What are travel plans and transport statements? 

Transport statements evaluate the transport implications and impacts of a proposed development. They include an appraisal of existing transport constraints and opportunities, such as the availability of pedestrian routes and bus services. They also include an appraisal of the transport movements and modes that are likely to be associated with users or occupiers of the development. 

Travel plans provide long-term measures and strategies to promote sustainable travel. Effectively, travel plans aim to mitigate or reduce the negative transport impacts or implications of the development identified in the transport statement. They are normally subject to regular review. 

Transport assessments are a more thorough form of transport statement, only required for developments likely to have significant transport impacts. We do not produce these in house but we do commission them. 

When is a transport statement required?

Transport statements or assessments are required for “all developments that generate significant amounts of transport movements”. 

Your local council has discretion to decide what a “significant amount of transport movement” is. They will take account of any existing transport issues or constraints in the local area such as excessive traffic or on-road parking causing stoppages. This means that what might be considered a significant amount of transport movements can vary greatly depending on the site, the affected road(s) and the wider area.  

Whether a transport statement or more substantial transport assessment is required will depend on the likely extent of transport movements and/or their impacts. Again, this will be at your local council’s discretion. 

When is a travel plan required?

Travel plans are required for “all developments that generate significant amounts of transport movements”.

Your local council has discretion to decide what a “significant amount of transport movement” is. They will take account of any existing transport issues or constraints in the local area such as excessive traffic or on-road parking causing stoppages. This means that what might be considered a significant amount of transport movements can vary greatly depending on the site, the affected road(s) and the wider area.  

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