Monthly Archives: May 2016

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    TPA help to secure Planning Permission for new Anna Freud Centre and Family School site

TPA help to secure Planning Permission for new Anna Freud Centre and Family School site

Islington Council have unanimously approved a planning application for a new purpose built facility which will be used by both the Anna Freud Centre and The Family School. TPA’s London office has worked with a great team led by GVA, Penoyre & Prasad Architects and Turley’s to secure the planning permission which will provide 2,601 sqm of office floorspace and 1,208 sqm of education floorspace.

Founded in 1951, the Anna Freud Centre is a leading child mental health charity. The institution is currently located across two offices and the new faciltiies will enable them to create a centre of excellence for mental health by the co-location of all of the Anna Freud Centre’s activities together. The Family School, which is associated to the Anna Freud Centre, currently provides 18 pupil places and through the relocation to new facilities will provide for up to 48 pupils.

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    TPA to prepare and present a course created by I-Select Consultancy on Transport Assessments

TPA to prepare and present a course created by I-Select Consultancy on Transport Assessments

Planning applications worth billions of pounds are submitted every year in the UK by both private business and the public sector. Each application when considered by planning officers and committees needs to take into account the potential implications on Transport.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was introduced in 2012, in an attempt to simplify the planning system and to bring the power as well as decision making back down to a local level. As a result of this the previous guidance on best practice with regard to undertaking Transport Assessments has been revoked with very little if anything replacing it.

Guidance on the preparation of supporting documentation in highway assessment terms can be found in the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) suite of documents. These guidance documents set out the methodology that should be used when undertaking a Transport Assessment and state the importance of entering into early discussions with the Local Planning Authority and other relevant authorities/consultees.

The PPG guidance is very general and does not provide as much guidance as before. As a result I-Select Consultancy has created a one-day course to help organisations develop a better understanding of the process and details required for a successful Transport Assessment. The course has been prepared by Transport Planning Associates (TPA) and will be presented by Daniel Ekstrand (click here for bio) in four sessions, covering Policy and Guidance, Baseline & Impact Assessment, Mitigation and Sustainable Travel and Case Studies & Monitoring.

The course called “Rules for Undertaking Successful Transport Assessments for Developments” has been designed to enhance attendees understanding of the language of the planning process, the principle of TA’s, the role of modelling and enable them to recognise what is a good rather than a bad Transport […]

TPA reach new heights for charity and walk the extra mile

Over the course of Saturday 14 May a team made up by staff from TPA’s London, Oxford and Welwyn Garden City offices completed the Big Black Mountain Challenge charity walk in surprisingly sunny weather, helping to help raise over £700 to be donated to the Longtown Mountain Rescue and for our Charity Partner’s London’s Air Ambulance and Herts Young Homeless.

 

 

 

 

 

While there were more blisters and aching legs than originally planned / hoped for, the team managed to complete the 32kms with smiles (or maybe more grimaces) in a respectful eight hours.

Congratulations to the team and everyone else who took part in the Challenge.

 

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    TPA participating in the Big Black Mountain Challenge for charity

TPA participating in the Big Black Mountain Challenge for charity

A team made up of staff from TPA’s London, Oxford and Welwyn Garden City offices are participating in the Longtown Mountain Rescue’s Big Black Mountain Challenge on Saturday 14 May 2016 to help raise money for Mountain Rescue and for our Charity Partners London’s Air Ambulance and Herts Young Homeless.

 

With luck the team hope to make it round the ‘middle distance’ route of 32km’s which will see them walk over the high points of Lord Hereford’s Knob and Hay Bluff, which are both nearly 700m in height. If you would like to sponsor the team then please email london@tpa.uk.com or oxford@tpa.uk.com for further details.

TPA shortlisted for CIHT Streets and Places award

CIHT received a record 194 submissions this year for all the award categories so we are pleased to confirm that our project “Regent Circus, Swindon” has been shortlisted for the CIHT “Streets and Places Award”.  The scheme was developed from 2010 and opened just over 12 months ago. The awards dinner will be held at the Tower of London on Thursday 9 June 2016.

The design vision was to reinforce the public realm associated with Ashfield Land’s £45 million leisure and retail development as a unified quality space for people and with a clear pedestrian link to the town centre. The adjacent gyratory system had historically been over engineered and with traffic flows of 800 vph provided a barrier for pedestrian access to the site. A fundamental component of the scheme was the removal of all traffic signal control and associated clutter of signage and street furniture. The design was developed following an early Quality Audit to consider the needs of all users. The critical design objective was low vehicle speeds, which was successfully achieved through several detailed design features. These include 10m long raised informal block paved pedestrian crossings, which provide a visual continuity for pedestrians from the adjacent public realm while providing a discontinuity for the narrowed 3.5m wide carriageway for approaching drivers. Additionally 25m long transition sections have been implemented from entry gateways with sett ramps to regulate 85 percentile speeds to 17 mph at the crossing points.

A conflict study has been undertaken by the Stage 3 Road Safety Audit Team. During the 2 hours of the evening peak no conflicts between moving vehicles and pedestrians were observed. They also recorded 83% of Eastbound drivers stopped when a pedestrian approached the crossing area to allow the […]