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The British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) has recently commissioned David Simmonds Consultancy to explore the development of Norwich Riverside, as a case study to compare with a recently completed study of Rochester Riverside, Medway, in Kent. Whereas the aim of the Rochester Riverside research was to identify the issues associated with what is widely seen as an unsatisfactory level of progress in comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment of a major brownfield site, the aim of the Norwich Riverside will be to investigate a site that is widely viewed as a success. BURA is an influential cross-sector membership think-tank concerned with shaping and influencing urban regeneration policy in Britain, and it is expected that the case studies in Rochester and Norwich will help to inform government policy and other brownfield regeneration initiatives.
Rochester Riverside, Barriers to Regeneration- A Case Study: The report from this project, commissioned by BURA, is now available online. Read the summary and get the link for the full report here.
TELMoS: DSC has been commissioned, in collaboration with MVA, to develop a new Transport/Economic/Land Use Model of Scotland - TELMoS, using the DELTA package. This will be carried out within the context of the ongoing work on the new Transport Model for Scotland (TMfS), on which MVA have been working for the last two years. Work is going ahead both on the development of the model itself and to assemble information on land-use plans and policies across the TELMoS area. This information will be used to generate the planning policy inputs to TELMoS.
Edinburgh: The DSC/MVA report on the economic impacts of Edinburgh's Integrated Transport Initiative Preferred Option - summarised recently in Local Transport Today - is available in the 'Reports' section on the Transport Initiatives Edinburgh website (see www.tiedinburgh.co.uk).
South East Scotland Integrated Transport Corridors Study: DSC has been appointed as part of a consortium led by MVA to work on South East Scotland Integrated Transport Corridors Study. Scott Wilson, Systra and Hargest & Wallace Planning are also involved in the project, which will examine issues and proposals in five major corridors around Edinburgh and the Forth Valley.
GUM: MVA and DSC have been commissioned to work on a research project looking into the possibility of modelling Generic Urban Areas. Such models would be used to provide additional urban-level information within the National Transport Model system, without attempting to model specific urban areas in detail.
DSC and BURA: DSC has been commissioned by BURA (the British Urban Regeneration Association) to carry out a research project related to the Rochester Riverside area, which is beside the River Medway in Rochester, Kent. The project will focus on identifying the factors which have resulted in serious delays to this flagship regeneration project, and on the lessons that can be learnt from this experience.
Conference paper: David Simmonds presented a paper on the use of land-use/transport modelling for strategic environmental assessment to a major international conference on Framing Land-Use Dynamics at the University of Utrecht in April. His paper is available here.
DSC and TRL to develop Strathclyde Integrated Transport Land-Use Model: DSC and TRL Limited have been appointed by Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) to develop an integrated transport and land-use model for West Central Scotland. The commission will involve linking a new implementation of DSC's DELTA package to SPT's existing Strategic Transport Model, built by TRL. The land-use modelling component will be added within an integrated system design which will provide ease of use and very competitive run times. The development of the model will enhance SPT's capability to assess the long recognised interaction between transport and land use in an efficient manner, helping to satisfy in a systematic way the requirements of the current Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG), in particular the assessment of Economic Activity Location Impacts. The model will help SPT to plan and evaluate future public transport provision in the context of land-use change, recognising that developments in travel behaviour in recent years have been greatly influenced by land use location and type. The model will also help to assess proposed schemes against the wider STAG appraisal objectives, namely environment, safety, economy, integration, and accessibility. The Structure Plan teams (responsible for strategic land-use planning) in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, and in Ayrshire, are closely partnering SPT and the local Transportation Authorities in the development of a Joint Transport Strategy for West Central Scotland. The Model is seen as a primary tool in the development of this Strategy, and the strategic planning teams have helped to influence its design and development. In addition therefore to its role in assisting the SPT in its planning and evaluation of public transport, it will provide the Strategy partners with the ability to evaluate policy pertaining to both public and private modes of travel, to evaluate associated land-use feedback effects of policy, and to develop a transport strategy closely linked to adopted long-term planning strategy. As such, the strategic planning teams will also support the Model's long-term development and will benefit from its ability to closely link land-use and transport planning.
Regeneration Study: DSC is assisting NERA in reviewing the theoretical and empirical evidence for the role of passenger and rail freight in supporting or regenerating economic activity in cities and regions. The study is being carried out for the Strategic Rail Authority, as a contribution to the overall assessment of the consequences of changing rail services.
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