Travel plan efficiency for marina eco-homes

Demonstrating sustainable and economical movement of people can help to secure the best possible planning outcome for property developers and future residents of a development.  It is increasingly important not only during the planning application process, but also following site completion and beyond into occupation.  When Brighton Marina Group needed to demonstrate delivery of Section 106 obligations for a mixed-use scheme, the company approached Motion’s travel planning experts for advice and support. 

Motion responded to Brighton and Hove City Council’s requirement for a Travel Plan Implementation and Monitoring Report for the completed first stage of the ‘West Quay‘ marina development.  Comprising seven restaurants and 195 flats, the scheme incorporates sustainable features and aims to reach an EcoHomes standard of ‘Excellent’. 

Best experience for residents

According to Katie Sullivan, Managing Director Brighton Marina Group Ltd, “The Motion team was professional and helpful, producing more detail to satisfy the council and managing ongoing monitoring to ensure compliance.  The work has also helped to provide the best experience for residents living in the marina.”

A complex, multi-modal travel survey was devised, reflecting the integrated nature of the site within the wider Marina estate, and the numerous site users and accesses.  The results informed a review of the target modal splits, and an updated action plan was presented.

Motion Senior Travel Planner, Anna Mahoney, recalls, “The project included detailed analysis, involving collection of site-specific travel data, covering residents of the occupied flats, staff and retail customers.  People who were visiting the facilities, as part of a trip to the marina for other purposes, needed to be clearly identified.” 

This article first appeared in the Autumn 2020 issue of Insight.

Image credit: © Ben Tribe

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