Reform planning rules to halt car-based housing, says CIHT

Reform planning rules to halt car-based housing, says CIHT

Changes to planning policy in England are needed to bring an end to car-based housing developments, according to a report by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

The CIHT says there is increasing frustration that current planning policies create car-based developments, “contrary to the stated aims of national planning policy”.

It recommends giving transport greater prominence in the local plan examination and approval process. Among specific proposals, the CIHT says active travel and accessibility considerations should be given the same weight as existing requirements for councils to demonstrate a deliverable five-year supply of housing land and protect the Green Belt.

Scrapping HS2 ‘will delay transport improvements for the North’

Scrapping HS2 will delay transport improvements for the north of England, the founder of pro-high-speed rail organisation Greengauge 21 has said.

Writing in LTT, Jim Steer says the calls to abandon HS2 and build Northern Powerhouse Rail instead are not in the North’s interest.

Pointing out that the planning of NPR is at a much less advanced stage, he says: “The North deserves both schemes but cancelling HS2 would have the effect of delaying benefits in the North into the 2040s.”

Steer says building HS2 will also give the Government a piece of infrastructure of “immense value to the public purse”, which could be sold as a concession.

The Government has published the terms of reference for the review of HS2.

WYCA launches global search for rapid transit technologies

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has launched an international search for technology ideas to inform a mass transit system for the Leeds city region.

The WYCA wants to hear about the latest technologies from operators, manufacturers, constructors, consultants, academics, planners and others across the globe.

Technologies should be suitable for end-to-end routes of between ten and 30km, with vehicles having the capacity for 200-300 people to board/alight at stops.

‘Give councils funding to develop major road schemes’

Midlands Connect has called for Government funding to allow councils to prepare new scheme submissions to the DfT’s Major Road Network and Large Local Majors funding streams.

The non-statutory sub-national transport body says squeezed council budgets are hampering their ability to bring new schemes forward.

Midlands Connect also wants ministers to give each part of England a regional funding allocation for road schemes.

Should we introduce a parking levy, asks Leicester

Leicester City Council is launching a public engagement on introducing a workplace parking levy, which the council believes could raise £4m-£7m a year for transport improvements.

Five uni-led networks to probe transport decarbonisation

The Government has announced funding for five university-led research networks to look at ways of decarbonising the transport system.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is contributing £5m to the Decarbonising Transport Networks+ programme, with the five networks led by the universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Durham, Cardiff, and University College London.

Professor Greg Marsden of the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, is the programme lead.


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This post was written by Andrew Forster. Andrew Forster edits the fortnightly magazine Local Transport Today, covering transport policy and practice from across the UK. To subscribe to Local Transport Today, click here.

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