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
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
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
Wynyard Park, Teesside
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.