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Transport plays a central role in the built environment: shaping patterns of land use and movement, unlocking sites for development, and influencing economic productivity, public health, social inclusion and the transition to zero carbon.
However, the integration of transport and land use planning can be challenging in practice. Planning policy and guidance is largely focused on mitigating the impact of new development on transport networks, with modelling and appraisal processes which are limited in scope. Similarly, decision-making around transport infrastructure can fail to account for wider impacts on people and place.
This can lead to a mentality of ‘predict and provide’, where transport is considered on the basis of past trends. This fails to capture the complex and dynamic relationship between transport and land use, and prevents a planned response to disruptive trends such as technological innovation, environmental risks and changing consumer preferences.
New advice from the CIHT, RTPI and TPS describes how transport planners, land use planners and other stakeholders can work collaboratively to create and implement long-term transformative visions at different scales - from networks of towns and rural communities to larger city-regions.
Visioning involves the creation of strategic economic, social and environmental objectives for a given place, with different land use and infrastructure options tested against their ability to deliver. Technical strategies for implementation can then be developed and tested using scenario modelling tools and community engagement. Once a preferred approach has been decided, it requires robust, sustainable and cost-effective delivery plan - one which can be adapted to unexpected changes, and resilient enough to maintain continuity.
Through presentations and workshops, this conference will provide practical lessons for professionals seeking to develop and implement visions for sustainable mobility and land use within the current legal and regulatory frameworks, and debate about what needs to change.