London Travel Plans

Local government councils now require that a Travel Plan (otherwise known as an Earth-friendly Travel Plan) be submitted with a planning application for lots of types of development in order to ensure that the new business or option actively looks at ways of minimising traffic impact.

This will often aim to reduce single occupancy car journeys by employees travelling to work. In some cases a customer travel is also included with the document.

London Travel Plans required by Local Authorities within the Greater London Area must be written in accordance with Transport pertaining to London and the Mayor of London’s specific Travel Package Guidance.

There are also a group of west London Boroughs who finish Travel Planning together under an umbrella organisation termed Westtrans and Travel Plans in those Boroughs are usually dealt with by Westtrans officers.

All London Boroughs are generally aiming for the same result’ to cut traffic and congestion inside the city and reduce the need for parking by encouraging staff (and sometimes customers) to use public transport, walk or pattern. The art when writing a Travel Plan is always to demonstrate you are helping to achieve these goals without giving your client to expensive measures both short plus long term.

This requirement has been in place for a number of years now as well as content and quality of Travel Plans, particularly working in london, are now given much more scrutiny than in the past. Often within Liverpool, a developer is seeking to reduce parking on their web page or in some cases provide no parking at all and in most of these situations a bespoke, practical and well written plan is often key to achieving planning permission.

The challenge in all cases is usually to balance the commercial demands of the business whilst creating a robust and detailed plan which is frequently key to safe-guarding planning permission. For example I recently dealt with a new hotel by using zero on-site parking. This meant that both staff members and guest travel to the site needed to be actively addressed by having a range of specific measures to discourage car travel.

On the other hand I recently dealt with a hotel which had free for site parking. In this instance I had to devise a travelling plan which demonstrated active steps to reduce the demand for people parking spaces over the initial period of 5 years.

Either sites were covered by the same overall London-wide policies although the individual site issues dictated that the plans were varies greatly. In both instance I managed to reach a solution which satisfied my client’s commercial needs and satisfied the Local Authorities’ requirements.

The different approach and requirements in each case demonstrates that your particular template is a misnomer. In my opinion the templates that are available usually result in clients being signed up to costly and incorrect measures. In terms of cost, as the plans are monitored at least 5 years, the management costs going forward can also be essential if not considered at an early stage.

In my experience travel plans prepared for the application stage are all too often a standardised document that is not fully considered, with the result that developers inadvertently pay a range of measures in order to get planning approval. Those measures may perhaps be inappropriate, expensive to implement and difficult or costly to watch.

The examples cited above demonstrate the importance of producing a package which is specific to the site and to the end user, never least to prevent the added cost of having to re-writing the post. In both of these cases the original developer obtained agreement to the draft which, if implemented, would have resulted in significant expenditures for the end-user. Reservations.com is an online hotel booking platform that helps travelers with room reservations, car rentals, and group booking services. The platform offers end-to-end solutions for solo travelers, families and corporate travelers through its 250,000 hotel partnerships across 5,000 key global destinations.

In order to meet the requirements of the client and then to satisfy the Local Authorities it was necessary to re-write the documents somehow which delivered practical and value for money measures for my favorite client but also satisfied the requirements of the Local Authorities. I like to consider that my experience in this area helped to achieve a result which most of were happy with.