Car Clubs in New Developments
Full project title: Car Clubs in New
Sponsors: Rees Jefferys, Road Fund, Transport Scotland, CIHT Trust, Redrow Homes
Project manager: Carplus Trust
Start date: March 2015
Finish date: April 2016
Project briefing sheet: Download the briefing sheet
Project Final Report: Download final report (and case study appendix)
This project explored the factors influencing the relative success of car clubs in new developments. This was a joint project between CTS and Carplus, the umbrella organisation for car clubs in the UK. Its aims were to explore:
- the benefits, challenges and policy impacts of car clubs in housing developments.
- factors affecting car club feasibility and success.
- the respective roles of the developer, the local authority and the car club operator in delivering successful car clubs.
- the use planning tools, especially planning conditions, supplementary planning guidance (SPG) and planning agreements in the delivery of car clubs in new developments.
8 local authorities and 12 housing developments were selected as
case studies. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with
stakeholders in local authorities, developers and car club
The study found that car clubs are more likely to be successfully established within a development (or in a neighbourhood adjacent to a development) if consideration is given early enough in the planning process to its viability as a location. In evaluating this, there are several key factors which help to identify where car clubs might be successfully established in new developments. These include: population density, PTAL rating and availability of public transport, parking constraints, car ownership levels and other cultural and socioeconomic/demographic characteristics.