The project

In a nutshell

Transport for New Homes is a practical project involving visiting large-scale new housing up and down the country, concentrating on transport and ensuing life styles.

The project also involves understanding how the planning system works, and in particular why it pushes so many new estates in the countryside so far away from large conurbations, and why the transport infrastructure built in conjunction with such places aims to increase road capacity rather than deliver new stations, frequent bus links and modern mass transit systems.

Where did we visit?

The places we visited included the following. There is a summary page for each place with photographs.

Allerton Bywater, Leeds

Ashbourne, Derbyshire Dales

Barton Park, edge of Oxford

Bath Riverside, centre of Bath

Berryfields, outside Aylesbury

Cambridge Southern Fringe

Chapelford Urban Village, Warrington

Castle Mead, greenfield site on fringe of Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Clackers Brook, greenfield site on fringe of Melksham, Wiltshire

Cranbrook new town, east of Exeter

Dickens Heath, Solihull

Great Western Park, greenfield site on fringe of Didcot

The Hamptons, on the outskirts of Peterborough

Hykeham Phoenix Place, fringes of Lincoln

Kidbrooke Village, Greenwich

Old Sarum, new development two miles outside Salisbury

Newcastle Great Park, Tyne & Wear

Poundbury,  greenfield urban extension to  Dorchester, Dorset

Priors Hall Park, greenfield/brownfield development on the fringe of Corby

Taunton Fire Pool Lock, central Taunton

Taunton Monkton Heathfield, greenfield development on the fringes of Taunton

Upton, Northampton

Wichelstowe, Swindon

Wynyard Park, Teesside

Lund, Sweden


Transport for New Homes is indebted to many people for the work which underpins the Project Summary and Recommendations Report published in July 2018. The project was a collaborative effort by researchers who visited sites, collected data and took photographs as well as local business people and residents who shared their views on where they lived and worked. We are also grateful to planners in the Netherlands and the architects of Poundbury. The project has benefitted from invaluable support from a steering group which includes representatives of the Transport Planning Society, RAC Foundation, Royal Town Planning Institute, Go Ahead Group and Stagecoach.