Brackley Investments Limited
Health & Residential
Bartons Road, Havant, Hampshire
A planning condition for a Care Home in Havant, required the development to achieve ‘Very Good’ accreditation (55 points). The developer wished to exceed this and achieve ‘Excellent’ accreditation (70 points).
Evidence is required to achieve credits in a number of topics, which contribute towards the overall BREEAM score. Each of the topics are weighted, so that a development achieves credits over as many topics as possible. The Transport topic is weighted at 10%, which means that it can only contribute a maximum of ten points towards the overall BREEAM score.
A total of 12 credits can be achieved in Transport (equating to 0.8 points each). As a minimum a Travel Statement and Travel Plan must be produced, which earn the development two credits.
–Using 2011 Census data, the travel patterns and attitudes of those working in the same area of the proposed development was identified. This included the home destinations of those working in the surrounding area, the modal split and the possible trip distribution by road, rail and bus.
–Details of access to the site by sustainable modes of transport, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists and taking into account the age-related requirements of staff and visitors.
–The current facilities available for cyclists.
–The location of existing accessible amenities within 500m of the site.
–Identifying features within the site and access to and from the site for people with disabilities, taking into account all types of disability including mobility, visual and hearing impairment.
–Identifying the potential travel movements for staff and visitors and the predicted number of trips generated by the proposed development by all modes, and how they will impact on the local highway network and on existing bus and rail services.
–A public transport accessibility index score, calculated by identifying bus stops within 650m and rail stations within 1km (identified as nodes) and the average number of trips per hour (one-way) at each node between 08:00 and 19:00.
A site-specific Travel Plan was also produced, to set objectives and targets to be achieved over a five-year term. Ten further credits are available during the production of the Travel Plan. Working with the developer, a number of measures were offered by the development in order to achieve the remaining ten credits. Fewer credits are required if a development is more accessible to local facilities or if the accessibility index score is higher.
Measures that improved access to public transport, introduced a car club and electric vehicle charging points, provided cycle storage and cycle facilities, and improved access to facilities (through the provision of new facilities) were offered. The more measures introduced, the more credits that can be awarded – which help to obtain a higher overall BREEAM score.
As with all Travel Plans, a monitoring regime will need to be introduced to see whether the development is achieving the targets set.
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