Using planning to construct a better future
A DETR case study

Page 1: Introduction

Planning is the process of deciding what you want to achieve in the future and then thinking about ways of making it happen. First comes defining aims which are specific, measurable and achievable - which can be the most difficult part. Once you have done that, you can set about identifying what practical steps are needed. Planning is not just important for individuals. It is also vital for the...
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Page 2: The challenge

There are more than nine million young people in education in the United Kingdom and the number of car journeys made to and from school and college contributes significantly to congestion and pollution. The National Travel Survey shows that there has been a significant shift away from walking to school towards car use, with the proportion of car journeys nearly doubling over the last 10 years: 29...
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Page 3: Travel planning

The Government’s White Paper on the future of transport, published in July 1998, gives high priority to measures to reduce car dependency and traffic congestion, including encouraging the development of green transport plans for businesses, schools and hospitals. These are packages of simple practical measures to encourage the use of alternatives to the car - not just for environmental...
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Page 4: School travel plans

Horndean Community School This mixed secondary school in Hampshire has over 1,700 pupils and 150 staff. The campus is also open to local people, with a range of community facilities such as sports facilities, a nursery and a playgroup. The local authority has made the development of a school travel plan a condition of planning permission for the school’s extension. The main objectives of the...
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Page 5: Objectives

Sandringham Secondary School (mixed, 1000 pupils) and Wheatfields Junior (mixed, 360 pupils) in St Albans have adjacent sites on a bus route. The objectives of the plan are to reduce child casualties, to reduce car journeys to school, and to increase walking, cycling and bus use. Questionnaires were sent to pupils and parents, a school working group was set up, and a pupil competition was run to...
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Page 6: Conclusion

The Royal School, Hampstead This central London girls’ secondary school has 500 pupils. It is well served by public transport, but car use for the journey to school is high. Congestion in the area around the school is a serious problem, which the plan sets out to tackle. The plan aims to reduce the proportion of car trips to the school by 30% initially over three years and to maintain or...
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