Changed priorities ahead - transitory transport

Jon Harris, technical director of smarter choices, Mouchel, suggested that transport issues should be subservient to lifestyle choices and should be considered early in the planning process and part of the planning application.

He pointed out that transport choices are decided by occupiers early on when choosing a home – and the smarter transport links have to be put in place very early in a development to ensure maximum usage. He highlighted examples where councils had been persuaded to reduce their car parking requirements on the basis of the provision of smarter transport choices with a plan for walking and cycling routes into the town centre.