TPS has recently been appointed to prepare a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan for a development site of some 96 dwellings, being brought forwards by Keepmoat, in Newcastle. This is the fourth Keepmoat application for which we have prepared such reports over the past 9 months. In each case there have been specific timescale constraints that have impacted upon the approach we have taken. In this case, the application is awaiting validation and as such the expeditious preparation of the technical assessments was key to our successful appointment.

Similarly, we have supported Keepmoat on applications in Hebburn and Sunderland, where we were required to ‘think outside the box’ in order that applications could be progressed to submission during the school summer holidays when it was not possible to collect traffic count data to inform operational assessments. In the case of the Sunderland project, drawing on alternative sources of information – including previously submitted applications and DfT data – we were able to create a case for historic data being valid for use (where this might ordinarily have not been accepted by the local authority). We attended a meeting with highways officers to talk them through the approach and were successful in getting their approval for this and their acceptance of the resultant capacity assessments. We were delighted to learn that the application was granted consent in October 2019.

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