Buckinghamshire County Council has drawn up new guidelines to help developers meet local transport needs.
The draft Development Management Policy explains the county council's 'ethos and values towards growth', and the high standards of community development expected.
Using the guidelines could help developers get the travel and transport aspects of their plans well-ordered to avoid time-consuming and costly alterations further down the line.
Mark Shaw, deputy leader and cabinet member for transport said: 'We know growth is happening in Buckinghamshire and it's important that we help this growth to happen in the right way.
'These guidelines are signposts to make it easier for developers to provide well-connected housing estates and business parks that meet their own transport needs, are healthy, safe and sustainable.'
The guidelines set out policies that aim to ensure new housing estates:
- Minimise effects on surrounding roads
- Encourage cycling, walking and use of public transport
- Provide the right number of parking spaces
- Connect well to existing services and facilities
- Safeguard rights of way and create new public paths to improve connections
- Ensure safe streets that encourage the right traffic speeds
- Allow dustcarts and emergency vehicles good access
- Incorporate sustainable drainage to avoid flooding
- Are great communities to live in with a sense of 'place'
Residents, businesses and developers are invited to have their say on the guidelines through a public consultation, which opens ends on Friday 22 September.