When would I need a Travel Plan?
A Travel Plan can be put together at any stage of a development’s construction or occupation, even if it is a speculative or phased scheme.
The most effective Travel Plans are those that have considered sustainable travel from the pre-application phase have been updated at each stage of the development process.
The Travel Plan can fulfil a number of roles during this process:
During site design, before the developer formally submits an application:
- Consider the design and layout of the site
- Implement physical measures that improve the built environment for active travel
- Refer to TfGM guidance on cycling and sustainable travel
- Consider alternative modes of transport before designing parking
- Refer to TfGM Guidance Document: Transport for Sustainable Communities for design guidance
- Use the toolkit to identify site features that can be improved as part of the development
Development Planning Phase
During the planning application process, prior to site occupation
- Address planning obligations
- Identify potential problems and issues on the site using the toolkit
- Encourage sustainable travel from the moment the site is occupied
- Appoint Travel Plan Coordinator
Following completion and occupation of the site by the employer
- Implement Travel Plan
- Begin surveying travel behaviour three months after occupation.
- Monitor and report on how the development is progressing
- Identify emerging or recurring features at the site