Draft travel plan

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A draft travel plan takes into account the characteristics of the proposed development such as its location, surrounding transport infrastructure and proximity to local facilities. 


The statement you submit should include an executive summary and be clear, easy to read and jargon free. 

Your draft travel plan must show the ways that transport implications will be managed in order to ensure the minimum environmental, social and economic impacts. 

Your report must include details of: 

  • ways of reducing car usage 
  • ways increasing the use of public transport 
  • ways increasing walking and cycling 
  • the implementation strategy you will use 
  • the range of measures and incentives you will use to encourage alternative modes of transport 

You should also find details of other transport related matters on our transport assessment and car parking and access pages. 

You can get help and advice from our Duty Planner on draft travel plans and other types of planning applications. 

You can get detailed feedback on your proposal by using our pre-application advice service

Personal and confidential statement 

We may publish any information you submit as part of your application. You must tell us if there is any information you do not want us to publish when you submit your application.  

If however, we believe that this information is in the public interest, we reserve the right to publish it.  

We may also decide parts of your submission are not in the public interest and may redact this information. This information may include telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures. 

When you need to submit this information

Depending on the details of your application, you need to submit a draft travel plan when you are making an application for: 

Validation requirements

Required by 

  • National requirement. You can find details of this requirement in section 9 of the National Planning Policy Framework 
  • Local requirement. You can find details of this requirement in: 
    • Local plan review policy RLP3 
    • Local plan review policy RLP53 
    • Local plan review policy RLP54 
    • Local plan review policy RLP55 
    • Local plan review policy RLP56 
    • Core strategy policy CS4 
    • Core strategy policy CS7 
    • Core strategy policy CS9 
    • Core strategy policy CS11 
    • Draft local plan policy SP1 
    • Draft local plan policy LPP15 
    • Draft local plan policy LPP35 
    • Draft local plan policy LPP44 
    • Essex County Council Development management policy DM10