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

Comment ID pol/285
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Infrastructure and Delivery Policy ID2: Sustainable Transport for New Developments View all on this section
Respondent Surrey County Council (Mr Jame… View all by this respondent
Response Date 21 Jan 2020

Policy ID2: Sustainable Transport for New Developments
It is noted that the Policies Document states that Policy ID2 will replace CC2 of the Core Strategy. Whilst the required points on sustainable travel are covered, Policy CC2 also covered highway safety, which is not covered and needs to be incorporated into the plan.

To manage expectations, it might be worth mentioning in the text supporting Policy ID2 that modes of travel may need to be prioritised, given the constraints on the public highways. So sustainable and active travel modes may need to be prioritised at the expense of vehicles. Clearly mitigation of the congestion likely to result from new development will require a significant behaviour change and potentially significant investment, not only in the change of mode priority on public highway, but a wider active travel and land-use strategy that reduces travel demand and makes walking, cycling and public transport the natural choice for most trips, particularly for Staines. This issue will need to be addressed in some depth within the Staines Masterplan.

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