About TPA

Daniel started his career in Transport Planning in 2002 and joined Transport Planning Associates in September 2014 as an Associate Director, having previously worked for PBA for twelve years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Faculty of Engineering LTH at Lund University in Sweden and has obtained the Transport Planning Professional qualification. He is also a member of both the TPS and CIHT professional institutions.

James Darrall joins the board of directors at TPA

We are delighted to announce that James has accepted the Company’s offer of a directorship of Transport Planning Associates Limited, and that he joined the board of directors on 1 April 2020.  James has over 18 years’ experience in development transport planning for a range of land use types including retail, residential, employment and mixed use sites.
Since taking responsibility for the leadership of our Bristol office in July 2018, he has ensured that our reputation remains strong in the local and wider market, whilst also having strengthened our relationships with client organisations and fellow professionals alike.  Clearly, we are all living and working in unfamiliar circumstances and with increased uncertainty, but we are determined to ensure that we endure with sufficient capacity and capability to take advantage of the opportunities that will, inevitably, present themselves when the recovery begins.  We are convinced that James will continue to steer the Bristol office well through the weeks and months ahead, and that when those opportunities do present themselves to us, he will undoubtedly lead our Bristol office to new heights.

By |April 6th, 2020|Company news|0 Comments|

Reflecting on a great year for our Cambridge team

We wish all our clients and those we work with a very Happy New Year. As we look forward to the year ahead, 2019 was a great year for us in Cambridge.

We have many exciting projects ahead, but last year we helped our clients submit planning applications and gain planning permission for many different projects, including:

an appeal for the amalgamation of St Andrews and Rushmoor Schools in Bedford, following microsimulation analysis;
a housing development of 295 homes in Cambridge;
an extension to an existing office car park in Kings Langley;
a change of use to offices with additional residential apartments;
conversion of former public house to children’s day nursery;
a development of up to 80 homes near Bedford;
a development of 416 homes in Biggleswade;
new student accommodation and lecture facilities for Emmanuel College, Cambridge;
change of use application approved for Chesterton Mill;
change of use of existing bulky goods retail unit to open A1;
change of use of existing buildings from B1/B2/B8 to include A1 retail floor space;
proposed Motel with linked meeting suite, gym and supporting car parking;
change of use of existing garden centre to B1/B8 uses;
expansion of existing vehicle (car) processing and storage premises;
residential development of 115 homes in Barnet;
conversion of former Labour Club to 39 serviced apartments, including café, gym and community space in Cambridge;
development of 13,243 sq.m of B1(c), B2 and B8 uses;
Technical Approval for S278 works for a new access for development in Gosmore, Hitchin;
approval for access works and roads for a residential development in Hemel Hempstead;
Technical Approval for works associated with access to a new Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Telford;
Technical Approval for highway works for a residential […]

By |January 7th, 2020|Company news|0 Comments|

Another great year for TPA’s London office

It has been another great year for Transport Planning Associates London office, which included a move to new premises providing space for future growth of our team. Several exciting projects are in the pipeline for the New Year, having this year assisted our clients in obtaining planning permissions for a number of sites, including:

a residential led scheme in Attleborough for 4,000 new homes;
a PD application in Hastings for 246 homes;
an expansion of a school in Old Windsor;
three housing schemes in the London Borough of Brent;
a new ride for a theme park in Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames;
a hybrid application for a theme park in Windsor;
a drive thru restaurant in South Woodham Ferrers;
a change of use scheme for an industrial estate in London Borough of Brent;
a mixed faith cemetery in London Borough of Barnet;
a residential development in St Albans;
a refurbishment of a petrol filling station, Carandon;
a children’s nursery in Hertfordshire;
30 traffic safety improvement projects for petrol filling station sites;
several highway design schemes approved in Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norwich, West Sussex, Norfolk, Wiltshire, Westminster, Islington;
NEC3 site supervisor role for regeneration work at the former Olympic Park in London;
a student accommodation scheme approved in Wolverhampton;
23 planning approvals for one client;
300 dwelling residential scheme approved in Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames;
a mixed use scheme including 128 new homes in London Borough of Haringey.

We have also had successes at planning appeal this year, including:

a planning enforcement case in Islington (Public Inquiry);
a retail scheme in LB Bromley (Hearing);
a fitness gym in Bedford (Written Representation);
a residential scheme in Uttelsford district (Public Inquiry);
a residential scheme in […]

By |December 19th, 2019|Company news|0 Comments|

TPA is supporting the charity Crisis this Christmas

This Christmas Transport Planning Associates is supporting the charity Crisis, who deliver life-changing support services for thousands of homeless people across England, Scotland and Wales.

Instead of sending Christmas cards, we are making a donation to reserve 100 places at Crisis Christmas Centres during December – to help provide food, safety, companionship and essential support services for homeless people over the festive period.

