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Select Committee warned of traffic implications of new planning policy

24 October 2011
Campaign for Better Transport will warn that the Government's new planning framework will add to congestion and car-based development later today (24 October), as part of oral evidence to the Communities Select Committee examining the Government's draft National Planning Policy Framework.

Stephen Joseph, the transport charity’s chief executive, said: "As currently drafted, the NPPF takes office developments out of the 'town centre first' policy, removes requirements for locating development where it can be well served by public transport, and makes it very difficult to turn down development on traffic and transport grounds. If unaltered, this will result in significant out of town car-based development, especially of offices and other commercial development, and the resulting congestion will damage rather than help economic growth. We hope the Government will listen to these concerns and amend the NPPF accordingly."

Notes to Editors

1. You can read Campaign for Better Transport’s response to the Government’s consultation here.

2. Last month The RAC Foundation and Campaign for Better Transport joined forces to write to Planning Minister Greg Clark to express serious concerns about transport aspects of the Government’s new planning proposals. Read the letter here.

3. The impact of office development located at motorway junctions, commissioned by Campaign for Better Transport and carried out by transport consultants MTRU, looked at the effect of building a business park at 34 of the 40 junctions on a 175 mile stretch of the M1 between junction 8 (St Albans and Hemel Hempstead) and junction 47 (Leeds). The research discovered that traffic levels would increase by 16 per cent (the equivalent of one motorway lane), journey delays would almost double (from 3.6 minutes per 10 miles to 6.4 minutes) and congestion costs would hit £250 million.

4. 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).