         It is important that the targets set are realistic, and reflect the
            travel behaviour is available, so must rely on information from     • provision	of	secure	cycle	storage	at	amenities	around	      • site-specific	website	containing	up-to-date	timetable	           reductions in car use predicted as a result of the Residential
            other developments, as well as TRICs databases. Most of this          the	site,	and	at	each	property                                information	and	links	to	journey	planning	software               Travel Plan measures. Targets should measure the level
            information will be included in the site transport assessment.      • information	on	local	cycle	networks,	parking,	shops	and	                                                                       of single occupancy car trips originating from the site, and
            The first stage of the process is to calculate the likely trip        cycle	groups                                                                                                                   include targets for different travel modes i.e. walking, cycling
                                                                                                                                              Car share scheme
            generation of the site, taking into account the impact of the       • welcome	packs	containing	discount	vouchers	from	                                                                               and public transport.
            measures in the Residential Travel Plan. Once the local authority     support	companies	selling	cycling	equipment                 • travel	plan	co-ordinator	to	set	up,	administer	and	              Regular residents’ surveys should be carried out by the Travel
            has validated the trip generation information this will provide     • information	on	the	health	benefits	of	cycling                 promote	a	residents’	car-share	scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Plan Co-ordinator, who can then adapt the travel plan and
            the basis for monitoring and setting targets in the Residential     • establishment	of	a	bicycle	users’	group                     • priority	parking	for	car	sharers.                                promotions to influence the targets.
            Travel Plan.
                                                                                • communal	cycle	pump	and	toolkit,	or	inclusion	of	these	
                                                                                  items	in	residents’	welcome	packs	
                                                                                                                                              Car clubs                                                          The next steps
                                                                                • promotion	of	local	and	national	cycling	events	such		
                                                                                  as	bike	week,	bike	to	work	and	visits	by	bike               • developer-funded	car	club                                        A local authority or development control officer in the area that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 you plan to build your development will give you guidance and
                                                                                • discounts	on	cycle	training	and	promotion	of	cycle	         • vouchers	for	free	car	club	hours,	or	one	year’s	
                                                                                  training	for	children                                         membership,	included	in	welcome	packs                            information on the planning requirements.

                                                                                                                                              • provision	of	dedicated	parking	bays	for	car	club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 To view local transport plans or obtain sample residential
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 plans visit www.residentialtravelwise.org.uk
                                                                                                                                              Reducing the need to travel
                                                                                                                                              • broadband	internet	access	provided	in	all	properties	to	
                                                                                                                                                encourage	home	shopping
                                                                                                                                              • provision	of	storage	area	for	deliveries,	including	
                                                                                                                                                refrigerated	area	for	food
                                                                                                                                              • on-site	facilities	e.g.	offices,	live/work	units,	convenience	
                                                                                                                                                store,	crèche,	cash	point,	food	outlets




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