By |December 2nd, 2019|Charity, Company news|0 Comments|

TPA Halloween Event 2019

Clients and co-professionals joined the TPA London office on the 24 October at Simon Drake’s House of Magic for a Halloween Evening of Mystery & Illusion. This was the third Event of its kind in what has become a biennial tradition.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who made it and helped us making it such a huge success. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Our chosen charity London’ Air Ambulance joined us for the evening and we would like to say thank you to Advanced Transport Research Ltd, PCC Traffic Information Consultancy, Alpha Consultants and 360 Traffic Surveys Ltd for their supporting donations.

Finally, a special thank you to Simon Drake and his amazing colleagues at the House of Magic. The food, service and show(s) were incredibly well received.

Till next time, all the best from everyone at TPA.


By |October 28th, 2019|Charity, Company news|0 Comments|

Planning approval for Blackrock UK Property Fund

We are pleased to see that our client Blackrock UK Property Fund has received planning consent for a change of use for its existing industrial units at Park Royal in west London.

The site had been developed in the late 1970’s as 16 individual industrial units with ancillary office space.  Over time, 14 of the 16 units were combined to form a single factory unit that operated as a bakery, providing a range of viennoiserie, American-style muffins and specialty breads that were supplied to a large number of supermarket chains and other retailers across the UK.

For the change of use application, TPA provided a Transport Statement that focused on anticipated parking demand in relation to the requirements of the London Plan and LB Brent parking standards.

The site received planning consent in October 2019 for a change of use to a flexible combination of B1c (Light Industrial), B2 (General Industrial), or B8 (warehousing/distribution) with ancillary office space.   The refurbished development will include electric vehicle charging points and cycle parking facilities.

By |October 16th, 2019|Company news, Planning|0 Comments|

TPA London are on the move!

To allow for the continued success and growth of TPA’s London office, the team has moved to new offices.

Our new office is located at:
90 High Holborn
Tel. 020 7119 1155
Please feel free to drop in for a catch up when you are in the area.
Our new office is located near Holborn tube as can be seen from the location plan below.


By |October 8th, 2019|Company news|0 Comments|

TPA Oxford are on the move!

To allow for the continued success and growth of TPA’s Oxford office, the team are moving to new offices on the 3rd June 2019 to:

Sandford Gate
Eastpoint Business Park

Tel. 01865 910221

Please feel free to drop in for a catch up when you are in the area.


By |May 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Government publishes revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – a Transport Planner’s perspective

Government publishes revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – a Transport Planner’s perspective

The Government published its revision of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) yesterday (24 July 2018). During the consultation the government held 10 regional engagement events and approximately 40 individual meetings. The revision consolidates a series of proposals, which have been included in previous consultation documents, including the Housing White Paper and the Planning for the right homes in the right places consultation.

The press release, states that the new rule book will focus on:

promoting high quality design of new homes and places
stronger protection for the environment
building the right number of homes in the right places
greater responsibility and accountability for housing delivery from councils and developers

From November 2018 councils will have a Housing Delivery Test focused on driving up the numbers of homes actually delivered in their area, rather than how many are planned for.

Most of the changes proposed in the revised NPPF were expected and as such this post merely provides a summary of the points relating to transport.

The revised NPPF is approximately equal in volume to the previous document but most helpful is the new structure, which has been divided up into 17 topic sections. Chapter 9 is a direct replacement of the previous Chapter 4 under the same heading “Promoting sustainable transport”.

Within chapter 9 the following text reflects the previous announcements or consultation proposals:

Paragraph 103b reflects the housing White Paper proposal that authorities should be expected to identify additional development opportunities arising from strategic infrastructure investment.

Paragraph 106 incorporates the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2015 on parking standards.

We note that Paragraph 105 now explicitly call for the provision of electric and other ultra-low emission vehicles, rather than as before expressing the need for reducing the use of […]

TPA Support Wallingford Festival of Cycling

TPAs Oxford office is proud to be supporting this year’s Wallingford Festival of Cycling, a not for profit event organised by the community for the community which seeks to inspire as many as possible, young and old, to get on their bikes. TPA are providing support and advice with regards to the traffic management of the event, which is now in its fourth year, and a number of staff will also be volunteering on the day.


The Festival will take place over the weekend of 6th – 8th July and has a range of cycle related activities ranging from a ‘Pump Track’ to Mountain Bike Trails, and from a Family Fancy Dress ride to a Penny Farthings and Heritage ride. The Festivals finale will be British Cycling affiliated road races which will take place around the Town Centre, with top cyclists from across the country competing. The weekend will close on the Sunday evening with a Soap Box Challenge, which will take place on the towns medieval bridge over the River Thames.

To find our more, or even to register to take part in some of the events / races or to volunteer to help out over the weekend, please go to

Good luck to all those taking part in the various competitions and races.