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At ActivePlanning our main focus is on designing policies and strategies based on commissioned evidence. Our starting point will always be the creation of communities that are low-carbon and which invite people to walk, cycle and use local services and public transport more often.

Past projects clearly demonstrate our capabilities. We assemble processed baseline information and text to support the preparation of:

  • Robust and defensible Local Plan policies relating to transport, walking and cycling, and urban design. This includes Examination in PublicExperience: successful defence of waste and Local Plan policies at two EiPs for LB Newham, including assembly of relevant materials for the evidence library.

  • Local Design Codes (response to Planning White Paper). We prepare the transport and urban design aspects, working with competition-winning partners to develop character appraisals, strategic and local urban design, and architectural styles. We engage the best landscape architects and ecologists to set new development in robust green infrastructure networks to deliver healthy, biodiverse, low carbon places that also recycle water. The service includes illustrative visualisation of great places.

  • Strategic/sub-national infrastructure development plans. This includes strategic mapping and working with client stakeholders to identify scheme lists. Example: Transport East Interim Infrastructure Delivery Plan prospectus.

  • Local Transport Plan (LTP) policies and proposals relating to active travel and narrative writing for entire LTPs. Examples: Brent Local Implementation Plan, Lewisham Transport Study.

  • Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs). Examples: Crawley LCWIP network review, DfT pilot LCWIP strategic support and reviews, Buckden Parish LCWIP, East Hampshire LCWIP. 

  • Masterplanning: active travel components including reviews of contextual policies and proposals, urban design, street design principles, network planning, stakeholder engagement. Examples: Heath Park, Runcorn, and York Castle Gateway. Much of this can be translated into progressive design and access statements.

  • Public realm design guidance setting out clear and simple standards that respond to the road danger reduction agenda. Example: LB Hackney public realm design guide, The Highland Council Community Links Funding Bid - design principles.

  • Statutory Rights of Way Improvement Plans.

  • Statutory Green Infrastructure Study narratives.

We are able to place this information into desktop publishing software and prepare graphic design maps that tell your story effectively. All documents will be prepared in accordance with your existing design standards.

Policy and strategy writing

Graphic design