In general, a Travel Plan is a package of practical measures that are tailored to either residential developments or workplace requirements. With the overall aim of promoting greener, cleaner, more sustainable travel choices to reduce the reliance on cars. Travel Plans offer significant means in helping deliver more sustainable communities.
At Smarter Travel Ltd, our aim is to get you to think, why do you make particular travel choices for the journeys you make? What are the impacts on yourself and the others around you? Instead of driving, could you walk or cycle to your destination or travel more sustainably by another means? Travel Plans can help show the alternative means available to you, your residents and employees.
Travel Plans are becoming increasingly important and The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) objectives are to integrate planning and transport at the national, regional, strategic and local level. In addition to promoting more sustainable transport choices, the government want to help raise awareness of the impacts of travel decisions and promote the widespread use of travel plans amongst businesses, schools, hospitals and large residential estates. The NPPF sets out the main aims and objectives of Travel Plans, in addition to, how they fit in with planning applications. For more information on Government guidance please click here.
Travel Plans are therefore an integral part of the promotion of new development and highlight how sustainable travel options can be maximised, thus improving the chances of planning approval being given. Alternatively, they don’t have to be implemented due to planning conditions, they can also be introduced voluntarily if you so wish. This could be for a number of reasons including, office relocation or a desire to achieve ISO14001 Environmental Management Standard, providing a competitive advantage or improving a company’s reputation.
There are different types of Travel Plans and the one you need can depend on a variety of factors:
Framework Travel Plan – Gives a basic outline of certain aspects of a travel plan and is submitted as part of a planning application.
Interim Travel Plan – Not everything is covered as some aspects are unknown, provides provisional measures and typically comes after planning approval but before the baseline survey.
Full Travel Plan – This is a complete travel plan, meaning it includes everything from monitoring and objectives to an action plan, budget and measures. The baseline survey is also included, providing specific travel habits of the site itself.
Area Travel Plan – This covers a wider area surrounding multiple developments (or even a large retail / business park covering several workplaces) and may be implemented to reduce impact on the wider area.
Travel Plan Statement – This would be suitable for a small scale site i.e. a ‘light touch’ approach, and only a few specific issues are dealt with.
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