Issue date: 13 October 2000

High density development zones in designated areas of the city could be the answer to some of Bristol’s traffic problems, according to planners at the University of the West of England.

Mike Wrigley, senior lecturer in Planning in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UWE will respond to and examine a report which looks at the creation of Transport Development Areas (TDAs) which will allow high density employment and housing developments near public transport networks.

A research report commissioned by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with the support of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) was published in July 2000 with findings suggesting that a greater density of development can be achieved without detriment to the urban environment.

The research will be examined and discussed at a seminar at UWE on 18 October 2000. The speakers will include Peter Hine, Symonds Group (Research Team Leader), Mike Wrigley, UWE(RICS Transport Panel), and John Earp, Director Halcow Fox.

Mike Wrigley said, “The overall objective is to get people out of cars and onto public transport. Local authorities would set higher development densities around public transport stops rather than restricting densities in order to avoid congestion.

“The idea could have application in Bristol, for example along the route of the proposed light rail system running from the city centre northwards to the Almondsbury Interchange. However this approach to the problems of movement within towns and cities must be part of a more comprehensive strategy for dealing with traffic congestion.”

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