Spelthorne Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation: Policies and Site Allocations

Comment ID pol/273
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Infrastructure and Delivery Policy ID2: Sustainable Transport for New Developments View all on this section
Respondent Barton Willmore (M Ed Pigott) View all by this respondent
Response Date 21 Jan 2020

Policy ID2 concerns sustainable development and sets out the Council’s requirements in relation to highways and parking. The Council should ensure that any policy requirement is fully evidenced, justified and tested for viability to ensure that it does not fetter the delivery of much needed employment floorspace. Any requirement for a contribution/obligation must be in line with the tests set out within Paragraph 55 of the NPPF and Regulation 122 of the CIL Regulations.

In addition to the above, the Policy sets out that all major development proposals will be required to provide a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan. This is considered too onerous and additional wording should be included within the policy to clarify that the information required should be commensurate to the scale of the development. It is noted that text is set out within the Reasoned Justification, but this should be included within the Policy as well.

Suggested Policy Wording
Policy ID2: Sustainable Transport for New Developments

e) providing funding to deliver the transport projects and highways improvements required to support the spatial strategy as set out in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (forthcoming) in accordance with national guidance relating to planning obligations;

f) providing a transport assessment and travel plan for all major development proposals, commensurate with the scale of development, in order to promote the delivery and use of sustainable transport. The Travel Plan should set out how it will facilitate the use of sustainable and active transport modes, including but not limited to; car clubs and employee shuttle bus schemes between public transport interchanges and employment areas.

Proposed Change