Monthly Archives: January 2015

Appeal Success in Prior Approval Case

TPA has advised our clients in applications for the conversion of offices (a B1 land use) to residential accommodation that parking and access are the key matters for consideration. With local authorities seeking minimum standards for car parking to aid the design and creation of higher quality developments which will not be affected by excessive on-street parking, the conversion of office space to residential dwellings has the potential to create on-street parking pressures where office parking provision is not adequate to support a residential use.

In acting in support of a recent application for Prior Approval at a site in Hounslow, the Inspector agreed with our approach and confirmed that “the proposal would not result in a material increase in or changes in character of traffic in the vicinity of the site.”  In his further consideration of parking, the Inspector determined that overspill parking in the locality might be representative of a ‘severe’ impact as defined by the National Planning Policy Framework and that based upon the evidence presented in our Transport Statement concluded that “a ‘severe’ impact would be unlikely to occur from the appeal scheme … and that there would not be significant adverse effects on transport and highways as a result of the proposed development.”

We have significant experience of supporting our clients applications to convert former office buildings into residential accommodation or other uses as permitted by the General Permitted Development Order. For more information on how we may help you, please contact us via our website or by email at and one or our directors will call you to discuss your needs.

Resolution to Grant Consent at Hawley Park Farm, Blackwater

A resolution to grant consent has been reached for the proposals for 126 dwellings at Hawley Park Farm, Blackwater. Transport Planning Associates’ Bristol team has been working closely with Pegasus Planning Group on behalf of Lightwood Strategic to resolve the proposed access strategy to the site and demonstrate that the site is sustainably located.

A number of access options were considered on both Hawley Road and Fernhill Lane, with careful consideration to local constraints such as the suitability of existing road widths, available junction visibility, trees subject to tree protection orders and third party land ownership.  This ultimately led to the proposals to provide a right turn lane ghost island junction at Hawley Road and a footway improvement scheme on Fernhill Lane.

TPA was also required to design the alignment and gradients of the proposed internal access road to the residential development site across an adjacent SANG site (Suitable Accessible Natural Greenspace) that also had to consider existing Public Right of Way (PRoW) routes.

The team delivered a detailed Transport Assessment and Travel Plan as part of the planning application and subsequently carried out significant negotiations with Highway Officers at Hampshire County Council to turn around their initial recommendation for refusal to approval.


The Great Bristol Bake Off

The results are in and the winner of the Bristol Bake Off competition is Nicola Tiley with this high flying effort.

The whole of the Bristol team got involved with the competition, offering cakes and tarts in all shapes and sizes which were very well received (mostly). We weren’t short of a scandal either, with a disqualification for the use of a pre-made cake mix. All in all, the Bake Off was an overwhelming success and we look forward to some more friendly competition in 2015.


New Instruction for Brent School Expansion

Our London Office are proud to have been appointed by Brent Council to provide Transport Planning support for the expansion of two schools in the London Borough of Brent. Transport Planning Associates will now liaise with the project team going forward and provide an update to both schools’ Travel Plans and provide the Transport Assessment Report to complete the supporting documentation for the planning application.

The appointment was instructed following a competitive tender procedure, which helps to further demonstrate TPA’s ability to understand and meet the client’s needs whilst also providing a competitive proposal in terms of fees.

Innovative Road Layout Trial – Welwyn Garden City

Hertfordshire County Council has approved a trial starting on 19 January which will allow developers Spen Hill to test proposed highway improvements to Broadwater Road.

The innovative trial which is due to last for 21 days will transform the junction, which is currently managed by traffic lights, into a roundabout layout in a bid to manage traffic flows better and improve the environment along Broadwater Road. This is the first of its kind in the county and may lead the way in testing future road layout changes. Currently, the traffic lights at the junction increase traffic delays outside of the morning peak, causing cars to sit in long queues waiting for the lights to change. This creates unnecessary congestion, delay and pollution. The main aim of this trial is to see if the changes ease traffic along Broadwater Road, as well as creating a better environment for residents and reducing the divide between Peartree ward and the town centre.

The crossroads junction of Broadwater Road and Bessemer Road with Bridge Road and Bridge Road East will be changed to smooth traffic along the two roads before removing the traffic lights and replacing them with a roundabout layout. As Spen Hill’s highways consultants, Transport Planning Associates will manage the trial in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council. Signs along the road approaching the new layout are in place and will alert drivers to the roundabout layout and trial.

Extensive traffic data collection will be undertaken before, during and after the trial. Transport Planning Associates and Hertfordshire County Council will analyse the findings to assess the effectiveness of the new layout. Hertfordshire County Council can request that the traffic lights at the junction are reinstated at any time during the […]

New Appointments to TPA Board

We are delighted to announce that Peter Evans and Nathan Hanks have been appointed Directors of Transport Planning Associates.

Peter Evans has been with TPA since 2011 and is based in our Western Business Unit, with offices in Bristol and Cardiff. He has experience in both the public and private sectors having worked in local government as  Head of Highways and has held a number of senior consultancy roles. Peter works on behalf of some of the UK’s largest developers, retailers and property funds and specialises in unlocking strategic sites, providing transport planning solutions and Travel Plans, taking schemes from initial site concept and appraisal stages through to master planning and feasibility studies, planning applications, discharge of planning conditions/section 106 obligations, to the presentation of expert evidence to Public Enquiries.

Nathan Hanks has been with TPA since 2005 and is based in our London Business Unit, with offices in London and Welwyn Garden City. He has extensive experience working on residential, industrial and mixed use schemes across the UK and has worked on more than 500 schemes for retail clients to date.

We are also delighted to announce that Anthony Jones has been promoted from Principal Transport Planner to Associate. Anthony has been with us since 2006 and has over 10 years’ experience providing highway and transportation advice relating to the development planning process, transport implications of development proposals and highway infrastructure schemes, including housing, retail, education, leisure, health and sport developments.

Each of these appointments will further strengthen our management structure and we wish Peter, Nathan and Anthony every success in their new positions.