Better Planning, Better Transport, Better Places

Author CIHT

The way we travel presents a problem, as it is detrimental to the environment, our health and wellbeing, and consequently the economy. This resource aims to present some solutions and practical steps so that transport systems can be rethought with a sustainable approach. The advice presented here can be of help to planning professionals, developers, advisers, and local communities.

Date added 2 December 2021
Last updated 3 December 2021

Our quality of life depends on the quality of the transport system, on how accessible it is for all groups in society; on whether it connects us with employment, leisure, and other opportunities and services; and on how much it contributes to polluting the air we breathe. However, according to this resource, the current planning practice is not delivering the best outcomes when it comes to a transport system that can enhance liveability; and this is often due to three major reasons:

  1. There aren’t a broad range of examples to guide practice, and therefore new initiatives appear as being risky. 
  2. Collaboration between planning and transport professionals is often ineffective or non-existent. 
  3. Local authorities do not include this in the vision so there isn’t a target for developers, for example, to work towards.

This resource provides advice for how to: create a clear vision (for example, through partnerships including multiple stakeholders); deliver the plan (for example, establishing clear ongoing collaborative mechanisms for management and monitoring); and manage new development (for example, making sure that development proposals align with the Local Plan’s place-based vision).

The ultimate aim of this resource is to provide advice so that transport systems can contribute to environmental, social, and economic sustainability.