We adopted revised local area requirements in July 2018 and are currently in the process of updating this guidance page.

Please check the list of Local Area Requirements July 2018 for the most up to date information before submitting your application.

Where your proposed development will impact the transportation system in the surrounding area, a transport assessment will need to accompany your planning application.

The information below provides further details about when a transport assessment is required, what information this document should include, how to submit it to us and where further information can be found.

When is a transport assessment required?

A transport assessment should accompany applications for major developments that have the potential to impact the transportation system in the surrounding area. For example, changes of use; or extensions to places of worship, educational buildings and community facilities.

What information should be included in a transport assessment?

A transport assessment should include the following information:

  • a description and analysis of the existing transport conditions
  • details of the expected (economic, environmental and social) impact of the proposed development on the local transportation system
  • details of the proposed approach to limit the expected impact of the proposed development on the local transportation system
  • details of existing and proposed journeys to and from the proposed development site by all modes of transport (both vehicular and pedestrian)
  • a construction management plan
  • a travel plan outlining the measures that will be put in place to improve access to public transport and reduce the need for parking at the proposed development site
  • details of proposed loading areas, arrangements for manoeuvring, servicing and parking should cross reference any scale drawings and plans

The scope of the transport assessment should reflect the size of the proposed development and the extent of the expected implications on the transport system.

How do I submit a transport statement?

If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your transport assessment after you have completed the relevant application forms.

Guidance notes for submitting electronic files

Guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications (PDF).

If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide four copies of your transport assessment along with four copies of the relevant application forms.

Where can I find out further information?

For further information on preparing and submitting a transport assessment, please see the following links below: