In March 2012, the Government released the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which aimed to simplify the planning process to allow the effective delivery of sustainable development. The NPPF states that, where a new development is likely to generate a significant amount of transport movements, the development application should be supported by a Transport Assessment (TA) or Transport Statement (TS). This document will be used to determine whether the impact of the development on transport is acceptable.
A Transport Assessment (TA) is a comprehensive and systematic process that sets out transport issues relating to a proposed development. It identifies what measures will be taken to deal with the anticipated transport impacts of the scheme and to improve accessibility and safety for all modes of travel, particularly for alternatives to the car such as walking, cycling and public transport.
A Transport Statement (TS) is a scaled down version of a TA that would typically be required for smaller scale developments where the likely transport impact is limited.
As our case study examples illustrate TPS have worked with clients to prepare Transport Assessments and Transport Statements that support applications for a wide variety of development projects, from small employment sites right through to large mixed use masterplan schemes.