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Oxford – a New Office for Transport Planning Associates

We are pleased to announce that we have opened a new Thames Valley office in Oxford.  The office will be led by Damian Ford, who has over 17 years of transport planning consultancy experience and who has worked extensively throughout the Thames Valley region.  Damian will be supported by a team of transport planners, traffic engineers and infrastructure designers who will provide the full range of consultancy services to the local development community.

Rupert Lyons, Chief Executive, said: “We have identified the Thames Valley region as an area of increasing development activity that aligns nicely with the short-term growth objectives of our business.  While we continue to work in the region for clients of our existing offices, opening in Oxford will bring us greater opportunities to forge new client relationships and help us to deliver those objectives.”

Damian said: “With proposals to build over 100,000 new homes in Oxfordshire alone by 2031 and Crossrail bringing further economic stimulus to the area, there is likely to be increased demand for the entire portfolio of TPA’s services.”

TPA has been active in the area for a number of years and we are currently working on a number of retail, education and residential schemes in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

For more information on our new offer in the Thames Valley, please contact:

Damian Ford, Associate Director

Clarendon House

52 Cornmarket

Oxford

OX1 3HJ

damian.ford@tpa.uk.com  or oxford@tpa.uk.com

Tel: 01865 304087

Supporting CIHT Membership

TPA is keen to help people not only take their own professional development seriously but also that of others both within the business, and in the wider profession. We are proud to be Corporate Partners of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and people from across the company support the CIHT’s work. This month’s Transportation Professional magazine showcases how some of our team members are supporting the CIHT and with it, their own careers.

 

TPA in the News

We recently invited local stakeholders to a meeting to discuss the results of the junction trial at Broadwater Road in Welwyn Garden City. This letter to the Welwyn Hatfield Times is a great example of why meaningful consultation is beneficial not just to our clients, but crucially to the local people who would be affected by the work we deliver.

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 enquiries@tpa.uk.com and one or our directors will call you to discuss your needs.

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.

Transport Planning Associates turns 17!

Thursday 27th November is Transport Planning Associates’ 17th Birthday. Thanks to everyone who has joined us for the journey so far. Here’s to another successful 17 years.

Approval for Harris Primary Academy, Shortlands

Bromley Council approved plans for a new two form primary academy on a brownfield site in the Shortlands area at planning committee this week. Transport Planning Associates’ London team have been working on behalf of the Harris Federation and the Education Funding Agency, as part of a multidisciplinary team comprising Lambert Smith Hampton (Planning), GSS Architecture, Farrans (Contractor), Weber Shandwick (Communications) and Mace (Project Management), to achieve planning consent for this much needed school in South London.

Highways and transport were considered key constraints, and we have been working in close consultation with the highway authority and the local residents’ association to resolve staff parking and pick-up/ drop-off arrangements in the surrounding residential streets in particular. The team delivered a Transport Assessment and Framework Travel Plan in support of the development to mitigate the impact from traffic movements and car parking demand in an area of existing parking stress from commuter parking associated with the nearby Shortlands station.

Fiona Kelly, Executive Principal, Harris Federation said: “We are absolutely delighted that Bromley councillors have voted to approve our new primary academy in Shortlands. We are especially pleased that this result gives our existing parents and their children peace of mind and stability at such an important time in their lives. We look forward to working closely with the community to make this school a success, providing a high quality education for local school children for years to come.”

Transport Planning Associates is also supporting the Harris Federation in delivering a five form primary academy in Chafford Hundred, Essex, and a two form primary school in East Dulwich, South London.

Image © GSS Architects

Success in Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council has recently granted planning permission for the development of land adjacent to Fratton Way for a 60,000sq.ft retail store, petrol filling station and associated car parking provision. In addition, new dedicated car parking provision is provided for Portsmouth Football Club along with new media facilities, food court and VIP visitors’ area.

Our team in Cambridge worked closely with the Point Estates LLP project team including Barton Willmore who provided town planning services, Chetwoods Architects, Dentons Solicitors and Stace Project Managers to achieve this successful resolution.

Highways and transport issues were a major concern raised in consultation and with the highway authority. Through our work we liaised extensively with the City Council highway officers, and our traffic analysis examined in detail the effect a new retail store would have on the distribution of traffic in the local area. We also specifically assessed the impact of the development on highway capacity at local pedestrian crossings to demonstrate that on match days the football club supporter movements would not adversely affect highway operation.

Improvements to cycling infrastructure were also provided as we liaised with the local cycle forum to realign a local footpath / cycle track that crossed the site and developed measures to enhance access to local bus services. In addition, sustainable transport measures such as the provision of real-time passenger information, low floor bus access platforms, and new and improved pedestrian and cycle facilities were proposed as part of the development.