Monthly Archives: September 2014

Briefing Note: Right to Challenge Parking Policies

The Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Transport, aspire to enable residents and businesses to challenge local authorities’ parking policies through a new mechanism which is to be introduced as statutory guidance in the first instance. Local authorities are required under the Traffic Management Act 2004 to keep policies in relation to their road network under review, including provision of parking, charges and use of yellow lines, changes to which require public consultation.

The Departments have issued a Discussion Paper on their proposals to give a right to challenge parking policies. Our latest Briefing Note explains the need for the right to challenge, and also provides an indication of how current parking policies may affect development in different areas.

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Leigh Fotiadis Joins TPA

We are delighted to welcome Leigh Fotiadis who has joined TPA in the role of Regional Director and will be overseeing our infrastructure offer in the West of England and Wales. Leigh has significant industry experience at a number of levels, starting his career on site for a contractor, before moving to a housing developer and then into engineering consultancy services.

He has successfully delivered projects across a wide variety and number of sectors, from the initial stage and feasibility through detailed design and technical approval, to construction and end user handover. Consequently Leigh has an excellent understanding of developer and house builder needs from various perspectives, and helps create commercially astute solutions for clients to help achieve their desired outcome.

Leigh’s skills and personal and professional attributes will further strengthen our management structure not only in the west, but throughout the business.

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Daniel Ekstrand Joins TPA

We are delighted that Daniel Ekstrand has joined our London office this week. Daniel is a Project Manager with extensive experience in land development and regeneration projects. He has a strong track record of identifying access solutions to unlock and maximise development, increasing commercial viability to projects. He is an excellent communicator of project details to highways officers and to other stakeholders including the public which is particularly important as community liaison forms a vital part of our work; now more so than ever before.

Daniel’s specific expertise however lies in the use of SIAS Paramics and PTV VISSIM microsimulation software including pedestrian modelling. The requirement for strategic and network models is increasing as developers seek to bring forward larger developments than in recent years, and Daniel will increase our offer for modelling in the South East.

Consent Secured at Red Lodge

Our team in Cambridge was commissioned by Crest Nicholson Eastern to provide transport planning advice in support of a planning application for a residential-led development on an area of land to the east of Red Lodge in Suffolk.

The proposal comprised 374 dwellings together with a small number of retail units to provide local shops in the village centre for future residents.  Located to the east of a partially constructed extension to Red Lodge, the scheme was sensitive to local residents, including both those that have lived in Red Lodge for some time and recent arrivals.

Because of the extensive development in the area over recent years, there have previously been concerns raised by the local highway authority on the reliability of traffic surveys carried out in the area. By instructing a specific travel survey of an adjacent housing development, we were able to present a robust analysis of forecast trip generation.  The data obtained ensured that little doubt regarding the validity of the assessment could be raised by the highway authority or third parties, specifically local residents. It also meant that the forecast impact of the development was kept to a minimum because we could see definitively how existing residents travel to, from and within the area.

Our alternative approach helped ensure that the scheme could be delivered without the delivery of off-site highway improvements or financial contributions towards wider transport schemes. Ultimately this approach was success in ensuring no objection was received from either the Highways Agency or Suffolk County Council on highway grounds.

The proposal was recommended for approval by the planning officer and Forest Heath Council resolved to grant planning permission.