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Reducing the need to travel can improve the quality and prosperity of our towns and cities

13 December 2011
Campaign for Better Transport has produced a new guide to Reducing the Need to Travel, which aims to give campaign groups the information and resources they need to influence local planning and transport decisions, policies and programmes in England.

The guide also sets out what campaigners can do to oppose development that undermines local services and amenities and increases, rather than reduces the need to travel.

Richard Bourn, Campaign for Better Transport’s traffic and planning campaigner, said: “In many areas people need to travel further and further as local facilities disappear and new developments can only be reached by car. This could get even worse as the essential principle of reducing the need to travel will be removed from national planning policy if current proposals for the National Planning Policy Framework go ahead. If we’re to reduce carbon emissions from transport, switch from the car to other transport modes and improve the quality and prosperity of our towns and cities then it will be up to local communities to fight for the principle in their local plans. This guide is about giving them the tools to do that.”

A Campaigners’ Guide to: Reducing the Need to Travel is available here.

Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).