Land Use & Transport Integration in Scotland (LATIS): Appraising Land Use Strategies for the Scottish Planning Reform

Land Use & Transport Integration in Scotland (LATIS): Appraising Land Use Strategies for the Scottish Planning Reform


A Irvine, Transport Scotland, UK; K Lumsden, S Canning, MVA Consultancy, UK



Understanding the relationship between land-use and transport continues to
be a key component within the transport and development planning sectors.
Preparing and presenting analytical outputs representing this relationship
tends to require complex modelling practices, considered interpretation and

There is growing recognition within both transport and planning professions
that realising the transport impacts associated with development strategies
early on in the planning process can assist in minimising development-related
pressures on the transport system and in encouraging a more sustainable
approach across the planning system.

Traditional development and transport impact assessment techniques,
whereby individual developments or local plans are studied in isolation, are
changing. There is an increasing need to investigate the cumulative impacts
of large-scale development and land-use strategies at the regional and even
national levels.

Within Scotland, Transport Scotland is required to review and assess how
local, regional and unitary structure plans may impact on the strategic road
and rail networks. Furthermore, the Scottish Government is currently
reforming the planning process in Scotland ? and Transport Scotland has a
key role to play in helping to streamline and inform this process.

Transport Scotland?s ?Land-Use and Transport Integration in Scotland?
(LATIS) Commission provides a land-use and transport modelling framework
which covers the Scottish strategic road and public transport network. The
framework uses spatially disaggregate ?planning data? to represent local and
regional development strategies, along with national economic and
demographic projections to forecast changes in land-use and population at a
local level. It can also assist in the prediction of changes in land use and
traffic levels associated with different economic or demographic scenarios. It
can thus be used to explicitly analyse the potential impacts of different
development planning strategies.

Applying a fully integrated national and regional modelling framework, which
rationalises long-term regional plans in line with national forecasts, can
provide key inputs to a consistent and balanced approach for land use and
transport appraisal across the country.


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