Appraising Land Use Strategies in Scotland Using LATIS: Lessons Learned
A Irvine, D Gilmour, Transport Scotland, UK; K Lumsden, J Davidson, S Canning, MVA Consultancy, UK
This paper presents the experience of LATIS and lessons learned over the last two years in supporting Transport Scotland and Scottish planning authorities in delivering a consistent and pragmatic approach to preparing strategic land use plans.
Two years ago at ETC, Transport Scotland and their term consultant, MVA Consultancy, presented a paper which discussed how Transport Scotland's ?Land use and Transport Integration in Scotland" (LATIS) Commission could be used to provide a consistent and balanced approach for land use and transport appraisal throughout Scotland as part of the Scottish Government's reform of the planning process.
Traditional development and transport impact assessment techniques, whereby individual developments or local plans are studied in isolation are changing; there is an increasing necessity to investigate the combined impacts of large scale land use development strategies. 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.
Transport Scotland's ?Land use and Transport Integration in Scotland's (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 and the consequent impact upon travel demand and trip-making. It can thus be used to explicitly analyse the potential impacts of different development planning strategies.
Applying a fully integrated national model which rationalises long term regional plans in line with national forecasts provides a consistent and pragmatic approach to land use and transport appraisal.
This paper will present the experience gained and lessons learned by the LATIS Commission over the last two years in supporting both Transport Scotland and a number of planning authorities within Scotland in helping to deliver a consistent and more pragmatic approach in preparing strategic land use plans. It will also demonstrate how the interaction between land use, demographic change and proposed investment in the transport system have been used to predict long-term changes to land use in Scotland.
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