Why do travels plans need to be monitored?

Monitoring is a key element of any travel plan. Without a robust monitoring programme, there is a risk the travel plan will become a static document that doesn’t change to suit the needs of the site. Without a monitoring programme it is also difficult to establish what the positive and negative elements of the travel plan are.

From a policy perspective, the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states “all developments that will generate significant amounts of movement should be required to provide a travel plan.”

  The NPPF also covers monitoring of Travel Plans and states:
"Travel Plans need to set out clearly what data is to be collected, and when, establishing the baseline conditions in relation to any targets.

The length of time over which monitoring will occur and the frequency will depend on the nature and scale of the development and should be agreed as part of the Travel Plan with the developer or qualifying body for neighbourhood planning. Who has responsibility for monitoring compliance should be clear.

Monitoring requirements should only cease when there is sufficient evidence for all parties to be sure that the travel patterns of the development are in line with the objectives of the Travel Plan. This includes meeting the agreed targets over a consistent period of time. At this point the Travel Plan would become a voluntary initiative."

The TRICS® Consortium has produced a suggested Travel Plan Condition and a Heads of Terms document or Section 106/278 Clause, both of which can be viewed by selecting the options on the right. Please note that these texts are suggestions only, intended to be for initial guidance.
  Travel Plan Condition

Heads of Terms document or Section 106/278 Clause