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PROPOSED SUBMISSION LOCAL PLAN 2006-2028 - Aug 12

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Travel Plans

10.14 SCC has produced 'Travel Planning Guidance'[1] and this has been offered to Local Planning Authorities as a basis for adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) as part of the Council's development plan. Key elements of this guidance have been taken on board in producing the Travel Plans Policy TA4.

10.15 To reinforce the measures in Policies TA1 and TA2, dependent on the scale of the development, one of 3 types of Travel Plan (a Measures-only Travel Statement, or a Travel Plan Statement or a Full Travel Plan) should be in place to encourage modal shift, deliver subsequent health benefits from more active travel modes and reduce the impact of congestion.

10.16 The differences between these types of Travel Plan are fully explained in SCCs 'Travel Planning Guidance' and illustrated within this plan by reference to policy TA4, which indicates the different contents required by each type and the thresholds where respective types will apply.

10.17 Policy TA4 is very close to the County Council Travel Plan Guidance, although there are 3 key differences in the interpretation of thresholds and measures. These are:

  1. The SCC guidance refers to employee numbers and gives an indicative Gross Floor Area (GFA) equivalent[2]. Predicting the number of employees for a site is extremely difficult. In respect of employment sites Policy TA4 therefore considers the type of Travel Plan required in relation to the Gross Floor Area (GFA) based on indicative employment densities[3].
  2. The SCC guidance refers to a parking management strategy and this includes measures such as charging, Controlled Parking Zones and Traffic Regulation Orders[4]. This is too prescriptive as there is a need to ensure flexibility of the respective site and such measures should be determined through negotiation as and when pertinent to that site.
  3. SCCs Travel Planning guidance promotes safeguarding measures with bonds and ESCROW accounts[5]. An ESCROW account is where a deposit, usually in this instance money, or possibly a deed, stock, or written instrument is put into the custody of a third party and is retained until the agreed actions have been delivered. SSDC has concerns regarding the additional cost implications for developers and the consequent impact on the viability of a development. An s106 agreement is in itself legally binding and any safeguarding through bonds or ESCROWS should be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and should only be in respect of financial default by a developer.

10.18 SSDC expects concurrence with their interpretation of these thresholds and measures.

10.19 Travel Plans for specific sites shouldn't be seen in isolation. There is greater potential for the delivery of the more significant measures through joint working with other Travel Plans, both new and existing. Travel Plan Forums should therefore be set up to include key stakeholders (developers, public transport, occupiers, employers, residents etc. as well as SSDC and SCC).

10.20 In respect of speculative developments including outline planning applications a Framework or Umbrella Travel[6] Plan to cover the entire development site in accordance with SCCs 'Travel Planning Guidance' should be provided. This also applies to the Yeovil Sustainable Urban Extension for which additional specific measures are included in Policy YV6.

Policy TA4: Travel Plans

i. Travel Plans will be required commensurate with the scale of the development. The 3 broad types of Travel Plan are:

  1. Measures-only Travel Statements;
  2. Travel Plan Statements;
  3. Full Travel Plans.

The content of the Travel Plan document and the measures expected therein are indicated in Table 1 below. The measures should ensure that modal shift is maximised for developments with good levels of accessibility.

ii. The thresholds for development size determining which type of Travel Plan should be in place are shown in Table 2 below.

Table 1
 
Content of Travel Plan Document: 
Travel Plan Type
Measures-only Travel Statement
Travel Plan Statement
Full Travel Plan
Site Audit Report
 
Yes (Residential developments only)
Yes
Action Plan
Yes
Table of Measures (See below)
Yes
On-site measures
Yes
To be supplemented with Tables of Measures for each phase at reserved matters stage and post-occupation
Monitoring Strategy and Modal share Targets
 
Yes
(Excluding residential developments)
Yes
Completed modal share targets table attached to travel plan
SCCs iOn Travel registration and completion prior to travel plan approval
 
Yes
Yes
Site Specific Travel Information Leaflet
Yes
Yes
Yes
Smarter Travel Policy Dossier
Yes
Yes
Yes
Travel Website
Yes
Yes
Yes
Details of Parking levels/locations for every mode of transport
Yes
Yes
Yes
Travel Plan Coordinator
 
Yes
Yes
Promotional Activity
 
Yes
Yes
Travel Plan Forum to work with neighbouring sites
 
Yes
Yes
Table 2
Land Use Type
Lower Development Size threshold (Sq m Gross Floor Area unless indicated)
Type of Travel Plan Required
A1 –food
>100
Measures only Travel Statement
 
>500
Travel Plan Statement
 
>800
Full Travel Plan
A1 – Non-food
>100
Measures only Travel Statement
 
>500
Travel Plan Statement
 
>1500
Full Travel Plan
B1
>500
Measures only Travel Statement
 
>1000
Travel Plan Statement
 
>1500
Full Travel Plan
B8
>1000
Measures only Travel Statement
 
>2000
Travel Plan Statement
 
>5000
Full Travel Plan
C3
> 10 dwellings
Measures only Travel Statement
 
> 30 dwellings (or where car parking allocation is fewer than1 space per dwelling for any dwelling in the development)
Travel Plan Statement
 
> 50 dwellings
Full Travel Plan

iii. All development within the Yeovil Sustainable Urban Extension will be required to meet the Framework Travel Plan criteria and be commensurate with Policy YV6.

iv. Any development site with 25 or more car parking spaces or more than 1000 sq m of floor area could be required to produce a travel plan as a general principle. This is used as a basic threshold to negotiate and determine a requirement for a travel plan document for land uses not listed above.
Delivery

10.21 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing Policy TA4:

  • South Somerset District Council;
  • Somerset County Council;
  • Town and Parish Councils;
  • Developers and Landowners.
 
Monitoring Indicators Target
Delivery of Travel Plans 100% delivery of appropriate travel plans with relevant planning applications
1. SCC Transport Policies Travel Plan Guidance - adopted as formal technical guidance Nov 2011 (Thresholds for Travel Plans in Somerset page15 and Table 1.2) [back]
2. SCC Transport Policies Travel Plan Guidance - TVS 6 chapter 3 Tables 3.2 and 3.3 pages 39,40 & 41 [back]
3. Employment Densities: A Full Guide. Final Report, English Partnerships and the RDAs (2001) [back]
4. SCC Transport Policies Travel Plan Guidance - Table 2.2 page 17 'Measures expected in a travel plan document' a. 'Measures only Travel Statements' [back]
5. SCC Transport Policies Travel Plan Guidance - Policy TVS 14, page 62 [back]
6. SCC Transport Policies Travel Plan Guidance - Chapter 3 Action Plans for speculative development sites, page 41 [back]