Supporting the CIHT to create better places


Supporting the CIHT to create better places

3 September 2019

UK – PBA has worked with the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) to launch ‘Better planning, better transport, better places’ providing advice on how to successfully integrate sustainable transport into new developments.

The UK needs an efficient and integrated planning and transport system to not only support a strong and prosperous economy but to reduce carbon emissions. The way we currently plan new developments and the associated transport is often too heavily car dependent, damaging our health, harming our towns, and contributing to climate change.

The advice document focuses on practical steps that can be taken by planning professionals, developers, advisers, and local councils to provide people with healthy and successful places to live. It not only works within the context of current planning legislation and the NPPF but also provides recommendations for the government for improving current policy.

Keith Mitchell, Director Community Development & Infrastructure, who was part of the working group behind the document, commented:

“We are delighted to have been involved in the preparation of Better Planning, Better Transport, Better Places. The link between planning, transport and quality of place has long been an issue which has interested the team at PBA. We have published our thoughts about these issues in our Places First series, suggesting that there is a better way of working within the existing planning system to - not only, deliver healthier, more sustainable places – but also to deliver benefit for developers and local authorities by supporting more effective delivery of housing, infrastructure and growth.

These ideas are gaining traction in the development world, but it will need the wider profession to adopt these ideas in practice, and engage constructively with local stakeholders about how we can all play a part in creating better places, building communities – fit for the future. We are pleased to be playing our part in this important work.”

Sue Percy, Chief Executive, CIHT said:

“We must improve the way we integrate planning and transport if we want to contribute to delivering sustainable places. If we get it right, it is possible to plan, design and build developments that will help the government achieve its housing targets whilst promoting health and well-being, social inclusion, support the economy and reduce carbon emissions.

We believe that through this advice it will be possible to create places that meet the critical elements of environmental, economic, and social sustainability while also delivering the homes we need. The effective integration of planning and transport is fundamental to achieving Better Places.”

To support this, the guidance identifies a series of recommendations for local authorities and/or developers to implement, covering three key areas:

  1. Creating a clear place based vision - that integrates the needs of sustainable transport, health and the environment including a commitment to carbon reduction.
  2. Delivering the Plan - local authorities should be prepared to drive and manage the implementation of the Plan rather than reacting to planning applications.
  3. Managing new developments - proposals should describe how they support the Local Plan’s place-based vision for access and movement, taking account of viability, deliverability, resilience to changes, and explicit sustainable development outcomes.

A copy of the guidance is available at

Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell

Director – Community Development and Infrastructure

  • UK
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