Coaches serve many forms of development including schools, hotels, cultural venues, stadiums, arenas, tourist attractions and conference centres.

Why plan?

All applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Where required a transport assessment (TA) should include coach parking within baseline conditions in order to further assess the opportunities for coach parking, coach drop off and associated infrastructure currently available, and where additional capacity may be necessary to serve the development.

Requirements for your planning application

TfL will assess each application on a case-by-case basis in relation to impact on coaches and London Plan policy 6.8.

The parking addendum to London Plan chapter six requires hotel developments to provide one coach parking space per 50 rooms while leisure uses including stadia and major exhibition venues should provide appropriate levels of coach parking to suit their individual demand.

TfL requires that all TAs should include assessment of any impact on current coach bays or drop-off areas in the vicinity of the site. Assessment of expected coach demand should be provided and the TA should set out how anticipated coach movements will be safely accommodated.

Where a development is likely to affect existing coach facilities or infrastructure, developers should engage with TfL as soon as possible. Where new coach facilities are proposed, a swept path analysis of a 15-metre coach should be included as part of the application, demonstrating safe manoeuvrability.

In some cases a coach management plan will be required to ensure that coach activities are safely managed and do not have an adverse impact on the transport network. A coach management plan needs to include locations and capacity of coach set down, drop off and parking, as well as a suitable marshalling and management scheme to be agreed with TfL and the relevant planning authority. 

Construction advice

Any temporary closure or relocation of coach facilities or infrastructure during the construction phases of a development should be avoided. If unavoidable, this will need to be discussed and agreed with TfL and the relevant local planning authority. Equivalent interim coach facilities or infrastructure will need to be delivered and funded by the developer. Existing facilities must be made good following the construction period, again funded by the developer.