The ‘ActDev’ project supports evidence-based site location and transport infrastructure prioritisation around new developments, and new housing developments in particular.
About this workshop
This short workshop will give participants a first insight into a web-based tool that brings together three strands: planning data, accessibility data, and demographic data in a easy to use format for local authorities.
In this context, this workshop will provide a space to discuss the relationship between active travel and the planning system. The focus of the workshop will be a new prototype tool from the ActDev project, led by the University of Leeds in collaboration with CycleStreets Ltd, UK PlanIt, and the transport planning visualisation tool A/B Street.
The workshop will give participants a first insight into the tool with, for the first time, three key strands of evidence. When combined, these can provide a strong foundation enabling evidence-based decision-making so that the planning system can help, rather than hinder, active travel and sustainable lifestyles:
Planning data: The PlanIt API provides access to planning application data from Local Authorities across the UK.
Accessibility data: Government Journey Time Statistics and datasets generated by the project show journey times and walkability/cyclability to key trip attractors. These will provide information on the suitability of locations, and help to identify where improvements may be necessary to enable safe walking and cycling associated with new developments.
Demographic and location data: existing travel patterns in nearby areas provide an indication of the likely travel behaviours of new residents on the site. These are incorporated into the ActDev tool as the basis of scenarios of change to show what could be possible in particular sites and where reconsideration of development location or design may be needed to avoid car dependency.
The prototype web tool which we are developing can be used to visualise these key datasets and focus in on the area surrounding a potential development site.
Chair: Stephen Joseph, Transport for New Homes & Foundation for Integrated Transport
14:00 – 14.10: Chair’s overview: context and why the tool is needed
14.10 -14.15: Intrductions / context from Robin Lovelace, Associate Professor of Transport Data Science, University of Leeds
The ActDev Project: why it’s needed and what participants can expect from the workshop
What the ActDev team needs in terms of feedback during the event
14.15: Perspectives - National, local authority, advocacy
Lynda Addison, Lead on planning and transport integration, Transport Planning Society
Julian Sanchez, Active Travel, Programme Manager, Essex County Council
Megan Streb, Partnership Manager, Sustrans
• New NPPF insights: Planning for the Future
• Active Travel England brief / National Model Design Code: active travel role
• Transport decarbonisation: active travel role
• A supportive and practical policy context?
• How could Gov / local authorities / advocates / users support this new tool / service?
14.30 - 15.00 Q and A with invited panel members joining the speakers, and input from delegates
Graham Smith, Urban Design Group
Robin Lovelace, Associate Professor of Transport Data Science, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Lucy Taussig, Consultant, Active Travel
15:00 – 16.00 About the ActDev project
The ActDev Tool: Robin Lovelace, Associate Professor of Transport Data Science, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds & Joey Talbot, Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (15 min)
Martin Lucas Smith, CycleStreets (10 min)
Simulating active travel: Dustin Carlino, Project Lead, A/B Street (10 mins)
20 minutes Q & A on the ActDev tool
15.55: 5 min comfort break
16:00 – 16.30 Breakout sessions (5 x 30 mins)
1. Locating development sites: moderator Lynda Addison
2. Policy: moderator Roger Geffen
3. Good design of development sites: moderator Joey Talbot
4. Planning/routing data: moderator Martin Lucas Smith
5. Technology: moderator Dustin Carlito
16.30 – 16.45: Moderators of each breakout room to feedback – 3 mins x 5
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