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Parlington New Settlement, Leeds

Project Overview

Vectos is assisting M&G Real Estate with preparing a sustainable masterplan for a proposed new settlement to the east of Leeds comprising homes, employment, education, healthcare, retail and state of the art mobility and local living initiatives.

Our Approach

Internalisation of trips within the site is key to our mobility strategy as day-to-day facilities will be included in the new development. This not just reduces pressure on the highway network, but also provides for economic and social growth within the local rural area. The project will provide mobility benefits for the entire rural area, by providing facilities that currently don’t exist.

The approach to sustainable mobility is to adopt a general hierarchy for travel choice in this order: local living, virtual mobility, active travel, shared travel and finally single occupancy vehicles. This will provide health and social inclusion benefits. In order to promote this hierarchy, the development intends on providing:

  • Active travel super corridors between the site, local villages, employment at Thorpe Park and other facilities and railway stations at Garforth. These will be high quality, direct and attractive travel routes for walking and cycling, capable of being used by electric bikes, and has the potential of being used in due course by the next generation of autonomous multi-use environment shuttle (such as the Easymile driverless shuttle).
  • A Community Concierge, situated in a shop front location at the heart of the development, that will provide personal mobility services to residents, businesses and schools within the local area, and not restricted to just the development itself. These services will include bespoke travel advice; bike repair; administration of car sharing schemes; organised walks and rides; travel planning for schools, including walking buses, cycle trains and scoot to school; liaison with transport operators; bike or electric bike hire; and a drop off point for internet deliveries.
  • A Micro-consolidation Centre which in its simplest form is taking receipt of home deliveries and arranging for their onward delivery by simple and sustainable means. This provides significant efficiency relating to the last mile of travel.
  • Access to high-speed broadband both at home and in communal work hubs. This will encourage more community-based working and less demand and reliance on the wider transport network.
  • A communal work hub that provides work space, meeting areas and support facilities to enable home or community working, reducing commuter travel and fostering a local business community atmosphere.
  • Investigation into the implementation of the next generation autonomous driverless shuttle or ESPRIT electric pod, capable of using the active travel corridors to link to Garforth and Thorpe Park.
  • Public transport and active travel priority.
  • Active management and monitoring of transport systems and behaviour.