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Churchlands Housing Development

Project Overview

Two separate planning applications, one for 1,200 dwellings, and one for 1,000 dwellings, a primary school and a local centre. The application for 1,200 dwellings went to an appeal, with the Inspector permitting the appeal due, in no small part, to the sustainable travel strategy developed by Vectos

Our Approach

Vectos worked closely with all key stakeholders, including Cardiff Council (CC), Cardiff Bus, and Sustrans to develop a coherent, sustainable and economically viable transport strategy. The objective was to achieve a step-change in travel behaviour and a 50/50 sustainable travel mode split, in line with CC’s Deposit LDP (which has now been adopted). Vectos’ work involved a city-wide study of travel patterns, reviewing travel mode, origin / destination information, transport availability and accessibility. Weaknesses in the existing transport network were identified and appropriate mitigation proposed for the benefit of existing and future residents, ensuring accessibility for all and the integration of all travel modes in a sustainable manner.

The focus was on providing exemplar walking, cycling and public transport connections, although the effect of the development proposals on the highway network was also reviewed. Individual junction modelling work and sophisticated microsimulation work was undertaken to allow informed judgments to be made regarding the acceptability of the development proposals. Detailed discussions and negotiations were held to determine the most appropriate and beneficial way to attribute S106 contributions, striking the correct balance to achieve a mode shift towards walking, cycling and public transport, and avoid the promotion of any one single mode at the expense of all others.