Today Transport for London’s Spatial Planning Team issued guidance on how to access their planning service, with flexibility and understanding at its core; initially suggesting e-mailing (using the link above) rather then sending items via post and replacing face to face meetings with video and conference calling.

In reaction to some of the techncial aspects of access their services Gavin McLaughlin on behalf of TfL set out the following:

  • Active Travel Zone (ATZ)  assessment and site visits in general all not be requested nor recommended by TfL for planning applications until further notice;
  • Traffic and transportation surveys will need to be suspended;
  • Detailed Traffic modelling audits are continuing to be undertaken by TfL, but these may take longer  than usual;
  • Road safety audits may be undertaken using online tools such as Google Maps (but this would need to be agreed in writing first); and
  • Early engagement is still encouraged, and TfL welcome the opportunity to discuss any aspects of an applicants transport planning work

At mode transport planning we will be keeping a very close eye on how TfL’s guidance evolves over the the course of the next few months in relation to COVID-19 to ensure our clients applications run as smoothly as possible in these unorthodox times.