Key sector figures call for transport to be part of planning 'solution'

 

Key figures in the planning and delivery of sustainable development, infrastructure and transport services have called for changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to improve the availability of transport links.

”Local

In a joint letter to ministers, the leaders of professional bodies, charities and other organisations have outlined 'vital' changes that they say would significantly improve the pace at which development proposals clear the planning process and result in 'high-quality, genuinely sustainable development'.

The proposed changes aim to address the problem of homes being built in the ‘wrong’ locations without enough integrated transport by addressing transport issues from the start of the planning process.

They include:

  • The need for the NPPF to provide clear criteria for the siting of development – 'limiting a number of the objections that are made to development proposals on transport and environmental grounds'
  • Making the accessibility of a development location by a range of sustainable transport options a key factor in determining a development's suitability
  • Involving transport authorities and operators throughout the planning process, 'making transport provision part of the solution rather than a hurdle to be overcome'
  • The site layout for developments should make appropriate provision for buses, cycling and walking – 'reducing car dependency carries the added benefit of reducing the traffic impact of new development on existing infrastructure'

Sue Percy, chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), said: ‘CIHT has worked with fellow professionals to highlight some key improvements that can be made to the NPPF and the system of planning in England and Wales to create more sustainable and economically prosperous places. For too long, too many homes have been built in the wrong locations with insufficient integrated transport. CIHT believes we can, and must, do better.'

‘We believe that our current planning system needs to change and by improving the integration between planning and transport we can deliver improved outcomes for all.’

The letter to housing secretary James Brokenshire, transport secretary Chris Grayling, and others, is in support of responses to the formal NPPF consultation that closed last week.

Other signatories to the letter are: Lynda Addison, chair, TPS; Victoria Hills, chief executive, RTPI; Joe Irvin, chief executive, Living Streets; Jonathan Bray, director, Urban Transport Group; Hugh Ellis, head of policy, TCPA; Phil Southall, managing director, Oxford Bus Company; Stephen Joseph, chief executive, Campaign for Better Transport; and Michael Bach, chairman: Planning, Environment and Transport Committee, London Forum of Amenity & Civic Societies.

 

Also see

Register now for full access


Register just once to get unrestricted, real-time coverage of the issues and challenges facing UK transport and highways engineers.

Full website content includes the latest news, exclusive commentary from leading industry figures and detailed topical analysis of the highways, transportation, environment and place-shaping sectors. Use the link below to register your details for full, free access.

Already a registered? Login

 
comments powered by Disqus
 
 
highways jobs

Pest Control Officer

Brent Council
£25,746 - £27,342 p.a. inc.
Salary range
Recuriter: Brent Council

StreetCare Supervisor (Highways)

South Gloucestershire Council
£28,221 - £30,756
The post holder shall be responsible for supervising the implementation of civil and structural engineering schemes Gloucestershire
Recuriter: South Gloucestershire Council

Senior Manager Roads (Structure, Lighting, Flooding & Design)

North Ayrshire Council
£52,818.84 - £56,034.29 per year
You will be involved in leading a professional Team of employees responsible for the management of all Roads Structures Irvine, North Ayrshire
Recuriter: North Ayrshire Council

Engineering Manager (Structures, Street Lighting and Signals)

Plymouth City Council
£42 806 - £47,546
We are looking for a dynamic Engineering Manager Plymouth, Devon
Recuriter: Plymouth City Council

Highways Maintenance Manager

Plymouth City Council
£37,107 - £41,846
We are looking for a dynamic Highways Manager Plymouth, Devon
Recuriter: Plymouth City Council

Highways Asset Manager

Plymouth City Council
£32,333 - £36,153
We are looking for a dynamic Highways Asset Manager to lead and co-ordinate our new Highways Asset Management team Plymouth, Devon
Recuriter: Plymouth City Council

Engineer - Capital Projects

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council is looking to recruit an Engineer - Capital Projects. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Asset Management Officer (inc Signals)

Liverpool City Council
£27,358 - £31,401
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit an Asset Management Officer to assist with the delivery of highway maintenance... Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Technical Assistant

Liverpool City Council
£23,111 - £27,358
Liverpool City Council are looking to recruit a Technical Assistant. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Divisional Manager - Major Projects

Liverpool City Council
£65,013 - £69,812
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Divisional Manager - Major Projects to act as the strategic lead Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Team Leader - Asset Management

Liverpool City Council
£41,846 - £46,560
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Team Leader to be responsible for the development and management of the highways Asset Management Team Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Site Supervisor

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council wish to appoint Site Supervisors to supervise the City Council's highway construction works. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Principal Engineer - Asset Management

Liverpool City Council
£37,107 - £41,846
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Principal Engineer to assist in managing and maintaining highway and transport related assets Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Contracts Manager

Liverpool City Council
£37,107 - £41,846
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Contracts Manager based in Highways & Transportation. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Graduate Transport Planner

Cambridgeshire County Council
£17,681 - £23,111
EXCITING GRADUATE OPPORTUNITY Cambridgeshire
Recuriter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Operations Manager

Camden London Borough Council
£48,332 - £59,073
This is an exciting time for Parking Operations at Camden Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Transport Coordinator

Camden London Borough Council
£32,473 - £37,670 per annum
We have an exciting opportunity for 2 highly customer focused Transport Coordinators to work in the busy Camden Transport Team. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Senior Transport Officer

St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
£31,401 to £34,106 per annum
St Helens Council is seeking an exceptional Transport Planner to fulfil a role supporting our growth agenda St Helens, Merseyside
Recuriter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Assistant Director, Community, Cultural and Leisure Services

Royal Borough of Greenwich
up to £100,830
In Greenwich we are immensely proud of our Maritime history, Greenwich Mean Time and Royal Status Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Safety & Resilience Manager

Rugby Borough Council
£36,153 - £39,002
This is an exciting opportunity to lead and drive behavioural and culture change to ensure excellence in health, safety and welfare of employees Rugby, Warwickshire
Recuriter: Rugby Borough Council