New housing should be built so that residents can walk, cycle and use public transport to go about their daily lives. Transport for New Homes brings transport and planning together to make this vision a reality.
The Transport for New Homes Charter sums up our vision.
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Central to our work is visiting large-scale new housing up and down the country. We not only look for modern, frequent public transport connections but also the extent to which places are car-dominated, whether they are walkable in terms of local provision of services, leisure and employment, and whether the public realm is attractive to pedestrians.
Why the emphasis on transport to new homes?
Lifestyles. New homes are often seen as the province of planners but naturally transport plays a very important role in how people live, and how they go about their daily lives. At a time when there are real concerns about sedentary lifestyles, we wanted to see whether the places we are building enabled more walking and cycling. Equally there is concern about isolation with many people struggling to interact enough with others. We looked therefore for local facilities – local shops, employment, parks and community facilities – that you could walk to and meet people.
Access. People moving to new homes need access to employment and services. They need therefore good modern public public transport connections – frequent and good local buses, trains or rapid transit. Were these provided and how good were they? This was also part of our investigations.
Car domination and traffic. Many people complain about congestion and pollution caused by too much traffic on the roads. Parking can also have an adverse effect on the public realm, taking up valuable space with views of car parks rather then gardens. We wanted to know whether new homes were predominantly car-based, generating more traffic and congestion, or whether they managed to carry through aspirations for ‘sustainable transport’, both in the new housing area itself and in the immediate area.
Non-drivers. We wanted to make sure that non-drivers of all ages were well catered for and that residents did not have to rely on a car for most activities.
How we are run
Transport for New Homes is funded by the Foundation for Integrated Transport, which was formed in 2014 to make transport better for people and the environment.