Local Plans & Infrastructure

Creating liveable neighbourhoods, where sustainable mobility is a natural choice for people seeking to access key services, begins with evidence-based land use planning. ITP’s team works extensively with planners, urban designers, and property specialists to create holistic transport strategies that contribute to desirable places, support spatial planning goals, and unlock economic growth.

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By designing-in sustainable transport connections we seek to maximise scope for active travel, while minimising detrimental environmental and social impacts typically associated with people’s need for mobility. In this context strategic land-use development, especially when co-aligned across multiple sites, can create opportunities for game-changing sustainable transport investment.

ITP’s knowledge in this field is wide-ranging. It covers evidence-based preparation of Local Plan transport strategies and assessment of spatial development transport impacts at each stage of the Local Plan process, in line with DCLG guidelines. We also advise property developers on commercial, residential, and regeneration projects.

Capabilities

  • Site search and spatial options reviews
  • Analysis of transport impacts and socio-demographics
  • Transport option appraisal
  • Development of Local Plan transport evidence base
  • Expert witness services
  • Transport Assessments and Travel Plans
  • Consultation and stakeholder engagement

Black Country Joint Core Strategy

The Black Country Core Strategy was the spatial planning document developed in partnership by the sub-region’s four local authorities (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton). It was the largest development plan of its kind in the UK, affecting over 1.2 million people; setting out the vision, objectives, and strategy for future development across the Black Country to 2026.

ITP’s role was to provide technical expertise on transport grounds; presenting the case for extensive investment in the transport network to support regional economic regeneration, and local growth, at an Examination in Public.  Our assured and professional approach helped ensure the adoption of a sound Plan in 2011, resulting in the Black Country Joint Core Strategy Team, including ITP, being awarded the ‘2011 Team of the Year’ accolade by the West Midlands Royal Town Planning Institute.

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Oxfordshire Transport Infrastructure Framework & Spatial Options

ITP assisted Oxfordshire County Council and the five District Council Planning Authorities in the County (including Oxford City Council) with development of a Transport Infrastructure Framework to support forecast housing and employment growth, including a portion of unmet housing need identified by Oxford City.  ITP's strategic advice has helped the County Council to prioritise transport improvements and inform collaborative decision-making with the District Council planning authorities on optimal combinations of spatial options that can be supported through Local Plan processes. 

The output of this work was a Transport Infrastructure Framework, developed by ITP, which helped the planning authorities to arrive at an equitable apportionment of settlements to accommodate Oxford City's unmet housing need, and provides a robust evidence base from which detailed transport infrastructure investment proposals can be developed to underpin future Local Plan soundness tests.  

Wolverhampton City Centre Area Action Plan

ITP compiled the evidence base to underpin the transport strategy associated with three discrete Area Action Plans in Wolverhampton: the City Centre, Bilston Road corridor and Stafford Road corridor. The work involved the collation and analysis of diverse and extensive transport and socio-demographic data sets to illustrate the key transport challenges across the AAP areas and making recommendations regarding how these challenges are best resolved. 

The evidence base output was intentionally designed as a quick reference document that can be drawn upon by officers from Wolverhampton City Council through the course of developing the individual AAP transport strategies, as well as any future Examination in Public.

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