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Travel plans have been used successfully for many years, whether secured through planning or prepared on a voluntary basis. They are an important tool for promoting sustainable travel, e.g. walking, cycling, public transport, and help to reduce single occupancy car use. They also encourage effective use of current transport networks and support their enhancement.
Requirements for when travel plans should be submitted are set out in paragraph 89 of Planning Policy Guide 13: Transport (PPG 13) and local authority requirements in local policies. PPG 13 and local planning documents, along with the advice in Circulars 11/95 and 05/2005, should be read prior to preparing a travel plan.
Planning Policy Guide 13: Transport - on the Communities and Local Government (CLG) website
Circular 11/95: use of conditions - on the CLG website
Circular 05/05: planning obligations - on the CLG website
Good practice guidelines
These guidelines provide best practice, drawn from case study research, to help local authorities, developers and planners produce high quality, robust travel plans. The suggested steps are recommendations only, and are not additions to Government policy or law. In addition to the main document, summary and research reports are available.
Good practice guidelines - on the Department for Transport website