Travel Plan

Travel Plan


A sustainable transportation strategy is commonly referred to as a “Travel Plan.” Any sort of location, land use, or business, such as a residential development, office, school, or supermarket, can benefit from a Travel Plan. It’s a set of policies aiming at making it easier and more appealing for people to use sustainable means of transportation.


A Travel Plan is considered in line with development proposals to encourage the use of sustainable transport to reduce congestion, improve air quality and accessibility. They ‘are long-term management strategies for integrating proposals for sustainable travel into the planning process.’ Travel Plans deliver a wide range of benefits for developers, local authorities and the wider community and under the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, it is now a requirement in the UK for ‘all developments which generate significant amounts of movement’ to have a Travel Plan.

Benefits of a Travel Plan includes:


  • Less congestion and therefore improved safety on local roads by promoting alternatives to the car
  • Reduced highway capacity problems by promoting sustainable travel choices
  • Local environmental improvements from reduced congestion, carbon emissions, pollution, and noise
  • Reducing development costs and making the site more accessible and attractive to potential occupiers/users
  • Increased opportunities for active healthy travel, such as walking and cycling
  • Reduced demand for parking spaces enabling land to be put to more cost-effective or commercially beneficial use and freeing space for active travel initiatives
  • Improved travel choice, quality and affordable access to services for all users

Our Approach To  A Travel Plan:


Our team of experts collaborate with developers and local governments to uncover innovative and environmentally friendly travel plans. We develop personalised travel plans for new and existing developments by creating specific measures to facilitate modal transfers to improve accessibility while cutting congestion to transport networks.

When preparing travel plans, we work closely with both the local authority planning officers and the client to consider the overarching purpose of the particular travel plan. While the travel plan is developed as a standalone document, it aims to address any issues identified within the associated transport assessment through the promotion of sustainable transport.

Travel Plans can also be utilized efficiently at existing locations where parking is a problem. Implementing a thorough and targeted Travel Plan may assist to minimize parking demands, which has clear benefits for both the site operator/occupier and the surrounding community.

 We offer a complete development travel planning service, our Travel Plans meet the necessary national and local planning policy standards and provide actual benefits that can be demonstrated in subsequent travel behavior.


We undertake all our transport planning services in house specializing in the following areas:

Transport Assessments


Transport assessments are crucial in identifying the transport impacts of a potential development proposal. They are comprehensive and systematic process that sets out transport issues relating to a proposed development. It identifies measures required to improve accessibility and safety for all modes of travel, particularly for alternatives to the car such as walking, cycling and public transport. A transport statement is a simpler version of a transport assessment when the development proposals do not require a full transport assessment.

Parking Surveys


We provide high-quality and thoroughly assessed parking surveys based on the Lambeth Council Parking Survey Guidance Note 2012 widely regarded as the ‘Lambeth methodology’, a method adopted by many London Boroughs. We use other methodologies as specified by the local authority such as  London borough of Richmond upon Thames Parking beat survey criteria , Merton Council Transport Residential Parking Survey Methodology and Southwark Council Residential Parking Survey Methodology Guidance Note.

Delivery And Service Management Plans

Delivery and service management plans are increasingly required as part of development planning requirements, especially where you have a major commercial or residential development that is likely to generate a large movement of goods and materials.

Delivery and service management plans (DSP) aim to reduce potential adverse impacts of service and delivery traffic generated by a development, another key transport planning service we provide at SANDS. Delivery and service management plans aim is to facilitate smart and sustainable delivery and servicing arrangements to lower operating costs, reduce impact on the environment and improve accessibility.

Construction Management Plans

Construction Management Plan (CMP) is a plan that outlines the proposed approach to the delivery of a construction project. This is often required by planning authorities as part of planning approval requirements or a condition which needs to be in place and approved in advance of construction site works. A construction management plan is most commonly asked for at the discharge of conditions stage.

Our building consultant works hand in hand with our transport planning consultants to provide a CMP that addresses the detailed procedures, sequencing and construction methodology anticipated by the project team engaged in the planning, liaison and construction of the project.

Construction Logistic Plans

Construction Logistic Plans (CLP) are important management tools for planners, developers and contractors in assessing and reducing the negative transport effects of a construction project on local communities, residents, businesses and environment. In order to begin any construction activities a planning authority may require a Construction Logistic Plan (CLP) to manage the construction phase of the development to ensure any adverse effects to the road networks, safety, environment and that the community considerations has been factored into the approach to the delivery of the construction phase.

CLP’s are produced by our transport planning consultants whom are also registered CLOCS CLP practitioners