A Transport Statement is a 'lighter touch' evaluation of a developments traffic impact on to the Transport Network. They are used for smaller scale developments with anticipated limited transport impacts. Although there are no current guidelines on when to produce a Transport Statement, liaison with the Local Authority at an early stage can identify if one is required and to what scale, scope and level of detail is necessary.
Similar to a Transport Assessment a Transport Statement should set out the transport issues relating to a proposed development site (existing conditions) and details of the development proposals (proposed development).
The developer should provide a full description of:
- Existing site information – describing the current physical infrastructure and characteristics of the site and its surroundings; and
- Baseline transport data – background transport data and current transport infrastructure details.
This information should be accurately established to understand the context of the development proposal. The description should include as a minimum:
Existing site information:
- A site location plan that shows the proposed development site in relation to the surrounding area and transport system;
- The permitted and existing use of the site;
- The existing land uses in the vicinity of the site, including development plan allocations, or potential future use in the case of undeveloped sites;
- Existing site access arrangements including access constraints, where appropriate;
- Whether the location of the site is within or near a designated Air Quality Management Area (AQMA); and
- Any abnormal load uses of the current site.
Baseline transport data:
- A qualitative description of the travel characteristics of the existing site, including pedestrian and cyclist movements and facilities, where applicable;
- Existing public transport provision, including provision/frequency of services, location of bus stops/train stations, park-and-ride facilities;
- A description and functional classification of the highway network in the vicinity of the site; and
- An analysis of the recorded personal injury accident records on the public highway in the vicinity of the site access.
The developer should provide a full description within the Transport Statement including, as a minimum:
- Plans and drawings showing the proposed site layout, particularly the proposed pedestrian and vehicular access points into the site;
- The proposed land use;
- The scale of development, such as numbers of residential units and/or gross floor area (GFA), subdivided by land use where appropriate;
- The main features (design layout and access points) of the development;
- The person-trip generation of the proposed development and distribution of trips across mode;
- A qualitative and quantitative description (based on recent site observations) of the travel characteristics of the proposed development, including pedestrian and cyclist facilities/movements, in the vicinity of the site;
- Proposed improvements to site accessibility via sustainable modes of travel, such as provision/enhancement of footpath and cycle path linkages, public transport improvements, and servicing arrangements where appropriate;
- A proposed parking strategy and internal vehicular circulation (including number of spaces, parking accumulation, parking layout in relation to other site elements, ratio of operational to non-operational spaces, method of car park operation, overspill parking considerations, disabled parking, motorcycle parking, cycle parking, taxi drop-off points);
- Residual vehicular trip impact;
- The transport impacts of site construction, including the requirements of abnormal loads in the construction, use and decommissioning the present development;
- The transport impacts of freight or service operations; and
- If the site of the proposed development has a current use or an extant planning permission with trip patterns/volumes, the net level of change that might arise out of the new proposals should be set out
The above requirements are not exhaustive and there may be a need for supplementary information that takes account of local conditions as well as other material considerations.
However, not all proposed developments that are considered to require a Transport Statement would necessarily need all of the above matters to be considered. Therefore, it is important that the scope of the Transport Statement is agreed at the pre-application discussion stage between the developer or their consultants and appropriate authorities.
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