Monthly Archives: May 2015

Queen’s Speech 2015 – Transport Highlights


Yesterday the legislative plans for the year ahead have been unveiled in the Queen’s Speech to Parliament. It set out the priorities of David Cameron’s majority Conservative Government. We have below set out what we believe will impact our clients and our industry over the next five years.

The Housing Bill

The Housing Bill will help the Government to deliver on the ambition to help the working population, being designed to ‘offer over a million people a helping hand onto the housing ladder’.


Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

‘‘Schemes like Help to Buy are helping thousands of people who want to buy their own home – but we need to go further. Anyone who works hard and wants to get on the property ladder should have the opportunity to do so, which is why tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech will include measures so a million more people have the chance to do exactly that. And with housing starts at their highest since 2007, we’ll take steps that will get workers on sites and keep the country building.”

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said:

“Our Housing Bill will offer over a million people a helping hand onto the housing ladder. That is what a government for working people is about – making sure people have the security they need to build a brighter future for them and their families.”

The Bill include the following measures:

Extend the Right to Buy scheme; thus offering England’s 1.3 million housing association tenants the opportunity to buy their home at a discount, worth up to £102,700 in London and up to £77,000 in the rest of England.
Dispose of High Value Vacant Council houses; Councils will also be required to sell about 5% of their remaining council stock. These most-valuable properties […]

Consent for Residential Scheme in Windmill Hill, Bristol

Outline planning permission was granted on 23rd April 2015 for the erection of nine residential units comprising seven 3 bedroom dwellings and two 2 bedroom flats with associated layout, infrastructure and access arrangements.

Transport Planning Associates’ Bristol team have been working on behalf of the developer Sam Litt, with GE2 Ltd. Architects to achieve the consent for the site which is currently an existing car sales garage.

TPA worked with the highway authority in order to demonstrate that car parking provision which comprised zero spaces being provided on the site was appropriate could be justified given the inner city location and type of development. The team delivered a Transport Statement in support of the development which included a parking survey of the surrounding highway network to illustrate the existing demand at peak times to help justify the provision.