The Environment Agency (EA) has announced that continuing to build up flood defences to protect vulnerable coastal communities may no longer be sustainable in parts of England. Reports state that the combined effects of climate change and population growth would mean the number of properties built in floodplains would double in the next 50 years.
Planning sustainable transport options as a fundamental part of new housing developments, can lead to healthier, accessible and more economically productive areas with less impact on the existing highway network. Phil Bell, Managing Director at Motion examines the issues.
The redevelopment of a brownfield site in Southend-on-Sea, will deliver 228 contemporary apartments and two supporting retail units. Motion provided transport and travel planning advice and helped to demonstrate that the new site use would lead to a reduction in vehicle movements on the local road network.
Property developers have benefitted from fifteen years of specialist advice from Motion to help turn their schemes into reality. Established in 2004 as a transport and travel planning consultancy, the company now offers a comprehensive service also including infrastructure design, flood risk advice, drainage design and road safety engineering.