Gathering evidence

A strong evidence base is essential to enable developers, community organisations and local authorities to deliver robust and defensible policies and proposals for sustainable development projects. This includes:

  • GIS based analysis of Census and other data, for example relative deprivation, school travel, traffic counts, signed cycle networks and footway widths. A layered approach can help to define priority projects over a borough / district area, for example helping to prioritise investment in Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

  • GIS, desktop and site based network appraisal for walking and cycling, including accompanied accessibility auditing.

  • Demand modelling for walking and cycling networks using the latest software. This is used to identify potential desire lines based on Census and other evidence.

  • Evidence in support of emerging Local Plans where a departure from conformity is justified, for example LB Lambeth's Local Plan departure from proposed (unadopted) London Plan parking standards.

  • Evidence prepared and summarised in easily understood tables and charts for community engagement purposes.

Depending on the requirement, ActivePlanning or sub-contracted specialists can be called upon to build an evidence base to fulfil your requirements. We can either appoint sub-consultants or suggest evidence requirements in any fee proposal.

Building a robust evidence base