The accessibility of a site is a key test when taking development proposals through the planning process, whether it be for a site promotion exercise through a local development plan, or a formal planning application submission.
Our national accessibility planning resource draws upon its specialist techniques to provide a much needed evidence-base to guide the optimisation of development masterplans, to evaluate best-value travel planning initiatives, and to consider accessibility relative to competing sites.
We employ the use of specialist software to deliver key performance indicators through the analysis of geo-demographic data using travel time, cost or distance. We are using this software in innovative ways to ease the planning application process:
Site promotion – evaluates how the application site compares with other recently permitted sites or alternative sites that have the benefit of allocated status, incorporating census data analysis if required.
Masterplans – informs the design and strategic placement of transport infrastructure to optimise accessibility credentials without adding cost.
Travel planning – provides an evidence-based approach to evaluate best-value initiatives.
Engagement – produces graphical representations of accessibility that are easy to understand by key stakeholders: committee members, planning officers and members of the public.
Added value – improves the accuracy and quality of accessibility analysis already undertaken within the transport assessment process.