31st October 2017
One of the most common questions Transport Planners come across is ‘What does a Transport Planner do?’ The simplest answer is that we deal with the various highways elements within the development planning process, for example designing access arrangements, undertaking traffic impact assessments, coordinating travel plans and providing advice on site layouts and parking. One of the best ways to look at what my role involves in more detail would be to consider a typical ‘day in the life’.
This day in particular started with a new retirement project coming in to the team and so we put a project team together to discuss the scope as well as ensuring everyone is aware of budget and timescales. Once the team members were briefed reviewing the site layout was first on the agenda, ensuring that the geometries of the access road were to standard, the appropriate vehicles could manoeuvre through the site and that the level and arrangement of parking accords with local requirements.
Later in the morning I had a pre-application meeting at Hampshire County Council for a large residential scheme. This meeting was crucial to determining the scope of our Transport Assessment (to support the planning application) and as part of this, the level of trip generation and the distribution of trips onto the local roads needed to be agreed. Once these were agreed the junctions that would need to be modelled, and the parameters for these models, were confirmed and we could begin our detailed assessment work to demonstrate the impact that the development would have on the local network and, if necessary, design any improvements that would be needed.
On returning to the office there was a potential new residential infill site to consider. Our client wanted an initial view on whether the site was viable in terms of access and getting involved on sites at an early stage allows us to identify and address any highways constraints as soon as possible. For this particular site we were able to identify a suitable access point onto a busy highway which had good visibility and would be able to facilitate the development.
My day ended with reviewing a Travel Plan for a residential site in Southampton before this was submitted to the client, responding to a Section 106 obligation. Our Travel Plan set out cost-effective measures to encourage sustainable travel, mindful of SCC requirements whilst also ensuring the commitments within the document were not unnecessarily onerous on the site.
For more information contact Jon Huggett at Paul Basham Associates Tel 01489 668134. www.paulbashamassociates.com
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